Penn State vs Purdue-NCAA Football

Penn State's Noah Cain (21) breaks through a hole in the Purdue defense during first half action of an NCAA college football game at Beaver Stadium in State College Saturday October 5, 2019.

GOING UP

1. RB Noah Cain: The downside of RB-by-committee is overrated, but when The Guy emerges, see it for what it is.

2. S Lamont Wade: Team-high 11 tackles and a sack for a 5-9, 190-pound safety.

3. DE Shaka Toney: Three sacks for a prototype speed rushing-end.

4. LB Ellis Brooks: Should have showed up on the MR before now. Emblematic of the defense — there’s essentially no dropoff when Penn State goes to its No. 2 MLB.

5. TE Nick Bowers: No. 2 tight end averaging over 27 yards per catch. See Ellis Brooks comment above.

GOING DOWN

1. RBs not named Noah Cain: When does a committee become a supporting cast?

2. Kickers Jake Pinegar and Jordan Stout: Not long ago, this duo looked like a sizable strength. Still could be, but the last couple weeks have been wobbly.

3. WR Mac Hippenhammer: MIA Saturday. Seems to be losing traction.

4. DE Shane Simmons: James Franklin seems to love him, but we haven’t seen it in a game yet.