They said it -- highlights from PSU interviews following win at Rutgers

Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg looks to make a pass against Rutgers. (Elizabeth Robertson/Staff Photographer)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- There was plenty to discuss following Penn State's 13-10 comeback win against Rutgers in the Big Ten opener, from the Nittany Lions' late-game heroics, Rutgers' pregame talk toward Penn State or how James Franklin's squad has emerged the only undefeated 3-0 squad from the Big Ten East.

Below we tried to narrow it down to a quick-hitting list of the best postgame quotes from the Penn state side.


Coach James Franklin (3-0 as Lions' coach)

On the comeback win: 

"I'm just so proud of these kids, of this organization, because they persevere. They're gritty, they're hard nosed. They never stop believing in Penn State. They never stop believing in themselves."

On Christian Hackenberg's leadership:

"I don't think there's any doubt. He's light years ahead of a true sophomore. To me, you grade quarterbacks on third down percentage, red zone and wins and losses. He's done those things. Really, really proud of him."

On offensive production:

"On offense, it was not pretty. We still got to get the running game going, we got to be able to consistently protect."

Quarterback Christian Hackenberg (25/44, 309 passing yards, 1 interception)

On the offense's performance: 

"I could have played better...It helps to be able to go back and look at that game after a win. It's a process. We're so young...I don't think people understand how young we are."

On team's mentality through three games:

"We're 3-0 right now. We're confident, and we haven't played our best ball yet."

Offensive lineman Angelo Mangiro

On the feeling of playing against Rutgers in his home state of New Jersey:

"It felt great, and it felt even better going out of it with the win."

Cornerback Trevor Williams (2 interceptions, 5 tackles)

On his two interceptions:

"I just thank God for blessing me with amazing hands."


And a humble Sunday to you all!

Check back for more follow up from the Rutgers game, as well as a look-ahead to the UMass game next weekend, in the next few days, folks.

-- John Stuetz