Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott earns B1G Player of the Week honors
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ezekiel Elliott is the Big Ten Conference offensive player of the week for his efforts in the win over previously unbeaten Indiana this past Saturday.
Elliott rushed for 274 yards (second-most in the FBS for a game this season) and scored three second-half touchdowns — of 55-, 65- and 75-yards — to spark the Buckeyes. Elliott’s 55-yard touchdown with 9 minutes to go in the third gave Ohio State its first lead of the game at 13-10. After IU countered with a touchdown, Elliott took off on a 65-yard score to give the Buckeyes the lead for good. His 75-yard run with just over 10 minutes to play in the fourth quarter capped Ohio State’s scoring and gave the Buckeyes a 34-20 lead.
Elliott’s total ties for the second-most in school history with Keith Byars (274 vs. Illinois in 1984) and trails only the 314-yard game by Eddie George in 1995 vs. Illinois. Elliott’s 243 second-half yards are a school record for a half, topping the 195 yards Byars gained in the second half vs. Illinois.
Ohio State — Most Rushing Yards in a Game
314 — Eddie George vs. Illinois (1995)
274 — Ezekiel Elliott vs. Indiana (2015)
274 — Keith Byars vs. Illinois (1984)
246 — Ezekiel Elliott vs. Oregon (2015)
246 — Carlos Hyde vs. Illinois (2013)
Most Rushing Yards One Half
243 — Ezekiel Elliott, second-half vs. Indiana (2015)
195 — Keith Byars, second-half vs. Illinois (1984)
194 — Maurice Clarett, second-half vs. Washington State (2002)
186 — Carlos Hyde, second-half vs. Illinois (2013)
180 — Eddie George, first-half vs. Illinois (1995)
Elliott, who averaged a school-record 11.9 yards per carry vs. Indiana (23 carries for 274 yards and three TDs), has now gained 729 yards rushing this season and is averaging 145.8 yards per game, figures that rank fifth and sixth, respectively, in the nation. Elliott is tied for the national lead with four runs of 50-or-more yards, a total that includes an 80-yard touchdown run vs. Virginia Tech.
(Ohio State press release)