Barkley and Cabinda pick up B1G honors

UNIVERSITY PARK – The accolades keep piling up for the No. 2 Nittany Lions.

Junior running back Saquon Barkley and senior linebacker Jason Cabinda took home the Big Ten Player of the Week Honors for their performances against No. 19 Michigan. Barkley was selected as the Offensive Player of the Week. It was his fourth Big Ten weekly award of the season. For Cabinda, it was his first career Defensive Player of the Week Award.

Barkley racked up 176 all-purpose yards: 108 rushing yards, 53 receiving yards and 15 return yards against Michigan. He scored three TDs in the game – two on the ground and once through the air. With those scores, he became Penn State’s career touchdowns from scrimmage leader with 42 career scores, surpassing the record set by Lydell Mitchell (41; 1969-71). Barkley has scored a touchdown in 14-straight games, the longest active streak in FBS. He also posted his 12th career multi-touchdown game and his fourth of the season. Barkley recorded his 13th career 100-yard game with 108 rushing yards. He is tied for eighth in Penn State history for 100-yard games.

With 53 receiving yards against the Wolverines, Barkley became the 26th Nittany Lion with 1,000 career receiving yards. He is the first Penn State player with 3,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in his career and the fourth Big Ten player to have 3,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in his career, joining Indiana’s Levron Williams (3,095 rush, 1,088 rec; 1998-2001), Northwestern’s Tyrell Sutton (3,886 rush, 1,244 rec; 2005-08) and Purdue’s Mike Alstott (3,635 rush, 1,075 rec; 1992-95). However, Barkley is the first to accomplish the feat in three years.  

Cabinda recorded 13 tackles, including a pair of half-sacks and one tackle for loss, against Michigan. He also forced his second career fumble in the third quarters on a John O’Korn scramble. The 13 tackles were one off of Cabinda’s career mark of 14, which he has accomplished twice. The effort was his eighth career double-digit tackle performance.

Penn State visits Ohio State for a 3:30 p.m. matchup at the Horseshoe this week. The game is being televised by FOX.

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