Penn State’s defense has no shortage of talent. With each week, the defense turns in a dominating performance thanks to a total group effort by each of the starters and reserves doing their job. Despite the overall talent and depth, someone will inevitably shine with a spectacular individual performance. In a defensive slugfest in a place where nothing comes easy, it was defensive tackle Robert Windsor’s turn to stand out among the rest.
Windsor was impossible to miss for anyone watching Penn State’s 17-12 win over Iowa on Saturday night. The Hawkeyes routinely had no answer for defending Windsor, as he controlled the interior line and gave fits to an offensive that likes to pound the ball down its opponents throat. Penn State’s senior defensive tackle would have none of it as he played perhaps the best game of his Nittany Lion career.
Windsor had a dominating performance throughout, but especially came alive in the second half where he seemed to impact just about every play. As Penn State continues to roll out its deep rotation along the defensive line, it allows for players of Windsor’s caliber to offer these types of performances as the opposing line wears down. He helped stuff the run, get after the quarterback and made darn sure the Hawkeyes couldn’t get much going to threaten the Nittany Lions.
The graduate student out of Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin finished the game with six tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2.5 TFLs and two quarterback hurries as he helped propel the Nittany Lions to a hard-fought victory in Kinnick Stadium.
RB Noah Cain - Are we certain that Cain is just a true freshman? It seems nearly unfathomable that someone with his patient-running style and pure power was in high school at this point last year. Cain has set himself apart from the Nittany Lions four talented running backs, and has likely etched his place as the team’s “closer”- always ready to keep the chains moving and churn out clock. Cain had his second consecutive 100-yard game, finishing with 102 on 22 carries with a touchdown.
S Lamont Wade - Wade is a major reason why gaps seem to close up so quickly against opposing offenses as he always finds himself near the action as soon as a play begins to emerge. The junior safety continues his outstanding season in his first year as a starter. Once again he lead the team in tackles, this time tying with John Reid and PJ Mustipher with seven.