"I definitely did, due to my grandmother not being able to see this game past year". Here are some numbers that stood out to me. "And when you ask for that play, you've gotta win your one-on-ones", Barkley said. But only because it was the only one his team had this week. It also served as a spring board of sorts for Penn State.
The loss played a role in the Nittany Lions just missing out on the College Football Playoff - finishing the season at No. 5.
But it'll be the same mindset around Penn State's practice fields for the October 21 game against MI, which handed Penn State a second regular-season loss in 2016.
Overall this may have been Penn State's best and most consistent unit on Saturday, and when things aren't going as good as they can in other areas, solid special teams can make up for a lot of mistakes.
For the third-straight season, Princeton lost its season-opener to North Carolina, dropping a 2-0 decision to the No. 1 Tar Heels on September 1.
Star running back James Connor is gone from Pitt, but they do have some talented players left on offense.
All-American returner Quadree Henderson helped set Pitt apart from the crowd last season and was an equalizer that kept the Panthers competitive in many games. "We just played within the framework of our unit".
The Nittany Lions at No. 3 are the highest-ranked Big Ten team in the poll ahead of No. 7 Michigan, No. 11 Maryland, No. 14 Northwestern, No. 17 Iowa, No. 22 Rutgers and No. 23 Ohio State.
"It just gives the offense confidence", Barkley said.
During the fourth quarter, down by two touchdowns against mighty Penn State, the Pittsburgh Panthers did the unthinkable. He's already off to a good start, putting up 246 all-purpose yards in last week's romp over the Zips.
Pittsburgh defeated Penn State 42-39 in 2016, though the Nittany Lions almost erased a 21-point deficit with four scoring drives in the second half.
The Tar Heels managed just two shots on goal the entire night, with their best chance coming during the final minutes. They held onto that win all season.
"We didn't score for a while", said Miller, a defensive end who had two sacks. Jumping on a young Pitt team early in a hostile environment is a priority. It's what happens when you get too cute. LUCKY UNDIES?: Narduzzi admits he's a little superstitious, but within reason.
Could Barkley carry this talented Penn State squad all the way to the National Championship game? ". That's the only part that I felt disrespected with".