PSU -- Jesse James 2-yard pass from Matt McGloin (Sam Ficken kick), 11:25. Drive: 7 plays, 72 yards, 3:31. Comment: Penn State comes out slinging, the third straight week that the offense has opened with a productive drive. On play-action, McGloin goes deep for favorite target Allen Robinson down the left sideline. Navy corner Parrish Gaines stumbles trying to keep up with Robinson, who has all day to collect himself and wait for the bomb to reach him before being pushed out at the 4-yard line for a gain of 45. On second-and-goal from the 2, McGloin rolls right on play-action and finds true freshman tight end Jesse James for a tough catch right at the boundary. It's the first career touchdown and the first career catch for James, who enrolled in January. And cheers erupt when Ficken bangs home the extra point. PENN STATE 7, NAVY 0.
PSU -- Allen Robinson 45-yard pass from McGloin (Ficken kick), 6:40. Drive: 4 plays, 57 yards, 2:12. The Lions find their mark, again working on Gaines, the cornerback, who can't keep pace with Robinson. The emerging sophomore star again badly burns Gaines down the left sideline. This time he has plenty of space to keep going after the catch, freezing the safety with a quick cut to the middle of the field, racing untouched for his second score of the season. PSU 14, USNA 0.
PSU -- Robinson 2-yard pass from McGloin (kick failed), 8:59. Drive: 90 yards, 6:52. Comment: Navy's triple-option attack finally grinds into gear, marching deep into Penn State territory. But the Lions defense, plagued by problems on third down all season, comes up with the stop, hitting quarterback Trey Miller as he's throwing, allowing Gerald Hodges to leap up and snag his second career interception. Unlike last week, the offense converts the turnover into points, efficiently working down to the goal line without ever hitting third down. Once again the Lions go play-action from the 2 and Robinson works his way open in the middle of the end zone for another touchdown. The problem? Ficken pushes the extra point right. It's the struggling kicker's second PAT miss in his last four attempts. PSU 20, USNA 0.
PSU -- Robinson 25-yard pass from McGloin (Ficken kick), 2:23. Drive: 4 plays, 44 yards, 1:44. Comment: No second-half collapse for the Lions this time. Navy has some success moving the ball, converting a couple of fourth-and-shorts to keep drives alive. But a fourth-and-16 is too much for them to pull off as Michael Mauti pressures Miller into an intentional grounding call, getting a sack for his troubles. Penn State then gets some payback for the tipped touchdown Ohio scored two weeks earlier. McGloin's strike down the middle to Trevor Williams clangs off of the freshman's hands at the goal line, ricocheting to the back of the end zone … and right to Robinson. It's Robinson's fifth catch and third touchdown on the afternoon. PSU 27, USNA 0.
PSU -- Mike Hull 74-yard fumble return (Ficken kick), 14:13. Comment: The defense had done everything but score in last week's loss to Virginia. Check another one off the list. With backup quarterback Keenan Reynolds in the game, the Mids went 53 yards down to the Penn State 26 as the fourth quarter began. But the second-stringer botched a handoff with fullback Noah Copeland and Hull, the sophomore linebacker, alertly scooped up the loose ball on the run and had nothing but daylight in front of him. It was Penn State's first fumble return for a touchdown since NaVorro Bowman ran one back 91 yards in the first half against Eastern Illinois in October 2009. Start up the band. PSU 34, USNA 0.
USNA -- Gee Gee Greene 12 yard-run (Nick Sloan kick), 10:03. Drive: 10 plays, 75 yards, 4:10. Comment: With backups from both teams popping in and out, the Mids spoil the shutout for the Lions. A 15-yard face mask call against the Lions sets up Navy deep in Penn State territory, where they scored on a run by the talented slotback Greene. PSU 34, USNA 7.