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#pounditMonday, February 26, 2024

James Franklin pulls controversial move at end of Penn State win

James Franklin has Penn State score a TD in the closing seconds against WVU

Penn State head coach James Franklin raised some eyebrows during his team’s season opener against West Virginia at Beaver Stadium on Saturday night.

The Nittany Lions had possession of the football and held a definitive 31-15 lead with just 13 seconds left on the game clock. In such a scenario, most fans would expect the winning side to simply take the knee and run out the clock. But with Penn State positioned at 2nd-and-goal, Franklin decided otherwise.

Backup QB Beau Pribula took the snap and managed to sneak his way into the end zone for a touchdown. The play plus the extra point yielded a final score of 38-15.

The last-second TD didn’t impact the game’s end result. However, it was conspicuously the winning play for bettors who took Penn State’s -20.5 spread over West Virginia. It also pushed the game total to 53, which just barely cleared the game’s over/under line of 52.

Some fans were quick to point out the rather glaring coincidence that overlapped with Franklin’s decision to score a seemingly inconsequential TD.

Controversy aside, Franklin still got the most important end result that he was looking for — a win for Penn State.

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