Monday Morning Fullback

Former Nittany Lion Matt Hahn takes a look at unbeaten Penn State's 55-13 blowout of Syracuse at the Carrier Dome.

Welcome to the latest installment of FightOnState.com's Monday Morning Fullback, where former Penn State football player Matt Hahn breaks down the Nittany Lions' most recent game. You've heard of Monday morning quarterback. Well, in covering PSU football, we think hearing from a fullback is more appropriate. And who better to chime in than Hahn, one of the more versatile, intelligent and selfless power backs in school history.

GENERAL THOUGHTS: More Penn State domination in this one. Actually looked like it may be a competitive game in the first minute, when Syracuse forced a turnover on Penn State's second offensive play. The Orange then followed with a fumble of their own and the trouncing began. Daryll Clark hooked up with Jordan Norwood on a 55-yard TD pass and the floodgates opened. Syracuse is NOT a good football team, but I think games like this are valuable because it allows you to get your twos and threes some quality work in a game situation. In all honesty the Blue-White Game would have been more competitive. But you have to admit one thing: the Lions don't play down to their competition. So far they are doing everything right.

GAME MVP: Going with co-MVPs for this game. Deon Butler and Norwood combined for 223 receiving yards and four touchdowns and neither played in the second half. Although both are small in stature, they looked like men playing against boys out there. The Syracuse defensive backs had no idea when it came to covering these guys.

KEY PLAY: This is not a play that is going to be remembered as a game-changer, but I am going with Kevin Kelly's 52-yard field goal at the end of the first half. Have to give the kicker some love every once and a while and this week is the week. Although there was no pressure hinging on this kick with such a blowout taking place, it's always a good sign when your kicker is knocking it right down the middle from 50 plus.

WHAT I LIKED: I really like the fact that I haven't been hearing the names of Tony Davis and Lydell Sargeant during the games. You know a cornerback is having a good game when you are watching and you do not even realize he is on the field because he is locking down his man and the ball isn't going that way.

WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: ABC depriving me of the fourth quarter for the second week in a row.

DID YOU NOTICE: Mike Lucian looked pretty good for a guy who was in the offensive line rotation one week and then playing nose the next. I think that's the fourth or fifth position change for Mike since he has been at Penn State. Left the game with an ankle sprain. Hopefully he'll be ready to go by the start of the Big Ten.

RANDOM THOUGHTS: Did you see the way Temple lost to Buffalo this week? Enough said. One more stat-stuffing week for Penn State then it's time for the Big Ten.

Matt Hahn was a four-year letterman at Penn State, averaging 4.5 yards per carry and 7.9 yards per catch in his career (2004-07). He was one of the key blocking backs for 1,000-yard rushers Tony Hunt and Rodney Kinlaw. He is one of the few players in school history to register touchdowns on the ground, through the air and after recovering a blocked punt.


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