Ficken, who also had a 25-yard field goal Saturday, now has 17 field goals in his last 18 attempts dating back to last October.
"It's a definite confidence booster," he said. "My confidence is about as high as it can get right now. But not to get ahead of myself, I've got to keep working on my fundamentals."
Last season, Penn State coach Bill O'Brien rode Zach Zwinak for the final four games, in which the big back carried the football 107 times.
But Zwinak is sharing the load this season with Bill Belton and Akeel Lynch - with prolific results. O'Brien said all three have earned the chance to play.
"I know some teams want to use one back and sometimes we do," he said. "We try to go with the hot back. We think all three of these guys are good football players. They're practicing well. It's a competitive spot. We think all three deserve to play, so we rotate them in."
Coaching in the rain
Asked if he enjoyed coaching in the rain, O'Brien said it didn't matter what the conditions were.
"I just enjoy coaching," he said. "I love to coach. I really just enjoy going out there and being able to coach with the other coaches and the players. It really doesn't matter what the weather is. It wasn't a great day with the rain and things like that.
"But I said when I was hired here, the type of team we want to be is a smart, tough football team that can play in all types of weather. That's what we showed today."