Roar Lions Film Room: Noah Cain Looked Like His Old Self

By Matthew Filipovits on September 14, 2021 at 10:30 am
Sep 11, 2021; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Noah Cain (21) runs with the ball during the third quarter against the Ball State Cardinals at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Ball State 44-13. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports
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Noah Cain's come a long way from his injury last year. The junior running back is currently Penn State's leading rusher coming off of a nice 20-carry, 69-yard performance against Ball State.

On paper, his 3.5 yards per carry doesn't seem all that impressive, but that's always been Cain's game. He's a bruiser who wears defenses down with short, tough runs and that's exactly what he did on Saturday. Roll the Tape.


Cain only needs two yards to pick up the first, but he keeps his legs churning and picks up an additional two and a half. This is Noah Cain in a nutshell.

Cain ranks third on the team with eight receptions - something I didn't expect to be saying at this point of the season if I'm being honest. He muscles through an arm tackle and oh my, Brenton Strange blocked that man into the next dimension. Major shoutout to him.

This is my favorite play of the game. Yurcich goes under center with 13 personnel and calls a counter. The line, Theo Johnson, and Brenton Strange block left while Tyler Warren with a head of steam clears a path for Cain. 

A two-back set here with Devyn Ford serving as the lead blocker. Cain just follows the convoy and bangs his way into the end zone.

Cain doesn't do anything that shows up in the stat sheet here but this is a really mature play to go and find work. Clifford sees a running lane very early and Cain clears the path for him to keep the drive alive on third down.

Yurcich goes under center in a short-yardage situation with thirteen personnel once again. Cain sees the lane, hits it with a head of steam, and falls forward well beyond the sticks.

If you were wondering how much attention Noah Cain commands this clip shows it all. The entire state of Indiana sells out on the give to him, allowing Clifford to find a huge hole and get a coveted explosive play.

The pre-snap motion from Washington brings the linebacker in a bit, opening the lane once Cain turns the corner. Walker misses a block here and gets turned around, but the play design is too good and the Nittany Lions enter the red zone.


No, Noah Cain isn't the flashiest back but he's so good at what he does. With some good defenses on the horizon, he'll need to continue to thrive in his role for Penn State to have a chance to win a Big Ten title.

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