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WVU HC Neal Brown Sounds Off on Lack of Penn State Penalties



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West Virginia HC Neal Brown raised some eyebrows with his postgame comments after a 38-15 season-opening loss at Penn State Saturday night in Happy Valley.

Despite being up by two scores, PSU coach James Franklin decided to try to get another touchdown rather than take a knee, and Penn State succeeded, scoring with six seconds left. Brown didn’t like that too much.

“I wouldn’t have done it,” Brown said in his postgame presser. “But it doesn’t bother me. Stuff like that comes back around.”

Brown’s comments have drawn the reaction one would expect from Penn State fans.


The result and Penn State’s late touchdown wasn’t the only thing Brown wasn’t over the moon with after Saturday’s game.

West Virginia ended the night with five penalties for 55 yards. Penn State had just one for five yards.

Whether this happened because of officiating errors or West Virginia simply committing more penalties than Penn State is up for debate, but Brown suggested postgame that he feels it was more of the former.

“Either they blocked the cleanest of anybody in the history of college football,” Brown said. “Or there were some missed calls.”

“They had one penalty in the game, I think it was a false start. Zero holding penalties,” Brown added.

To be fair to Brown, he did go out of his way to credit Penn State. He estimated in the week leading up to the game that Penn State would have nine NFL draft picks on it, and after the game praised players such as QB Drew Allar, CB Kalen King and OT Olu Fashanu.

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  1. WVU vs everyone

    September 3, 2023 at 4:37 pm

    Payback will be coming to Pedo State. I will tell you this right now. Pedo State will not win the Big Ten conference championship. They have to play against Michigan and Ohio State. They will lose both of those games. WVU could have very easily have won that game. It was very obvious when WVU was driving down the field the refs were calling penalties to prevent WVU from scoring. No offensive holding called at all on Pedo State. Also blocking out of bounds even after the whistle no call. Yes sir payback is coming soon!!!

  2. Charles Ferrell

    September 5, 2023 at 6:02 pm

    It’s amazing how some coaches have compassion others have a eggo. They think running up score get them point my book just greedy What nesl brown said will happen some day mark it down.

  3. Doug Miller

    September 7, 2023 at 11:01 pm

    Quick question, last year up 58-7…WVU threw a 26 yard pass against an FCS mismatched opponent with 4 minutes left to make it 65-7…is that running up the score? Shouldn’t WVU kept it on the ground if Brown and WVU fans are so concerned about sportsmanship??? Apparently only bad when it happens to you by another FBS team playing with backups.

  4. Mike Asti

    September 7, 2023 at 11:51 pm

    I would only see any kind of an issue if a team keeps its starters in, but if the backups are in, then they should be able to compete. I wrote about that on here and our PSU partner site too.

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