Penn State notches first win of season

Matt McGloin threw for 231 yards and four touchdowns and Penn State overwhelmed Navy in a 34-7 win Saturday for rookie coach Bill O’Brien’s first career victory. the Nittany Lions (1-2) rolled to a morale-boosting victory following two draining losses to open a season of change in Happy Valley. Penn State picked up its first win since the NCAA levied landmark sanctions in July.

Read the full AP recap here.

FOURTH QUARTER: Allen Robinson caught five passes for 136 yards and three touchdowns, helping Penn State to a 34-7 victory over Navy on Saturday at Beaver Stadium in Bill O’Brien’s first win as Penn State’s head coach. The Nittany Lions’ explosive offense used big plays to take down the Midshipmen. Penn State burned Navy’s defense for four plays of more than 20 yards. With 6:59 to go in the first quarter, Matt McGloin and Robinson hooked up for a 45-yard touchdown, the Nittany Lions’ longest play on the day. The score gave Penn State a 14-0 lead.

The Nittany Lions’ defense was porous throughout the game, allowing 372 yards to the Midshipmen. In the end though, Penn State forced Navy into four turnovers to clinch the win.

The Nittany Lions’ McGloin was good for 231 yards during the game, completing 13 of 21 passes. McGloin finished the game with four touchdowns and no interceptions.

Penn State’s offense finished the game having gained 341 yards. The Nittany Lions’ rushing attack contributed 110 yards on 28 carries in addition to McGloin’s passing effort.

Trey Miller threw for 17 yards while going 6-13 for the Midshipmen. He threw one interception. Miller also ran for 22 yards on 18 attempts. Miller’s favorite target on the day was Casey Bolena. He hauled in five catches for 30 yards.

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Chris Gordon on 9/15/2012 @ 7:54pm EDT Said:

Although it is a heart warming story about Sam Ficken and the fans being behind him, the fact reamins that coach Bill O’Brien has so little confidence in him that he goes for it on 4th and 6 inside the 20 yard line! Not to mention Ficken goes 0-1 on extra points. I find it hard to believe that he is the best the Nittany Lions have on their roster.

Albeit, Fera leaves for Texas and in all fairness Fera has been thrown to the wolves. We are NOT good enough to give up 3 points on a regular basis (Ohio and Virginia games) are perfect examples.

Would it be a viable option to see who we have on the soccer team or hold open try outs and let the best man win.! I truly believe we, as the fans, deserve and should demand better than what we currently have.

rick on 9/16/2012 @ 10:02am EDT Said:

You dance with who you brought to the dance !

Chris Gordon on 9/16/2012 @ 12:06pm EDT Said:

Rick,

These players were brought here and recruited to come to PSU because they are talented. Sometimes things just don’t work out. There are NO, let me repeat, NO excuses to miss extra points or 20 yard field goals. I am one of those PSU fans that wants to win at all costs, as long as no rules are violated. So if a freshman comes in and kicks with excellent accuracy from 45 plus yards and the upper classman can’t so be it! Let the better man win and that’s a life lesson you can take to the bank!

Chris Gordon on 9/18/2012 @ 11:40am EDT Said:

No reply Rick???!! That’s what I thought! No suprise because the TRUTH hurts, badly.

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