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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- James Franklin leaned down and squeezed his oldest daughter, Shola, like he never wanted to let go.I love you, I love you, the coach repeated to Shola, who was up way past her bedtime, but nobody seemed to notice.Not on this night, one of the best nights theyve had around here in a long time. It was White Out Night at Beaver Stadium, and the Nittany Lions broke out with their first signature win under Franklin. Penn State rallied from 14 points down in the fourth quarter to send No. 2 Ohio State packing, 24-21, setting off one of those wild scenes weve become accustomed to in college football.Just minutes after Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett was sacked on fourth down, ending any hope the Buckeyes had of pulling this one off, the field was a sea of blue-and-white-clad (and delirious) Penn State fans. One middle-aged (and bare-chested) fan exclaimed, I forgot what this felt like. All weve had around here is misery.For Franklin, the last 2? years probably seemed more like dog years, as he weathered massive scholarship reductions and back-to-back 7-6 seasons in his first two with the Nittany Lions.His eyes were still moist 20 minutes after the game, as he soaked it all in.I dont even know that you can explain it, everything this program has been through the last five years, Franklin told ESPN.com. No one understands what were still going through. Nobody understands, so to see us all come together as a family and as a community, we dont do that by ourselves. It took all 107,000 fans in there going crazy.Franklins athletic director, Sandy Barbour, stood close by as Franklin hugged everybody within sight. Franklins been a regular on coaching hot seat lists since the start of the season, which probably isnt fair when you consider this is the first year Penn State has been back close to the full 85 scholarships. Barbour and Penn State president Eric Barron both came out publicly in support of Franklin three weeks ago.I want to thank president Barron and Sandy for coming out and having my back, because this doesnt happen tonight without that, without their support, said Franklin, his voice rising with conviction.He took a deep breath, wiped his brow -- the emotion of the night still etched all over his face -- and conceded that the enormity of what he walked into at Penn State was even more daunting than he thought.As much as I looked into it before coming here, there are so many complexities to it that you dont really understand until you get here, Franklin said. Thats with any job, but this job probably more so than any job in the country, with everything this university has gone through.It was Franklins first win over a nationally ranked foe since he arrived in Happy Valley in 2014, and he had been as frustrated as anybody that some of the Nittany Lions gains in the program had not translated into more wins on the field.Weve redshirted kids, Franklin said. Weve tried to build this for the long term, and there are times that I question if I should have done that. But it was the right thing to do for Penn State, and its also the right thing for us.Franklin never wavered in his belief he had the right kind of kids in the program, and perhaps that was never more apparent than on Saturday night, when the Nittany Lions made two huge special-teams?plays to fight back from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter.Ohio State was lining up to kick a 45-yard field goal that would have given the Buckeyes a 24-17 lead, but Marcus Allen burst through to block it. Grant Haley scooped it up on the run and raced 60 yards for the touchdown, sending tremors throughout Happy Valley.It was just a huge sigh of relief for this whole program, the coaches, the players, everything weve been through the last three years, the alumni and fans too, Haley said. It was an exhilarating experience for all of us. Weve worked so hard and to have this moment against the No. 2 team in the country and come out on top was an amazing experience.As the final seconds ticked off the clock, the Penn State sideline erupting in celebration, Haley looked over at his head coach, and it was then that he realized how big this was for Franklin.The moment Ill always remember was seeing Coach Franklin after the game and seeing the tears come out of his eyes, because you could see how much it means to him and how much he cares about us, Haley said. I gave him a big hug. That was the moment, with everything that has happened to us these last few years, that made it all worth it.Hes our head coach. Were going to win for him and fight for him until the end.Franklin, who did the unthinkable at Vanderbilt in leading the Commodores to back-to-back, nine-win seasons, has never