Penn State: What we learned in Week 2

After heart breaking losses two weeks in a row it is anyone's guess as to exactly what the mindset is at Penn State. Depending on how the Nittany Lions react to the 17-16 defeat at Virginia they will be either exactly what the doctor ordered, or Navy's worst nightmare. One thing that is for certain though is that there were a number of aspects of Penn State's..

.. week two loss which Navy will look to take advantage of in week three.

The most obvious goat coming out of the game is Nittany Lions' kicker Sam Ficken. Ficken missed four field goals (including one from 20 yards) and also had an extra point blocked. His 42 yarder as time expired which would have won the game while saving his blushes never looked close, and who knows what his confidence level will be if he is asked to perform against the Midshipmen. This display also served as a reminder of how thin Penn State is after the immediate transfer penalty was handed down by the NCAA. The guy who should have been kicking (Anthony Fera) is now enrolled at Texas.

Also of note from the game was the fact that Penn State was firing blanks all day on offense despite constant opportunities to bury Virginia. Matt McGloin and the Nittany Lions attack were given the luxury of four drives starting after turnovers in Virginia territory, but were unable to convert against a defense which is not known for being particularly stifling. Those four turnover opportunities were turned into just three points.

One thing Navy will have to be wary of is that the Penn State defense looks to be far ahead of the offense at this point in the season. Though Navy should be able to contain the Nittany Lion attack, the run defense was stout against Virginia allowing just 32 yards on 25 carries. Navy will be hoping to bring the option attack (with a fully healthy Trey Miller) but with the size and speed which PSU has upfront much of the running game will have to be based on out scheming as opposed to out powering.

All in all, there was nothing that Penn State showed against Virginia that should scare Navy. A defensive front gashed by Notre Dame will be pleased to see that they rushed for a steady but unspectacular 121 yards, while there seemed to be passing opportunities on the young Nittany Lion secondary. With a good game plan and improved play in the trenches Navy has all the tools to send Penn State to a 0-3 start. Top Stories