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.
Penn State is in the driver’s seat as it leads 27-0 after the third quarter. The Nittany Lions expanded their lead to 27-0 thanks to a four-play, 44-yard drive that ended when Matt McGloin found Allen Robinson open for a 25-yard touchdown pass.
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Penn State’s Allen Robinson led the offense in the second quarter. He, and the Nittany Lions now lead 20-0. Penn State added to its advantage when Matt McGloin threw a two-yard touchdown pass to Robinson, the clincher of a 13-play, 90-yard drive to give the Nittany Lions the lead, 20-0.
Penn State’s passing attack has looked sharp over the last 15 minutes of action, with 132 yards, and the Nittany Lions lead 14-0 at the end of the first quarter. Penn State took the game’s first lead after Matt McGloin and Jesse James hooked up for a two-yard touchdown on the last play of a seven-play, 72-yard drive. The key play on the Nittany Lions’ drive was McGloin’s 45-yard pass to Allen Robinson.
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Wow. Last week didn’t go so well. It was a not a pretty scene, as we sat, mouths agape, in the BTN green room and watched the Big Ten Conference suffer through a difficult Saturday. And that wasn’t just because Gerry DiNardo was drooling. Sorry, too easy. Not true. Though he did pull out his ubiquitous hankie a few times.
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Once again, Penn State is looking for a replacement on its revamped offense. The team announced Wednesday that starting receiver Shawney Kersey had left the Nittany Lions for personal reasons. He remains enrolled in school.