Robinson quickly struck an accord with new coach Bill O'Brien and quarterback Matt McGloin, and subsequently caught nine passes for 97 receiving yards in the team's first game of the year, a 24–14 loss to Ohio on September 1. In the following week, on September 8, he had 10 receptions for 89 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown, the first of his collegiate career, on a 30-yard reception in the 17–16 loss to Virginia. In the first game since Shawney Kersey was dismissed from the team, Robinson responded by catching five passes for 136 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns in a 34–7 victory over Navy. After the game, Penn State assistant head coach and wide receivers coach Stan Hixon remarked, "Obviously he's made a big improvement from the spring, and from the spring we saw that he has potential to be a really good receiver. Each and every day, he's getting better and better at running routes, coming out of routes, and also, a much better job catching the ball in his hands. He has done a good job getting separation in certain routes, like we ask him to do, and he's been a really good student of the game. " On September 22, he had five receptions for 82 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown in a 24–13 victory over Temple. On October 6, he had nine receptions for 85 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns in a 39–28 victory over #24 Northwestern. On October 20, he had six receptions for 39 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown in a 38–14 victory over Iowa. Robinson set a single season record for most receptions in a season on November 17 as part of an effort in which he finished with 10 receptions, 197 receiving yards, and three receiving touchdowns in a 45–22 victory over Indiana. He surpassed Bobby Engram and O. J. McDuffie, who had each recorded 63 receptions in a season.