been one to hang on too long to any win.Forgive him, though, if he hangs onto this one just a little bit longer than usual.When youre at a place like Penn State, everybody wants you to just come in and wave a magic wand, but again, if you list out all the things weve been through, I cant tell you what this means to the guys in this locker room, to everybody associated with this great university, Franklin said. I had some unbelievable experiences at Vanderbilt and have some of those players here with me tonight. (Former kicker) Carey Spear is here. We have guys come all the time and even parents from there come sometimes.Im grateful for all the experiences Ive had, but this was special in so many ways. Wholesale Air Max Ireland . 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TORONTO -- Some old feelings of stress and satisfaction came flooding back to Tampa Bay pitcher Alex Cobb as he walked off the mound Wednesday.Cobb pitched 6 2/3 innings to win for the first time in almost two years, Kevin Kiermaier and Corey Dickerson hit two-run homers and the Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-1.Cobb (1-0) allowed one run and two hits to win for the first time since Sept. 23, 2014, against Boston. The oft-injured right-hander, who recently returned from elbow surgery, had gone 722 days between victories.I love winning, Cobb said. Its why starters go out there. You want to win the ball game, you want to work deep.Torontos Devon Travis doubled to lead off the first and scored on Edwin Encarnacions sacrifice fly, but the Blue Jays didnt get another hit until Dioner Navarros one-out single in the seventh.Ryan Garton came on after a two-out walk to Kevin Pillar and got Ryan Goins to pop out.First of all, I forgot how stressful it is leaving the game with runners on, Cobb said. Garton came up big for me and got that pop up. Before it was even caught I started having those feelings of satisfaction. You want to see the fruit of your labor.Third baseman Evan Longoria called Cobb the emotional leader of Tampa Bays staff.Its good to have him back, Longoria said. Im happy for him. I know how hard he worked to get back to this point.Dickerson echoed Longorias remark.Ive watched (Cobb) work from spring training through the season, seen the competitor that he is, Dickerson said. Hes an ace and he goes out there and pitches like it.Dickerson had three hits and four RBI as the Rays won for the sixth time in eight games at Rogers Centre.Last-place Tampa Bay now has a franchise-record 200 homers, eclipsing the previous mark of 199 in 2009.Reigning AL MVP Josh Donaldson sat out his third straight game for Toronto and underwent an MRI on his sore right hip. The results were not immediately available.Hopefully Ill be able to get back out there tomorrow, Donaldson said after the game.Toronto, now 3-9 in Seeptember, holds the second AL wild card after falling one game behind Baltimore, which beat Boston later Wednesday night.ddddddddddddThe Red Sox lead the AL East by one game over the Orioles and two over the Blue Jays.Ive got to believe were at rock bottom, manager John Gibbons said. I dont see how much lower it could go.Marco Estrada (8-9) allowed four runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings. Hes 1-5 with an 6.95 ERA in his past seven starts.Im not going to change anything, Estrada said. I felt like I threw the ball really well.The right-hander struck out the Rays first five batters of the game, becoming the first Blue Jays pitcher to achieve the feat. Estrada was perfect through three before giving up three runs and three hits in the fourth.Logan Forysthe singled and Keiermaier followed with a first-pitch home run. Estrada left after Nick Franklins one-out single in the sixth. Matt Dermody came on and gave up Dickersons homer.GOOD TIMES ON GETAWAY DAYThe Rays have won three straight and six of seven on days when they are travelling.FRONT OFFICE ADDITiONLate in the game, Toronto announced the hiring of former Boston general manager Ben Cherington as Vice President of Baseball Operations.TRAINERS ROOMBlue Jays: GM Ross Atkins said Donaldsons hip was not responding to treatment. Atkins said he expected Donaldson to travel with his teammates to the West Coast as the Blue Jays begin a four-game series against the Angels on Thursday.UP NEXTRays: LHP Blake Snell (5-8, 3.62) faces the Orioles for the first time as Tampa Bay opens a four-game series at Baltimore on Thursday. Snell has faced every other AL East rival at least twice. RHP Yovani Gallardo (5-7, 5.44) starts for the Orioles.Blue Jays: LHP J.A. Happ (18-4, 3.33) starts against the Angels on Thursday. Happ snapped a three-start winless streak by beating Boston on Saturday. RHP Daniel Wright (0-2, 7.50) starts for Los Angeles. ' ' '

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