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Lions' Will to Win Shines on Final Drive in Ireland

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DUBLIN, Ireland - It was almost as if a sense of calm came over the Penn State sideline on the pitch in Croke Park Stadium on Saturday afternoon when UCF capped off a 75-yard drive with a go-ahead touchdown as the clock read 1:13 to play.

Down 24-23, Christian Hackenberg trotted onto the field with three timeouts in his pocket knowing he need to get the ball into field goal range or the game was over. While he is just a sophomore, Hackenberg has the poise of a senior and was no stranger to the stakes.

"We were excited. This team has been there before," Hackenberg said. "Even though we are young, we knew what we could do. Geno (Lewis) made a big play. Bill (Belton) made a fantastic play to get out of bounds. It's just one of those things where guys stepped up."

From top to bottom, the offensive unit never doubted how the game was going to end. That says a lot about the leadership in the huddle on an offense that had five players starting in their first game on Saturday.

"We all believed in each other," redshirt freshman Andrew Nelson said. "We all knew that the person next to you had your back. We had repped it in practice, and we were confident in what we were going to do."

"Whenever he is out there, everyone has the most confidence in him," senior Mike Hull said. "When he is in a two-minute situation at the end of a game, we know he is going to get the job done."

The final drive began at the Penn State 26-yard line. Hackenberg connected with Geno Lewis for a seven-yard gain. Following a third-down incompletion, the reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year made a quick decision to scramble for a do-or-die first down on fourth-and-three.

"I knew it was fourth down and if I was going to go, I had to go," Hackenberg said. "I just tried to get as much as I could."

One play later, Hackenberg shoveled a pass to Bill Belton, who raced 13 yards to the UCF 46. Lewis and Hackenberg connected for completions of nine and 18 yards, respectively, on the next two plays.

"It's just like it was last year, we practice it so much, and the coaches do such a great job of putting us in situations (on the practice field)," Hackenberg said. "I think today, guys went out and they wanted it. Guys made plays."

The final reception to Lewis led to a Nittany Lion timeout with three seconds on the clock.

Ficken trotted onto the field with the kicking unit, and the rest will live in Penn State and Croke Park lore.

"It wasn't a really difficult kick. The wind was blowing right to left," Ficken said. "I asked them to get the ball to the right side of the field so that I could play the wind a little better. The snap was good. The hold was good. Honestly, I didn't hit it great, but it went through and that's all that matters."

As the 36-yard kick sailed inside the right upright to give Penn State a 26-24 victory, the Lions stormed the field to chase after Ficken, who made a victory lap in front of the more than 15,000 Penn State fans who flew across the pond to see the game. The field goal made it a storybook ending for head coach James Franklin's first win as Penn State head coach.

"That guy has had as consistent of a spring and summer as anyone on our team," Franklin said. "I'm just happy for him...He's a perfect example of people in life and in this program that if you stay positive, persevere and keep working, good things will happen."

After landing in Pittsburgh on Saturday night around 11 p.m. ET and a bus ride to State College, the team will get some rest before getting right back to work on Sunday in preparation for Saturday's home opener against Akron.

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2014 Photo Blog - Penn State vs. UCF

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DUBLIN, Ireland - Welcome to's coverage of the 2014 football season. Check back often for an inside look at the Lions' season-opener across the pond in Dublin.


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2014 Game Blog - Penn State vs. UCF

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DUBLIN, Ireland - Welcome to's live, interactive coverage of the 2014 football season. Tune in for live blog coverage from all 12 games on the schedule. We kick things off today with coverage from the season-opener inside Croke Park against UCF in Ireland.

Live Blog 2014 Game Blog - Penn State vs. UCF

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Nittany Lions Greeted By Huge Crowd in Dublin on Friday

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Gameday Preview | Photo Gallery |  Ireland Day I Coverage | Ireland Day II Coverage

DUBLIN, Ireland - Approximately 10,000 boisterous Penn State fans filled every inch of the cobblestones on Essex Street East in Dublin on Friday afternoon to give the Nittany Lions a warm welcome across the pond.

The crowd began forming around the pep rally stage more than an hour prior to the start of the scheduled event. The Blue and White supporters surrounded the stage from street level to the rooftops. The Nittany Lion, Blue Band, cheerleaders and Lionettes performed before a host of speakers addressed the crowd.

