It was a wet, cold day ar Beaver Stadium Saturday. For the Penn State offense, it took nearly three full quarters to warm up and finally get things rolling against heavy underdog Army.
The Nittany Lions survived, 20-14, but it was ugly.
"We'd rather learn from a win, then clean things up,” PSU head coach James Franklin said afterward.
Penn State was up just 13-7 as the third quarter was winding down when, on a second-and-1, QB Christian Hackenberg found WR Chris Godwin deep downfield for a 49-yard gain. On the next play, Hackenberg hit TE Mike Gesicki for a 33-yard score on the final play of the quarter.
Army responded with a 56-yard TD rush by QB A.J. Shurr. But the Lion defense tightened up the rest of the way, and sealed the deal with a fourth-down stop with just over a minute to go.
As much as the PSU offense struggled, the Black Knights had their issues, too. They fumbled seven times, losing three. So even though Army outgained the Lions 293 to 264 in total yards, it was not enough to overcome the mistakes. Penn State had no turnovers.
The Lions improve to 4-1 with the victory while Army falls to 1-4.