Monday Morning Fullback

Former Nittany Lion Matt Hahn talks about Penn State's inspirational performance vs. MSU. Hahn entered the program in 2004, the same year as current captains A.Q. Shipley and Josh Gaines, but did not redshirt as a true freshman.

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: Penn State jumped all over Michigan State right from the beginning. I really expected the Spartans to give the Lions all they could handle and really make them earn their Big Ten title. As it turns out, Penn State came out and stuffed the run and threw the ball all over the field. Before Michigan State could blink it was down big. Very impressive performance to close out the regular season.

GAME MVP: Daryll Clark busted out of his two-game slump and was able to put up his best day statistically as a passer. Clark threw for 341 yards and four touchdowns, putting it on the numbers all day long.

KEY PLAY: Clark's 5-yard TD pass to Graham Zug. Clark did a tremendous job keeping the play alive and finding Zug at the pylon After the touchdown completion, there was no looking back for the Lions.

WHAT I LIKED: Penn State's ability to stop Javon Ringer. Ringer came in as the nation's third leading rusher; he ended the game with a season low 42 yards rushing. It seems like Tom Bradley's defense is always able to shut down prolific backs when its needs to most and Saturday was no different.

WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: Honestly, what is there to not like about what happened on Saturday? The Lions won big, clinched the Big Ten titled and sent the seniors who are mainly responsible for turning the program around off with a win.

DID YOU NOTICE: I was not aware that Coach Paterno was going in for hip replacement Monday. Best wishes to Coach Paterno for a healthy recovery.

RANDOM THOUGHTS: I don't know about anyone else, but I'm pulling for a USC-Penn State matchup in the Rose Bowl.

FINAL THOUGHTS ON THE REGULAR SEASON: I took great pride in seeing those guys out there winning the Big Ten championship. I came in with most of the senior class and I remember what it was like after our true freshmen year — only winning four games. It was not easy and a lot of those guys were not handed anything and really had to work themselves into the rotation. It's great to see a guy like Rich Ohrnberger, for example, who at one point was buried so deep in Joe's doghouse that a lot of us thought he'd never get out. Now he is one of the leaders on the team. The senior class is full of stories just like that. Which is why this senior class is a special group of guys.

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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