"Penn State nation has descended on Dublin," said Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour.

"You guys take road trip to a new level," said Hall of Fame and Nittany Lion great Jack Ham.

Approximately 20 members of the 2014 squad walked onto the small stage to say hello to the fans in attendance. Juniors Ben Kline and Matt Zanellato spoke to electric crowd.

"We came here to get an unbelievable education and play in front of the best fans in the world. This is what we are talking about," said junior Matt Zanellato.

The Nittany Lions held a walkthrough at UCD on Friday morning before having lunch inside Trinity College. From there, the team filled three double-decker buses for a narrated tour through the city. On seemingly every city corner during the bus tour, the players exchanged "We Are" chants with Penn State fans. Nittany Nation traveled in great numbers to Dublin for the Croke Park Classic.

The support across the pond on Friday was tremendous as the season-opener approaches.

Take a look at some snapshots from Friday's festivities in Dublin.


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2014 Gameday Preview - Lions Open Season In Dublin

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Game Notes | Depth Chart | UCF Scouting Report | Huge Crowd Greets Lions in Ireland

Ireland Day I Coverage | Ireland Day II Coverage | Ireland Photo Gallery

DUBLIN, Ireland - For the first time in its 128-year gridiron history, the Nittany Lion football team will play an international game. Penn State is set to meet UCF in the season-opening Croke Park Classic on Saturday (8:30 a.m. on ESPN2) in Ireland.

Head coach James Franklin will debut as leader of the Nittany Lions when he leads the team onto the infamous Irish pitch inside Croke Park Stadium. The Blue and White enter the season with seven returning starters on both offense and defense. The Lions begin the season with 54 true or redshirt freshmen on the roster.

Penn State traveled to Dublin overnight on Tuesday. After practicing at University College Dublin for three days, the Nittany Lions are focused on the season-opener against a very talented UCF squad. On the heels of a 12-1 season and a win in the Fiesta Bowl, the Knights are under the direction of 18-year veteran head coach George O'Leary.

The long wait is over. The 2014 Penn State Football season is here.  Welcome to an international version of the Gameday Preview for the season-opener against the UCF Knights.

Pregame Reading:
What to Watch For - Penn State
1. The Nittany Lions have been more than 3,000 miles away from Happy Valley since Wednesday morning, so game week has been anything but normal from a travel perspective. But the on-field preparations and meetings have been business as usual for the Nittany Lions across the pond. Penn State held three practices in Ireland and usual gameplan meetings throughout the week. The schedule has been as close to a typical game week as possible. As Coach Franklin has said all week, this is a business trip for the team and its staff. The Lions have been exposed to some of the finest cuisine and sites in Ireland during the week, but the group has been focused on the task at hand since it arrived.

10256181.jpeg2. Reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year Christian Hackenberg will lead the Nittany Lion offense for the second-straight season. Hackenberg, who was voted captain by his peers during training camp, is an improved player in all facets of the game after a strong offseason in the weight room and on the field. Franklin has noted several times during the offseason that the cast of players surrounding the quarterback is the key group to keep an eye on. Headlining the cast is a pair of senior running backs - Bill Belton and Zach Zwinak - and a corps of veteran tight ends led by Jesse James and Kyle Carter. Keep an eye on the youthful receiving corps made up of Geno Lewis, DaeSean Hamilton, Chris Godwin and Saeed Blacknall.

3. The Penn State defense had a superb training camp season. A group filled with veterans, the Nittany Lions enter the season with eight defensive starters who are juniors or seniors. The man calling the shots on the defensive side of the ball is fifth-year senior Mike Hull. Hull is the team's top returning tackler (78 stops in 2013). In addition to Hull, defensive end C.J. Olaniyan and safeties Ryan Keiser and Adrian Amos will start as seniors. Defensive coordinator Bob Shoop wants to see an attacking style with relentless pursuit of the ball every time his unit steps onto the field.

