The monkey is finally off the back of Penn State. The Nittany Lions looked impressive in a 34-7 home victory against Navy on Saturday. The win gave Bill O'Brien his first victory as head coach of Penn State. The Lions dominated every aspect of the game against the Midshipmen.
Quarterback Matt McGloin, who looked determined from the start, tossed three touchdown passes in the first half. Wide receiver Allen Robinson had a career-high 136 yards receiving and three touchdowns.
McGloin finished with 231 passing yards and four touchdowns.
The Penn State offense was able to move at will. McGloin did an excellent job of spreading the ball around, finding eight receivers on the day.
Starting fullback Michael Zordich handled the majority of the carries at running back, rushing 11 times for 50 yards. Starter back Bill Belton injured his ankle in Week 1 against Ohio and has not played since. Backup Derek Day injured his shoulder in Week 2 at Virginia and was out for the Week 3 tilt against Navy.
The running game never really got going, but did enough to take pressure off McGloin and the passing game.
The Penn State offense wasn't the only story. The defense was impressive, holding the Midshipmen to seven points.
The Nittany Lions forced three turnovers, including a 74-yard fumble return for a touchdown by linebacker Mike Hull.
This was a much-needed win for a Penn State team that was coming off back-to-back heartbreaking losses, including a 17-16 Week 2 defeat at Virginia that saw kicker Sam Ficken miss four field goals and have an extra point blocked.
Penn State had done a lot of things right in its first two losses, but finally put it all together against Navy.
The Lions will look to carry the momentum of this victory into their Week 4 home matchup against the Temple Owls.