Miles Sanders earned his first, and likely not his last, Big Ten weekly award.
Sanders, along with Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins, was named the conference’s Co-Offensive Player of the Week. The Nittany Lions’ junior tailback rushed for 200 yards and three touchdowns in Penn State’s 63-24 win over Illinois on Friday night.
Sanders became the sixth Penn State player to post 200 rushing yards and three scores in a single game. The last to do it was Maxwell Award winner Larry Johnson in 2002.
Sanders — who now has 495 rushing yards and five scores on the season — was effective behind Penn State’s improved offensive line, refusing to be stopped behind the line of scrimmage on all 22 carries.
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He hopes to continue that consistency against Haskins and Ohio State this weekend. The Buckeyes’ sophomore quarterback completed 21 of 24 passes for 304 yards and five touchdowns in their 49-6 win over Tulane this past week.
The No. 9 Nittany Lions and No. 4 Buckeyes play in primetime on Saturday in front of a White Out crowd at Beaver Stadium. After College GameDay starts the day, the game will kick at 7:30 p.m. and broadcast on ABC.