Sitting Atop the Big 10 Rushing Averages

The battle of two of the Big 10's top backs came out the way Big 10 fans hoped - Both NU's Tyrell Sutton and UW's Brian Calhoun rushed for over 100 years, but in the end Sutton's 244 yards [and 4 TDs] proved too much for the Badgers and propelled the Northwestern Frosh into the lead in the Big 10 rushing title race.

NU Freshman Running Back Tyrell Sutton's 244 yard performance Saturday has moved him to the top of the Big 10's per game rushing list. His 154.4 yards per game is almost 9 yards higher than the #2, Laurence Maroney of Minnesota [154.8], and over 10 ypg above Brian Calhoun's 141.5.

The NU freshman is also ranked #2 nationally behind DeAngelo Williams of Memphis - who leads the nation with 177 pards per carry.

Sutton is averaging 6.3 yards per carry, his 4th quarter TD run against Wisconsin is also his longest, at 62 yards.

Maroney still leads the overall total rushing yardage with 875 to Sutton's 772, but he has played in one more game than Sutton. Maroney is ranked 4th nationally.

The recognition for the former Mr. Ohio Football continues to pour in, he was nominated for the Cingular/ABC Sports All-America Player of the Week Award for his play against the Badgers. He also broke Greg Boykin's 1972 freshman year rushing record during the game Saturday.


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