ironman 2016

Nittany Lion Fans - vote online each week throughout the football season for the Iron Workers Local Union No. 3 "Ironman of the Game." Visit this page to follow the weekly voting and to cast your vote for the week's top performer on the field. The 2016 "Ironman of the Game" is presented by Iron Workers Local Union No. 3 - Now recruiting those who want to climb higher. Be your own "Ironman" and apply today!

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Players Poll Week 6
Vote for the Ironman of the Game:

Saquon Barkley
Saquon Barkley
Brandon Smith
Brandon Smith
Offensive Line
Offensive Line
DeAndre Thompkins
DeAndre Thompkins


Saquon Barkley, Running Back
Rushing: 31 carries, 202 yards, 6.5 avg., 1 TD
Notes: Sophomore RB Saquon Barkley posted his first 200-yard rushing game and seventh career 100-yard effort with a career-high 202 yards on a personal-best 31 carries. He became the 15th different Nittany Lion to eclipse the 200-yard mark. Barkley's 202 yards are tied for 23rd all-time on Penn State's single game rushing list (John Cappelletti vs. Maryland, 1972) and marks the first 200-plus yard performance since Bill Belton had 201 against Illinois in 2013. Barkley's 202 yards are the most by a Penn State player since Larry Johnson had 279 yards against Michigan State in 2002. Barkley moved into 22nd on the career rushing charts with his performance, jumping six spots in the game. He ended the afternoon with 1,658 career yards on the ground. Barkley's six runs of 10-plus yards give him 16 such efforts on the season and 50 for his career. The Nittany Lions ran for 372 yards against the Terps, the most since piling up 390 yards vs. Michigan State in 2002 and is the third-highest total in a Big Ten game in program history.

Brandon Smith, Linebacker
Tackles: 2 solo tackles, 12 assisted tackles, 14 total tackles, 0 sack(s) for 0 yards, 1 tackle(s) for loss for 2 yards
Pass Defense: 0 pass(es) broken up, 1 interceptions for 0 yards (0 TDs)
Notes: Former walk-on, turned starting Mike linebacker Brandon Smith had a game- and career-high 14 tackles, besting his previous high of eight against Temple earlier this season. He also came up with his first career interception, picking off Maryland QB Perry Hills at the Penn State 45 with 2:06 to play in the first quarter. With the Penn State linebacking unit decimated by injury (three opening day LBs and two others missed Saturday's game), Smith has stepped into a leadership role and has become the quarterback of the defense. Penn State allowed just 100 passing yards against the Terps, which were the fewest in a Big Ten game since giving up 68 yards at Indiana in 2014.

Offensive Line
Notes: The Nittany Lions piled up 524 yards of total offense and 372 rushing yards in the win over the Terps. The offensive line opened up holes for Saquon Barkley, who rushed for 202 yards on 31 carries. The 524 yards of total offense are the most since posting 574 against Eastern Michigan in 2013 and are the most in a Big Ten game since having 546 yards against Indiana in 2012. It was Penn State's first game with 500 or more yards since the 2014 season opener vs. UCF (511). The Nittany Lions ran for 372 yards, the fourth-most rushing yards in a game in last 20 years. It is the most in a game since producing 389 vs. Youngstown State in 2006 and most against a FBS opponent since 2002 (Michigan State, 390). The rushing yard total is the most since piling up 390 yards vs. Michigan State in 2002 and is the third-highest total in a Big Ten game in program history. Penn State's 62 rushing attempts are the most in a Big Ten game in program history, while the 372 yards rank No. 3 on the Nittany Lions' Big Ten ledger.

DeAndre Thompkins, Wide Receiver
Receiving: 4 receptions, 91 yards, 1 touchdown
Notes: Sophomore WR DeAndre Thompkins caught a career-long 70-yard pass for his second career touchdown at the end of the third quarter. He ended the game with career highs in receptions (4) and receiving yards (91).



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