Laurence Maroney Named Big Ten Co-Offensive POW

Junior running back Laurence Maroney was named co-Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after setting career highs with 46 attempts and 217 rushing yards in their thrilling double-overtime victory over Purdue Saturday.

With Laurence Maroney facing the nation's top rushing defense, he carried the Golden Gophers to a Big Ten-opening victory over nationally ranked Purdue by setting career highs with 46 attempts and 217 rushing yards to pick up a share of Offensive Player of the Week accolades.

The junior running back also set personal bests with five receptions and 59 receiving yards and added 57 yards on two kickoff returns for 333 all-purpose yards in the game. His 46 carries rank second on Minnesota's single-game rushing list behind Big Ten record holder Kent Kitzmann, who toted the ball 57 times against Illinois in 1977.

The Boilermakers entered the game allowing only 16 rushing yards per contest, but Maroney surpassed the 100-yard mark in the first half for the fourth time this season and broke the 200-yard barrier for the second time on the year. The St. Louis native leads the country with 174.5 rushing yards and 220.8 all-purpose yards per game. He picks up his second career weekly laurel and first since his freshman season on Nov. 10, 2003.

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