Penn State head coach James Franklin was surprisingly honest after the Nittany Lions' loss to Ohio State on Saturday night, saying his program is a "great" one that lost to an "elite" one, but emotions were running high as he made his way off the field.
Video shows Franklin getting into a heated altercation with an upset Penn State fan as he made his way into the tunnel. It looked liked Franklin had to be restrained a bit.
"Fourth and five you should have passed it, coach. That was a bad call," the fan can be heard saying, referencing the fourth down stop that lost the game for Penn State.
"I appreciate your input," Franklin said back.
Then, things got a little heated. The fan continued to say "that was a bad call" and Franklin had to be restrained by those close to him.
Franklin released a statement to The Athletic regarding his interaction with the fan.
"I was frustrated with the end of the game and should not have reacted that way," Franklin said. "We have the greatest fans in the country and I have the utmost respect for their passion for this program."
Penn State suffered its first loss of the season with the defeat, while Ohio State remained undefeated.