STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) James Franklin has crisscrossed the country, recruiting in Alabama through California and Michigan in the last week. Everyone he meets has congratulatory words for the Penn State football coach.
"I've got everybody coming up to me saying, `Wow, Coach, best bowl game I've ever seen,'" Franklin said Saturday. "I said, 'It wasn't that darned good, you know?' I understand from an entertainment standpoint it was awesome, but we didn't win the game."
Although their season ended with a 52-49 loss in the highest-scoring Rose Bowl, the Nittany Lions enjoyed a remarkable turnaround in Franklin's third year. Winners of nine straight before the Rose Bowl, the Nittany Lions just missed out on a trip to the College Football Playoff and at No. 7 had their best season-ending ranking in more than a decade.