What to Watch For - UCF
1. The UCF defense features nine returning starters from last year's team that went 12-1. The Knights finished in the nation's top 20 in scoring defense in 2013, allowing just 21.3 points per game. Bednarik Award candidate Terrance Plummer returns as the team's top tackler. He finished with 110 tackles in 2013. The UCF secondary features two Jim Thorpe Award candidates in senior Clayton Geathers and sophomore cornerback Jacoby Glenn. Geathers recorded 100 stops, two interceptions and 10 pass breakups last season. Glenn had two interceptions and 15 pass breakups.

10256196.jpeg2. The Penn State coaching staff believes UCF has among the top receiving units that the Nittany Lions will face all season. Senior Rannell Hall made 57 receptions for 886 yards and had five touchdowns last year. Junior Breshad Perriman averaged nearly 21 yards per reception in 2013. Perriman finished with 811 yards and 39 catches. J.J. Worton is the third key contributor in the receiving corps. Worton tallied 47 receptions and seven touchdowns last season. Former UCF quarterback and NFL first-round selection Black Bortles is now playing on Sundays. Redshirt freshman Pete DiNovo will make his first career start, but he has a talented cast of receivers on the field to distribute the ball to.

3. The Knights also enter the season with a solid group of specialists on the depth chart. Placekicker Shawn Moffitt is a Lou Groza Award candidate after going 21-for-23 on field goal attempts in 2013. Punter Caleb Houston averaged 42.2 yards per punt last season, as well. Hall (KR) and Worton (PR) are the team's return threats. Hall is among UCF's leaders in nearly every kickoff return category. Worton has 55 punt returns for 573 yards in his career.

The Final Word:
Historic Croke Park will play host to Saturday's clash between Penn State and UCF. Finished in 1913, Croke Park Stadium has a 69,000-seat capacity for the football game. Home of the Gaelic Games, the stadium is a large structure that towers over most of the buildings in Dublin, but does so with an intimate feel inside. The sports and cultural heritage of the stadium can be felt from the moment an individual walks inside. The pitch is hallowed ground not touched by anyone but competitors or the grounds crew. The pitch itself is large enough to fit more than two football fields across it, giving Saturday's game a unique look. The football lines will be centered in the pitch, which provides significant space between the sidelines and the stadium structure. Playing inside Croke Park means a lot to the Nittany Lions.

"There is no doubt that it is a national treasure for them," Franklin said. "Sports are very, very important in this country. I think the whole thing has been surreal in a lot of ways."

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Day Two Coverage of the Nittany Lions in Ireland

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10255504.jpegDay I Coverage in Ireland | Photo Gallery

DUBLIN, Ireland. - 
With the season-opener looming on Saturday inside Croke Park (8:30 a.m. ET on ESPN2), it was business as usual for the Nittany Lions on Thursday in their game preparations in Ireland.

The team held its normal team and position meetings in the morning before traveling to University College of Dublin (UCD) for practice. 
The Lions finished a busy Thursday in Ireland with a team meal at the Guinness Storehouse high above the Dublin skyline.

Head coach James Franklin was pleased with the team's focus level at practice on Thursday, and he said that he feels like the team is ready for the opener against UCF.

"We got really good work done. We basically repeated yesterday's practice, but went full speed," Franklin said. "Mother Nature cooperated. The weather is beautiful. We got a lot of really good work done...I think the guys have had a really good experience. The hotel has been unbelievable. The GAA has been unbelievable. And we are excited to get out there and play."

The team will hold its normal walkthrough on Friday at UCD before meetings and a team meal on Friday evening. Franklin said he feels good about where the team is heading into the final day of prep for Saturday's game.

"I think every day that it gets closer there is more anticipation," Franklin said. "There is no doubt about that. But I'm not a guy that gets excited until the morning of the game. Usually, I sleep very well the night before the game. I wake up that morning and kind of get those butterflies. In the locker room, I get the butterflies. And things like that. But before that, there are things like today that we have to get cleaned up that are on our mind. Until all of those things are done, that's where my focus is."

James Franklin Practice Update - Thursday

Following the practice session on Thursday, the Nittany Lions received an interactive informational session on Gaelic football and hurling, two games that are a fixture in Ireland. The Lions split into groups for hands-on instruction for both sports before professionals put on an exhibition of the two sports. Cormac o'Donnoha, Director of Experience Gaelic Games, led the instruction at UCD. Take a look.


