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Penn State gets its first win of the year

Bill O'Brien, Matt McGloin AP

Sometimes, a team just needs to get a win under its belt. It doesn’t matter who it’s against, or how it happens. Outside of Auburn, perhaps no other team in major college football needed a win like Penn State did.

As we opined last week when Penn State dropped a 17-16 heartbreaker to Virginia, the Nittany Lions needed one quick too before things got out of control.

Lo and behold, Penn State got its first win of the season — and some might say since 1997 — against a bad Navy team, 34-7. But, I’m sure Bill O’Brien will take it any way he can. The offense finally put together a whole game without collapsing and Matt McGloin was a solid 13-for-21 for 231 yards.

Even without running backs Bill Belton and Derek Day, the PSU run game was able to eclipse 100 yards. The defense did its job and caused three turnovers too. It was a solid, all-around win for a program in desperate need of something to cheer about. Now, this team — which could easily be 3-0 — has some confidence going into against Temple, another beatable opponent.

Get two wins and who knows? Illinois looked bad against Arizona State, so things could turn around for the Nittany Lions quickly. Penn State just needs to play far more consistently.

For today, though, O’Brien is telling his team to enjoy the victory. And they should.

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6 Responses to “Penn State gets its first win of the year”
  1. stairwayto7 says: Sep 15, 2012 7:46 PM


  2. mauldawg says: Sep 15, 2012 8:28 PM

    Enjoy it,it may be your last “W”. At least I hope so.Beating Navy was the best you can do.PSU sucks.

  3. latchbeam says: Sep 15, 2012 8:36 PM

    Penn State molested Navy, 34-7.

  4. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 15, 2012 9:07 PM

    Personally, I am glad to see that PSU won. Since last November, good people, fans, students, alums, and members of the University have been through pure
    hell because of the actions of a very few individuals. In order for PSU to regain it’s prestige and it’s future, it has to compete. PSU did that today.

    PSU won’t go to a bowl, but it went a long way to regaining footing in college football.

  5. effjohntaylornorelation says: Sep 15, 2012 10:11 PM

    Why were all the earlier comments deleted?

  6. psunick says: Sep 16, 2012 12:07 AM

    I must admit, I was afraid to check in after our first win today. How many PEDOPHILE STATE chants would I read? How many RAPIST! remarks would that win beget?

    Well, I’ll be darned.


    Even amos, traditionally hard on us, opined with a supportive comment.

    Indeed, maybe things have turned around for us after all.

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