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Mike Francesa goes off on 'stooge' James Franklin over timeout at end of Penn State's 56-0 win

Matt Rosenberg
| Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, 11:42 a.m.

Did Penn State coach James Franklin ice Georgia State kicker Brandon Wright with a 56-0 lead at the end of the fourth quarter?

Whatever the answer to that question, WFAN radio host Mike Francesa didn't want to hear it.

Franklin took some heat for calling a timeout as Wright kicked a 31-yard field goal through the uprights with seconds left in the fourth quarter. Franklin later explained he didn't have the proper field-goal block unit on the field.

Wright missed the second attempt, and Penn State preserved the 56-0 shutout.

Francesa wasn't buying Franklin's coverage explanation.


Mike Francesa goes off on James Franklin


"You called timeout to ice the kicker," he said. "That's the bottom line."

Two callers tried to explain why Franklin might have called the timeout.

The first caller tried to explain that the teams had been heading across the field to shake hands before Georgia State quickly brought out its field-goal unit to go for a kick and Franklin had to call timeout otherwise the team would've gotten a penalty for having too many players on the field.

"Oh give me a break. So what would've happened if he got a penalty? Get out of here. Admit your guy made a mistake," Francesa said.

Another caller tried to explain how Penn State had its fourth-string defense on the field and that Franklin didn't want to embarrass his team by having a non-field-goal block team on the field.

"Were they lined up?" Francesa says.

"They were lined up," the caller says.

"Then the coach is lying, and you're lying for him, understand?" Francesa screams. "He's got to try to block a kick at 56-0? He's a horses (expletive) for doing that."

Penn State head football coach James Franklin talks to his coaches during an NCAA college football game against Pittsburgh, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa. Penn State won, 33-14. (Abby Drey/Centre Daily Times via AP)
Penn State head football coach James Franklin talks to his coaches during an NCAA college football game against Pittsburgh, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa. Penn State won, 33-14. (Abby Drey/Centre Daily Times via AP)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 06:  Chris Russo and Mike Francesa (pictured) of 'Mike and the Mad Dog' get together for a SiriusXM Town Hall hosted by Chazz Palminteri at SiriusXM Studios on July 6, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 06: Chris Russo and Mike Francesa (pictured) of 'Mike and the Mad Dog' get together for a SiriusXM Town Hall hosted by Chazz Palminteri at SiriusXM Studios on July 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
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