But nobody in the postgame press conferences was in much of a mood to celebrate.
Yes, PSU improved to 7-4 on the season, including a 5-2 mark in the Big Ten that nobody could have predicted back in September. And yes, McGloin, Robinson and company head into the regular-season finale against Wisconsin at home next week with a chance to match last season's conference win total.
But there was something of a somber attitude in the Media Room, as every coach and player had to deal with questions about the apparent season-ending knee injury sustained by senior LB and team leader Michael Mauti.
It's always sad when something like that happens, especially to a kid like Mike, McGloin said. He is a great person, a great player and comes from a great family. I am very close with him and it is hard when things like that happen. You cannot replace a guy like that.
Mauti was injured late in the first quarter. And as difficult as it may have been for the Lions, they marched on without him.
Here is how the game went down.
MAN OF THE HOUR: McGloin shredded the IU defense, completing 22 of 32 passes for 395 yards and four touchdowns.
CLOSE SECOND: Robinson continued a breakout sophomore season with his best game yet. It featured 10 catches for 197 yards and three scores.
CLOSE THIRD: LB Gerald Hodges tried to jump a route in the third quarter and the play turned into a 79-yard score for the Hoosiers. But beyond that, he was spectacular. Hodges had 12 stops, one tackle in the backfield and an acrobatic interception.
TURNING POINT: Early in the second quarter, Penn State still seemed to be stunned by Mauti's loss. Even the crowd had gone quiet. But trailing 10-7 and facing third-and-4 from his own 47, McGloin threw a flanker screen to Robinson. Robinson picked up good blocking, made one tackler miss and bolted down the right sideline for a touchdown that brought the stadium to its feet. The Lions never trailed the rest of the way.
SOLID STRATEGY: Penn State dominated time of possession (33:46-26:14) by running the ball 44 times for 194 yards (before taking away 33 for sacks). That kept the Lion defense fresh vs. the Hoosiers' hurry-up offense.
NUMBERS GAME: IU quarterback Cameron Coffman completed 22 of 59 passes for 454 yards. But he had as many interceptions as TDs (two each).
BUSINESS AS USUAL: TB Zach Zwinak carried 29 times for 135 yards and a touchdown. He added a receiving score, as well. But he lost another fumble.
SPECIAL DELIVERY: Indiana had four kickoff returns for a total of 84 yards and just one punt return for a single yard.
WHAT'S UP WITH?
More horrible officiating by the refs. In this game, they missed IU running back D'Angelo Roberts' blatant chop block that injured Mauti. It is one thing to blow calls that influence games. It is quite another to miss calls where player safety is involved.
Zwinak's butterfingers. He now has five fumbles on the season (four lost). And on a TD catch against the Hoosiers, he lost the ball (though it was ruled he crossed the goal line before it happened). Zwinak takes pride in not wearing gloves. Maybe he should give them a try.
O'Brien and company refusing to run the ball consistently early, even though Zwinak averaged 6.6 yards per carry in the first quarter.
Penn State being hit with another sideline interference penalty. O'Brien took the blame for this one, saying an official ran into him when he was too close to the field. This is twice in two weeks the Lions have been hit with this flag.
McGloin continuing to take terrible sacks. He had a great game overall. But in the first quarter, he was dropped for a loss of 16 yards on a second-and-4 when it appeared he had time to unload the rock.
McGloin being flagged for intentional grounding for the second straight game. This one was legit.
HIDDEN HERO: WR Brandon Moseby-Felder had four catches for 42 yards. But two of them were on a third-quarter drive where PSU took a 35-22 lead. One of them came on fourth-and-9 (it went for 11 yards) and the other came on third-and-4 (it went for 14 yards).
LOST IN THE SHUFFLE: Mike Hull stepped in for Mauti and finished with 11 tackles, a sack and a pass breakup.
DID YOU NOTICE?
That S Malcolm Willis was out with a knee injury (but is expected to return for the season finale vs. Wisconsin). Senior Jake Fagnano replaced Willis and finished with three tackles and two pass breakups.
That TE Kyle Carter is out for the year with a right hand injury. His right hand and arm were in a heavy cast -- with the arm in a sling -- Saturday.
That backup DT James Terry was out with an unspecified injury.
That backup TB Curtis Dukes missed his second straight game due to the lingering effects of a concussion.
UNANSWERED QUESTION: Will this crew be able to harness the emotion of Senior Day next weekend?