Head coach Bill O'Brien of the Penn State Nittany Lions walks off the field after defeating the Navy Midshipmen 34-7 at Beaver Stadium on September 15, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania.
Penn State football's new era has cleared another hurdle.
The 34-7 win over Navy was the first victory for rookie coach Bill O'Brien. It was also the first win since the NCAA slammed the school with strict sanctions in July.
Linebacker Michael Mauti led the defense with 12 tackles. He says the win moves Penn State (1-2) another “page forward” and gives them momentum again.
Fellow senior Michael Zordich, who ran for 50 yards on 11 carries, presented O'Brien with a game ball in the locker room.
O'Brien says the win gives the team confidence in the new coaching staff and the changes he has instituted.
He told his players to celebrate Saturday night before re-focusing Sunday on the next foe, Temple.