The day concluded with a terrific factory tour and meal at the Guinness Storehouse in downtown Dublin. The team visited several levels of the factory before congregating on the fifth floor of the building for a buffet dinner. The building where the Storehouse is located was built in 1902 as a fermentation plant for the St. James's Gate Brewery. It was the first multi-story steel-framed structure to be built in Ireland.


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2014 Football Opponent Previews - UCF

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9362541.jpegUCF, Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland, 8:30 a.m. ET, ESPN2

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Knights, led by George O'Leary, open their 2014 campaign looking to repeat as American Athletic Conference champions.  UCF finished last year with a 12-1 record, including 8-0 in the AAC.  They were selected for their first BCS bowl in program history, defeating Baylor 52-42 in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.  O'Leary enters his 11th year as UCF's head coach with a 72-56 career record and was named AAC Coach of the Year in 2013.

The Knights return six starters from an offense that averaged 30.4 points and 441.5 yards per game last year.  UCF must replace three All-AAC offensive linemen and their backfield. 

UCF will have a new quarterback in 2014 after Blake Bortles entered the NFL Draft and was selected third overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars.  The Knights will start redshirt freshman Pete DiNovo, native of Tarpon Springs, Fla. DiNovo got the nod over Justin Holman and Boise State transfer Nick Patti.

The Knights will also have a new running back after Storm Johnson also entered the draft.  Six-foot-one, 225-pound sophomore William Stanback will take over the main role after gaining 443 yards and six touchdowns on 105 carries (4.2 yards per carry).  The Doak Walker Award candidate also caught 15 passes for 186 yards and a score. 

A talented receiver group will lead the offense with three of their top four wideouts back from 2013.  Each receiver brings a good combination of size and speed that will be a challenge for a Penn State secondary that is one of the most experienced units on the defense. 

Senior Rannell Hall led the team with 886 yards on 57 catches, while adding five touchdowns.  The 6-foot-1 Hall will also contribute on kick returns after he averaged nearly 24 yards per return in 2013.

Joining Hall are junior Breshad Perriman and redshirt senior J.J. Worton.  The 6-foot-3 Perriman averaged almost 21 yards per catch last year, totaling 811 yards and four touchdowns on 39 catches. Worton, 6-foot-2, gained 721 yards and seven scores on 47 receptions. Worton will also contribute on punt returns.  Tight end Justin Tukes caught 13 passes for 116 yards and a score last year.

The offensive line will include three new starters after All-AAC linemen Chris Martin, Jordan McCray and Justin McCray all graduated.  Tackle Torrian Wilson returns and was named a preseason First Team All-AAC player by Phil Steele. 

UCF returns nine starters from a defense that ranked among the nation's top 20 in scoring defense in 2013, allowing just 21.3 points per game.  They also had a strong run defense, giving up 122.5 yards per game.

The Knight defensive line is led by two redshirt juniors, tackle Demetris Anderson and end Thomas Niles.  Anderson recorded 24 tackles, including seven for loss and a sack in 2013, while Niles compiled 30 tackles, with eight for loss and four sacks. 

Bednarik Award candidate Terrance Plummer leads the linebacking corps.  Plummer led the knights with 110 tackles, 62 solo, and 8.5 for loss. He added 2.5 sacks and two interceptions as well as two forced fumbles.

The secondary returns all four starters, including two Jim Thorpe Award candidates.  Redshirt senior safety Clayton Geathers recorded 100 tackles, 64 solo, two interceptions and 10 pass breakups last year.  He is joined by redshirt sophomore cornerback Jacoby Glenn, who picked off two passes and broke up 15.  Safety Brandon Alexander and cornerback Jordan Ozerities also return.  Alexander picked off three passes in 2013, while Ozerities picked off one.

UCF is also strong in the kicking game. Kicker Shawn Moffitt, a Lou Groza Award candidate, connected on 21-of-23 attempts, with a long of 50 yards.  Ray Guy Award candidate Caleb Houston averaged 42.2 yards per punt.

Penn State is 2-1 all-time against the Golden Knights and will look to bounce back from last year's 34-31 setback at Beaver Stadium.

