OVERALL: Yeah, we know Navy is no powerhouse. But Penn State needed a strong all-around game after an 0-2 start and got it.
OFFENSE: Once the Lions built a two-touchdown lead, the game was basically in the bag. So there was no reason to take chances. State won going away and had no turnovers.
DEFENSE: Complain all you want about Navy gaining 22 first downs and 371 total yards. The Midshipmen did not score until the fourth quarter, by which time the Lions had loaded up the defense with second-teamers. The D forced four more turnovers and scored on a fumble return for the first time since 2009.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Oh boy. Never has an otherwise meaningless missed PAT loomed so large. It looks like Penn State is in trouble at kicker.
COACHING: Navy can give opponents fits. But Bill O'Brien and company had a firm handle on things from start to finish. Congrats to the new staff on its first victory.
INTANGIBLES: Whatever the odds makers said, this was a team Penn State should have handled relatively easily. And it did.
OTHER GUY: This is not one of Navy's better teams. But the Midshipmen played hard and clean. QB Trey Miller showed tenacity and courage. We're grading on a curve here because we respect what these guys are all about.
OFFICIALS: We thought it was a well-officiated game. And not just because the side judge was named Brennan.
CROWD: We've never given an A to anything less than a sellout. But times have changed. The 98,792 who were on hand Saturday were outstanding. Especially the student section.