PSU's "Franklin Rules"

PSU's "Franklin Rules"

Nittany Lion head coach sets framework for late-game situations.
STATE COLLEGE - James Franklin must have good ears, because he's clearly heard some criticism of his late game clock management.
 
Even though Penn State came away with a win against UCF on a last-second field goal in the season opener, the Nittany Lions almost ran out of time despite starting their last drive with all three timeouts.
 
So Franklin this week is publicly laying out his rules for the end of the game.
 
"We will never use the time out for first downs because when you get a first down during two minutes the clock will pause until the chains are set,” Franklin says. “So you have plenty of time in our system to get a play called without losing any time off the clock.  So that's how we will do things from here on out."
 
Franklin says he'll physically follow every play near the sidelines in case the Nittany Lions are kept in bounds so he can quickly call timeout.
 
Penn State will also always save a TO to set up a last-second field goal.
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