What George O'Leary is saying about Penn State:
"Christian (Hackenberg) was really an exceptional player for a freshman. The Big Ten certainly thought so. I would expect that if he keeps improving like he did as a freshman, each game he got better and understood more about the defense, he will be a quarterback that you hear a lot about in college football."

"I think (Austin Johnson) is a really good tackle. Their two ends are back; we played against them last year. In my opinion, the bulk of their defense is the Mike linebacker, (Mike) Hull.  He's a very good player. They've always had good linebackers there. They always have good players."

"Penn State is a school with a rich football tradition for a long, long time. That hasn't disappeared and they have a lot of good players that can win games for them."

Contributions on all of the 2014 Opponent Previews provided by Student Writer Paul Marboe.

Nittany Lions Complete Busy First Day in Ireland

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Photo Gallery - Ireland Day One

DUBLIN, Ireland - It was a whirlwind 24-hour period for the Nittany Lions as they journeyed across the Atlantic Ocean in preparation for Saturday's season-opener against UCF (8:30 a.m. ET, ESPN2) in Ireland.

Penn State's journey to Dublin began on Tuesday night, and the team did not see its hotel until dinnertime on Wednesday. followed the Nittany Lions every step of the way. Take a look at a busy day of travel with the team.

8:13 p.m. ET (Tuesday Night) - Buses Depart State College
The first wave of staff buses pulled out of the Bryce Jordan Center parking lot just before 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday evening to begin the first leg of the travel to Europe. The players and coaches followed the staff buses with a 9 p.m. departure from the Lasch Football Complex after Tuesday afternoon's practice.

irelandblog_1.jpg10 p.m. ET (Tuesday Night) - Arrival at Harrisburg
The first set of buses arrived at the main terminal of the Harrisburg International Airport at 10 p.m. Each member of the more than 300 in the travel party visited the United desk inside the terminal for passport verification and the reception of a printed boarding pass.

irelandblog_2.jpg 12:01 a.m. ET (Tuesday Night) - Flight Departs the USA
Just after midnight, the United Boeing 747-400 jumbo jet backed away from Gate B6 in Harrisburg. The jet had spent the day traveling from Tokyo to Chicago and then to Harrisburg before transporting the Nittany Lions to Ireland. The jet itself was a tremendous aircraft featuring two levels, 180-degree seats in three of its cabins and a total of 370 passenger seats in 60 rows.

irelandblog_3.jpgirelandblog_4.jpg11:09 a.m. IST (Wednesday) - Touch Down In Dublin
The charter flight touched down at Dublin Airport just after 11:09 a.m. IST. From there, the party deplaned and collected luggage before working through customs and boarding a total of eight tour buses. Head coach James Franklin took a few minutes to meet the media before the squad left the airport to talk about the team's overnight travel.


12:15 p.m. IST - 3 p.m. IST - Travel Party Visits Croke Park
With the eight tour buses and luggage packed, the group traveled to Croke Park Stadium for a welcome reception and buffet lunch. Following lunch, the group dispersed for a tour of the facility. The players had the opportunity to see the Dublin skyline from the roof of Croke Park, walk on the pitch and visit the locker rooms.    

irelandblog_7.jpgirelandblog_8.jpgirelandblog_10.jpgirelandblog_9.jpg4:30 p.m. IST - Practice at University College Dublin
After the visit to Croke Park Stadium, the team travel party drove approximately 30 minutes to the Penn State practice site for the week at University College Dublin. The Lions conducted a normal "Thursday" practice session, according to Coach Franklin.

irelandblog_11.jpgirelandblog_12.jpg6:20 p.m. IST - Media Interviews After Practice
At the conclusion of Wednesday's practice session, Franklin and a host of players visited with 28 members of the media who attended the last portion of practice. More than 20 of the 28 media members in attendance traveled from Pennsylvania to cover the Nittany Lions during their trip to Dublin.

7:15 p.m. IST - Hotel Check In and Dinner
The busy first day across the pond ended at the Powerscourt Hotel when the Nittany Lions held a team meal and checked into their home during the trip.

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VIDEO: UCF Week Player Q&As - Mike Hull & C.J. Olaniyan

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - catches up with seniors Mike Hull and C.J. Olaniyan at Beaver Stadium prior to the team's departure to Ireland on Tuesday.

