Penn State bookends their regular season with a win. First against Idaho. Now against Rutgers 27-6. For head coach James Franklin, a ten plus winning season, his third time in his career here at Penn State and for these seniors, they go out with a victory and now head to a bowl game.
"It's pretty cool to get over that ten-win mark just because last year, we came up a little bit short, having some trouble with some losses," Penn State sophomore wide receiver Jahan Dotson said. "It's pretty cool to get over that ten-win mark and do it for these seniors."
"We've got a lot of respect for that program," coach Franklin said of Rutgers. "They have given us fits. There have been games where we've played well, but there's been battles. There's been battles with those guys. I think in a lot of ways, we always get Rutgers' best. I think a lot of it is there's so much familiarity with the two programs."
"Honestly, they ran hard," Penn State senior linebacker Cam Brown said of the close game. "Credit to them. Quarterback, running back, all their running backs, they ran really hard. They made sure they were falling forward and even their O-line was pushing. They played as a team. They played hard and really well. So, I think that was the biggest difficulty for us."
Penn State was able to run the ball effectively. Will Levis ran for 108 yards in his first start at Quarterback. Journey Brown scored three touchdowns in the win.
"Of course the big boys up front," Brown gave credit to. "They've been doing a fantastic job all year and even with the tight ends and receivers blocking on the edges and everybody just doing their one-eleventh and just get stuff moving and for us, the Lawn Boys, we just take advantage of our opportunities that people that are blocking for us present to us.
When asked if Will Levis deserved to be an honorary Law Boy, Brown continued.
"He might have to," Brown said. "He's a big boy. He runs like it, too. He proved it. So, yeah, he might have to get an honorary Lawn Boy little t-shirt or something like that."
"We've got something going really special here and our kids believe that," Franklin said of the culture his seniors have created. "You see it in the locker room. You feel it in the locker room. So those guys have given a lot to this community. They've given a lot to this university."