Marion Barber named Offensive Player of the Week

Marion Barber III, a junior running back, was named GoldenSports.Net/Outback Steakhouse's Gopher Offensive Player of the Week. Barber rushed 18 times for 149 yards and scored two touchdowns as Minnesota defeated Illinois State 37-21. The Gophers scored five touchdowns and amassed 509 yards of total offense, including 303 on the ground, marking the seventh time in two years that the Gophers gained 300 or more yards on the ground.

Marion Barber III, who won the Golden Sports Net/Outback Steakhouse Gopher Offensive Player of the Week, scored on a 5-yard run to put the Gophers up 14-7. He also scored on a 10-yard run with 19 seconds left to put the Gophers ahead for good, making the score 20-14.

 

Barber III averaged 8.3 yards per carry and completed a 2-yard pass to quarterback Bryan Cupito on a flea-flicker.

 

With his two touchdowns, Barber III moved into third place on the school's all-time career rushing touchdown list with 28. He needs six more TDs on the ground to move into a tie for second place with his father, Marion Barber (1977-80).

 

Barber III recorded the 10th 100-yard rushing game of his career. He passed Chris Darkins (1992-95) and Paul Giel (1951-53), and now stands alone in fifth place on the school list for 100-yard rushing games. He needs two more 100-yard games to move into a tie for fourth place with his father (1977-80).

 

Barber III moved into eighth place on UM's career rushing yards list. He now has 2,234 yards in his career. He needs 31 yards to surpass Francis "Pug" Lund (1932-34) in seventh place.

 

Barber III moved into fourth place on the school's career punt return yards list, surpassing Rick Upchurch (1973-74). Barber now has 451 career punt return yards and needs 74 to pass Rodney Heath (1993-96) in third place.

 

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