Nittany Lions Top 200 Rushing Yards for Seventh-Straight Time in Win Over Illinois

By Nick Polak on September 24, 2018 at 9:00 am
Sep 21, 2018; Champaign, IL, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Miles Sanders (24) scores a touchdown against the Illinois Fighting Illini during the third quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Granse-USA TODAY Sports

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Penn State has done an excellent job of cultivating its running game in recent years, thanks in large part to the skill of Saquon Barkley and Miles Sanders. Improved play-calling and a strengthening offensive line have also played a key role. The hard work put into developing that side of the offensive attack has paid off handsomely for the Nittany Lions, as Friday marked the seventh consecutive game that the team has gone over 200 rushing yards.

Dating back to last November against Nebraska, the Lions have cracked the 200-yard mark in every game, including the bowl game against Washington. The team has averaged 264.4 yards on the ground in that time. They are averaging 6.4 yards per carry and have found the end zone a whopping 20 times via the run. Miles Sanders led the group on Friday night with exactly 200 yards in his breakout performance.

Moving forward, whether or not the Lions are able to continue the streak comes down to this weekend's game against the visiting Buckeyes. Ohio State games to town having allowed an average of 143.75 yards on the ground per game, including 203 yards on the ground by TCU in week three.

Sanders, Ricky Slade, and Trace McSorley will have their work cut out for them against an Ohio State defense chocked-full of NFL talent, but they still have the talent to continue their incredible streak.

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