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Saquon Barkley, Jason Cabinda earn Big Ten honors after Michigan win

Penn State running back Saquon Barkley cuts around Michigan linebacker Devin Bush during the first quarter of Saturday’s game at Beaver Stadium.
Penn State running back Saquon Barkley cuts around Michigan linebacker Devin Bush during the first quarter of Saturday’s game at Beaver Stadium. Centre Daily Times, file

After stellar performances in Penn State’s convincing 42-13 win over Michigan on Saturday, a couple Nittany Lions earned recognition from the Big Ten.

Saquon Barkley and Jason Cabinda were named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week and Co-Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, the conference announced Monday morning.

It’s the third time this season Barkley’s earned the conference honor. It was a first for Cabinda.

Penn State’s junior running back put on a Heisman showcase, racking up 176 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) against a much-talked about Michigan defense. Barkley has now scored a touchdown in 14 straight games, the longest active streak among FBS programs. The Coplay native also became the first player in Penn State history to amass 3,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in a career.

Meanwhile, Cabinda proved yet again why he’s the heartbeat of Penn State’s defense. The senior totaled 13 tackles, a forced fumble and a sack. Cabinda shared the honor with Michigan State’s Joe Bachie, who also had 13 tackles.

Cabinda and the Nittany Lions face Bachie and the Spartans soon — but first, a trip to Columbus. On Saturday, No. 2 Penn State travels to No. 6 Ohio State for one of the biggest matchups of the college football season.

John McGonigal: 814-231-4630, @jmcgonigal9

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