Penn State Wins First Game Since Scandal
(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) — After a tough summer of grief and questions about the future, the Nittany Lions took care of business on the field and got their first win of the year by beating Navy 34-7. It was the first win since the offseason sex abuse scandal rocked their program.
Penn State (1-2) raced out to a 14-0 first quarter lead on two Matt McGloin touchdown passes. McGloin finished 13 of 21 for 231 yards with four touchdown passes and no interceptions. Three of those touchdowns were caught by Allen Robinson, who finished with 136 yards receiving.
The Nittany Lions rushed for over 100 yards, highlighted by 50 from Michael Zordich.
Navy (0-2) had trouble getting their offense going against Penn State, committing 3 turnovers and managing only 126 yards through the air split between four quarterbacks.
It was Penn State’s first victory since the child sex abuse scandal by former coach Jerry Sandusky that led to former head coach Joe Paterno’s firing right before his death.
The NCAA levied sanctions on the football team as a result that included a four-year bowl ban and a loss of scholarships. All team wins since 1998 under Paterno were also vacated.
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