Win at Iowa would mean milestone for coach James Franklin

Nittany Nation

Escaping Iowa City with a win Saturday would mark a first for coach James Franklin and his Penn State teams.

Coach James Franklin does not have a win over an Associated Press top-25 team on the road in his career. It can be hard to believe. After all, the Nittany Lions did win a Big Ten championship in 2016 and have had a number of signature wins over Franklin’s tenure.

Although, some of the team’s biggest wins have been at home or at a neutral site.

Even Franklin’s teams at Vanderbilt were unable to snag a road win over an AP Top-25 team.

You can find a list of all 11 of Franklin-coached teams’ losses on the road below.

Nov. 3, 2018
No. 5 Michigan beats No. 14 Penn State 42-7
Oct. 28, 2017
No. 6 Ohio State beats No. 2 Penn State 39-38
Nov. 4, 2017
No. 24 Michigan State beast No. 7 Penn State 27-24
Sept. 24, 2016
No. 4 Michigan beats unranked Penn State 49-10 (B1G Championship year)
Oct. 17, 2015
No. 1 Ohio State beats unranked Penn State 38-10
Nov. 28, 2015
No. 6 Michigan State beats unranked Penn State 55-16
Sept. 14, 2013
No. 13 South Carolina beats unranked Vanderbilt 35-25
Oct. 26, 2013
No. 14 Texas A&M beats unranked Vanderbilt 56-24
Sept. 22, 2012
No. 5 Georgia beats unranked Vanderbilt 48-3

No. 17 Iowa hosts No. 10 Penn State Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET televised on ABC.

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