Monday Morning Fullback

Former Penn State fullback Matt Hahn breaks down the Nittany Lions' upset loss at Iowa.

Welcome to the latest installment of'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: National championship hopes are officially gone. Uncharacteristic mistakes cost Penn State all day long and Iowa capitalized on them. The season is not lost, however. Penn State controls its own destiny and can still punch its own ticket to the Rose Bowl if it wins its remaining two contests.

GAME MVP: I thought Derrick Williams played extremely well throughout the whole game. He rushed the ball, caught the ball and threw the ball. He was truly a bright spot on a day when the Nittany Lion offense was average at best.

KEY PLAY: Daryll Clark's fourth quarter interception that set up Iowa's winning scoring drive.

WHAT I LIKED: The play of defensive tackle Jared Odrick on the interior line. He seems to get better each game. Odrick finished the game with seven tackles and a pair of sacks.

WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: Mistakes, mistakes, mistakes. Also, mistakes. Throughout the season, the Lions have played just about as sound as a team could play. Saturday afternoon, that was not the case. Turnovers, penalties, missed tackles and dropped passes seemed to haunt the Lions and ultimately turned out to be the formula for an upset. Even a sure-handed receiver like Jordan Norwood, who arguably has the best set of hands on the team, dropped what would have been a first-down reception in the third quarter.

DID YOU NOTICE: The quickness of Iowa's defensive tackle Mitch King? King seemed to cause havoc all day on the inside. He was a critical component to the Lions not coming away with touchdowns on two separate trips to the red zone.

RANDOM THOUGHTS: Penn State's season is far from lost or over. With two more wins the Lions set themselves up to win the Big Ten title and head to Pasadena. In order for this to happen, the leaders of this team are going to have to step up and get refocused. There is nothing this team can do to change what happened Saturday. But the players can control their own destiny. In situations like this, teams either rally together and pull it together, or they go in the tank. The next two weeks will tell us all we need to know about this squad.

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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