STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Penn State coach James Franklin is spending the season's second October bye week by tempering the team's disappointment with back-to-back losses and dealing with ongoing offensive issues.
The Nittany Lions (4-2, 1-2 Big Ten) are idle until an Oct. 25 home night game against No. 13 Ohio State (4-1, 1-0). Franklin knows there is plenty to do between now and then, and the problems he must solve are familiar - boosting the defense and finding better field position.
Penn State scored on its first three possessions against Michigan on Saturday and built a 13-7 lead, but the Lions were shut out in the second half as Michigan turned up the defensive pressure and scored 11 unanswered points for an 18-13 victory.