STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — At 3-1 after non-conference games, and with a bye week coming up, Penn State coach Bill O'Brien will tone down his practice tempo.

But only slightly.

"Would we love to be 4-0? Of course we would," O'Brien said Saturday after the NIttany Lions blanked Kent State, 34-0. "But 3-1 is better than 2-2."

And O'Brien wants the team to enjoy that. But not at the cost of falling behind.

"(Sunday) will be their mandatory day off, the NCAA rules dictate that," he said. "Monday, we'll bring them in, and we'll go Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. We'll think about giving them Friday off."

Penn State is about to enter Big Ten play, and will meet Indiana on Oct. 5. Then comes the hard part, taking on Michigan and Ohio State back to back.

"We have a very tough schedule ahead of us," O'Brien said.

The Nittany Lions are 2-1 at home, and have yet to play a true road game.

"We feel decent about where we're at," O'Brien said. "We have a bye week for a few things. We can get healed up and we can also self-scout and just try to improve as a football team. I think it comes at the right time for us, four games in.

"Hopefully it will help us."

GETTING HIS KICKS: Sam Ficken booted a career-long 54-yard field goal in the win. It was the longest field goal by a Penn State kicker at Beaver Stadium.

Chris Bahr kicked three 55-yard field goals in 1975 during road games for the Nittany Lions, and Herb Menhardt booted a 54-yarder in 1979 at North Carolina State.

Ficken barely missed a 57-yarder against Central Florida last week.

THIRD DOWN PICKING UP: The Nittany Lions' third-down percentage climbed to 21.2 percent (11-for-52) with a 7-for-18 performance on Saturday.

Put the Nittany Lions in the red zone, though, and it's a different story. Penn State has scored on each of its 15 trips beyond the 20-yard line this season.

KENT STATE CURE-ALL: Penn State has played Kent State four times, winning each of the four after suffering a loss the week before. Penn State defeated Kent State in 1965, 2003 and 2010 after losing to California, Nebraska and Alabama, respectively.

Penn State is 21-3 against Mid-American Conference teams.

DO NUMBERS LIE? The announced Beaver Stadium crowd was 92,371. But a steady and sometimes driving rain kept scores of people away. Penn State counts tickets sold in its attendance figures and the numbers for the Kent State game would also include some tickets sold for the Nov. 23 game against Nebraska. Fans who are not season-ticket holders wishing to purchase tickets for the Nebraska game were forced to purchase a ticket for the Kent State game.

Penn State also paired sales of tickets for its Oct. 12 game against Michigan with the Sept. 7 game against Eastern Michigan. Beaver Stadium's capacity is 106,572.