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Week One Press Conference Roundup - UCF Week

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10249251.jpegJames Franklin Transcript - Aug. 26 | VIDEO: UCF Week Player Q&As
Depth Chart Released for Opener | Breaking Down the Travel Logistics | Game Notes

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Head coach James Franklin addressed the media inside the Beaver Stadium Media Room on what will be a very busy Tuesday for Penn State Football.

The equipment staff spent several hours in the morning packing the approximately 20,000 pounds of cargo that will travel to Dublin for Saturday's game against UCF. Franklin and a trio of players spoke to the media at 12:40 p.m. The team then held meetings in the afternoon before practice. After dinner, the group will board buses bound for Harrisburg in preparation for an overnight flight to Dublin.

Before shifting into Ireland mode, Franklin opened the press conference with an academic update from the summer's academic sessions. While there are still a few more grades to come in, there were 69 players on the roster who had a 3.0 summer grade-point average or better. That list included seven players who had a 4.0. Additionally, Ryan Keiser, C.J. Olaniyan, Devin Pryor and Deron Thompson all graduated in mid-August.

From there, Franklin addressed the season-opener against the UCF Knights. In all, UCF returns 15 of their 22 starters, including nine on defense, from last year's team that went 12-1 and won the Fiesta Bowl. Head coach George O'Leary returns for his 11th season as head coach of UCF.

"It's game week. It's finally here. I know everybody's excited," Franklin said.

Penn State will practice as normal on Tuesday. Given the rigors of traveling overnight, Wednesday's session will be a little lighter than normal. The team will then practice on Thursday and Friday before Saturday's 1:30 p.m. IST kickoff in Croke Park.

"You guys have heard me say this before. I'm a nervous wreck before games in terms of preparation. Sunday through basically the game," Franklin said. "But once the game comes, I'm pretty confident because I know we've done everything we possibly can do to be prepared for the game. Now it's just an opportunity to go out and watch the kids play and have fun, and that's what I want them to do. I want them to go out and enjoy it. I want them to play fast. I want them to play aggressive. But there is no reason to be nervous on game day as long as you've done everything you possibly can to put the kids in position to be successful, and that's what we've tried to do."

Franklin is expecting a big challenge against a veteran UCF team on Saturday. He credited the UCF receiving corps and linebacking unit as two groups that stand out.

"I think more than anything, they play like a veteran team," Franklin said. "They're fast, they're aggressive, they don't give up a whole lot of big plays. George O'Leary is I think one of the better defensive coaches around, and it's been that way for a long time with him. So I don't expect a whole lot of new."

With preparations in the final stages, the Nittany Lions are ready for the trip across the pond.

"For us, this is a business trip to go play a football game no different than if we were playing at State College High School," Franklin said. "We'd be excited to play Central Florida wherever the game would be... This is an opportunity to take a special trip. I think it's going to be great for the fans, but we're going to play a football game."

Press Conference Notes
- Coach Franklin said that roughly 80 percent of the players have not been outside of North America. Two players have traveled to Ireland before.

- Franklin on the UCF offense:

"They're returning six starters. They're going to be a multiple pro‑style offense with more spread philosophies probably here recently. They're starting a red‑shirt freshman at quarterback, Pete DiNovo, their running back, William Stanback, No. 28 was second team All‑Conference last year, and then their big play wide receiver, No. 6, Rannell Hall, that is the position that really jumps out to us on film is their wide receivers. They have tremendous depth and talent at that position."

- Franklin on the UCF defense:

"They've got nine starters returning. No. 41, linebacker Terrance Plummer we think is a difference make are for them. Safety, No. 26, Clayton Geathers, and quarterback No. 10 Jacoby Glenn are the guys that really jump out to us."

- Best part of the Ireland trip for Franklin:

"I think the best part personally is my mother I think you've heard me say before, my mother is originally from England and my parents got married in Ireland. I've got family in England that I haven't seen in over 15 years that are coming to the game, so I'm going to see them on Thursday at the hotel, and I'm excited about that. I got a phone call in the staff meeting the other day, and I looked down and there were a lot of numbers, so I knew it probably wasn't one of my buddies, it was someone calling from England. So I stepped out of my staff meeting. I'm really looking forward to that."

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