Penn State was trailing Michigan 28-0 early in the third quarter. The Nittany Lions’ best offensive drive of the day led to fourth and goal at the 2-yard line. James Franklin, who is never far removed from hot seat speculation, opted to send his field goal unit onto the field.
With the play clock winding down, he used a timeout but did not reassess his plan.
Franklin was taking feverish notes during the play. Apparently he’s consulting some complex formula unknown to mere fans. Or he was just doing some division, only to discover too late it takes 10 field goals to overcome a 28-point deficit.