Top 5 moments of the season: No. 5

December, 10, 2012
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NittanyNation will be counting down the top-5 moments of Penn State's season this week, starting with No. 5.

The No. 5 moment of the season: Bill O'Brien's first career win

[+] EnlargeAllen Robinson
AP Photo/Gene J. PuskarAllen Robinson was one of many Nittany Lions that broke out in Penn State's 34-7 victory over Navy on Sept. 15.
After dropping two close games, Penn State needed a convincing win to save its season and show fans it wouldn't become a push-over. It needed a win to stave off disappointment after a turbulent offseason and show it wouldn't go quietly.

It did exactly that with a 34-7 drubbing against Navy on Sept. 15, O'Brien's first career win as a head coach.

Players dumped an orange tub of Gatorade over O'Brien, celebrating after two mentally draining losses. "It's more important for us to get it for Coach O'Brien than ourselves," Matt McGloin said.

Several players offered glimpses of their blossoming talent during O'Brien's first win. Deion Barnes recorded his third sack in three games and forced his second fumble, Allen Robinson caught five passes for 136 yards and three touchdowns, and Michael Mauti had (to that point) a season-high 12 tackles.

Added Stephon Morris, shortly after that game: "Once we get that one win, we can keep things rolling."

They sure did. And that's why it's one of the top moments of the season.

Josh Moyer | email

Penn State/Big Ten reporter

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