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Johnson Runs Over Hoosiers

November 17, 2002|From Associated Press

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Larry Johnson outdid himself -- and every other running back in Penn State history -- on Saturday.

Johnson rushed for 327 yards, a career-high four touchdowns and shattered a 31-year-old school rushing record as he led the 16th-ranked Nittany Lions to a 58-25 Big Ten Conference victory over Indiana.

Johnson broke his own single-game school rushing record for the third time this season and surpassed Penn State's single-season record midway through the second quarter.

Lydell Mitchell set the previous mark of 1,567 in 1971. Johnson also passed John Cappelletti and Ki-Jana Carter, and finished the game with 1,736 yards.

The 327 yards was the fifth-best performance in Big Ten history and the second best this season behind Ronnie Mixon of Central Michigan, who had 377 against Eastern Michigan on Nov. 2.

Johnson displayed his power and explosiveness on touchdown bursts of 69, 43, one and 41 yards as Penn State improved to 8-3 overall and 4-3 in the conference.

Indiana (3-8, 1-6) was outgained on the ground by Johnson, 327-275. He averaged 11.7 yards in 28 carries.

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