Bill O'Brien was the unaninmous pick for Big Ten Coach of the Year, winning honors Tuesday night from both the coaches and the media.
"This is a fantastic honor," O'Brien said. "It's very humbling."
He became the seventh first-year coach since 1972 to earn the media's honor, known as the Dave McClain Coach of the Year Award. And he won the second-ever Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year award, voted on by the conference coaches.
O'Brien led Penn State to an improbable 8-4 record this season in the face of unprecedented sanctions that some feared could be worse than the death penalty. His offense, which lost 10 starters over the offseason, somehow improved to average 10 points more a game this season than it did in 2011.
The coach saw his offense set numerous single-season records. Allen Robinson caught more balls (77) than anyone else in school history, while Matt McGloin threw for more yards (3,266) and tied the record for touchdowns (24).
O'Brien's performance was good enough to beat out Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, who guided the Buckeyes to a perfect 12-0 season.
Penn State last won the COY honor in 2008.