Monday Morning Fullback: Iowa

Former Nittany Lion Matt Hahn gives his thoughts on the Lions' win tough loss to the Hawkeyes and this week's road opener at Illinois.

General Thoughts
It couldn't have started any better for the Nittany Lions on this rainy Saturday night -- Daryl Clark hooking up with Chaz Powell looked to be the start of an offensive explosion that would help PSU start off 1-0 in the Big Ten. That trend obviously did not follow. After a Collin Wagner field goal, Penn State was shut down and Iowa scored 21 unanswered points. Give the Hawkeyes credit, they showed no signs of being thrown off by the PSU Whitout. They forced key turnovers, made the offensive plays they had to and had the huge score on punt block. Special teams are serious momentum-swingers, and once the blocked punt occurred it seemed like all the air was sucked out of this football team.

Game MVP
This goes to Kirk Ferentz and the Iowa coaching staff. With an 8-2 lifetime record against Joe Paterno and Penn State, no one in the country or the Big Ten does a better job getting their team ready to play in the Beaver Stadium environment. His team looked unshaken and confident throughout the game and I believe that is a direct reflection of Coach Ferentz.

Key Play
Broderick Binns forced Daryll Clark to fumble in his own end zone for a safety that made it 10-2. After that turn of events, it was all downhill for the Lions.

What I Liked
I thought Navorro Bowman looked sharp in his first significant action of the season. He looks bigger and stronger than last year, as well.

What I Didn't Like
A safety, three picks, a lost fumble and Iowa scores on special teams. You won't win games in any league with a line like that, I don't care how good you are.

Did You Notice
Kirk Herbstreit reaches for Peachy Paterno. Brent Musberger reaches for Peachy Sam Adams. Kind of explains the stuff that comes out of his mouth sometimes.

General Thoughts
Illinois got thumped by Ohio State in its Big Ten opener. This next game is obviously the biggest game of the year for both teams. Penn State rebounds and wins on the road.

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