The Michigan State Spartans overcame a late 16-point deficit earning a massive victory over the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday afternoon, and it was due in large part to the play of Kenneth Walker III.
Walker rushed for 197 yards on 23 carries and scored all five of the Spartans’ touchdowns in their 37-33 win over the Wolverines. For his efforts, Walker was recognized by the Walter Camp Football Foundation as the National Offensive Player of the Week.
@MSU_Football RB Kenneth Walker III @KStateFB DE Felix Anudike-Uzomah are the @WalterCampFF National FBS Players of Week (Oct. 31) @B1Gfootball @Big12Conference https://t.co/lXjJKfOrUO pic.twitter.com/to1RcyTb0U— Walter Camp Football (@WalterCampFF) October 31, 2021
The five touchdowns scored by Walker are the second most for any MSU player, and the most by any player ever against the Wolverines. Walker’s touchdown carries came from varying distances with runs of 27, eight, one, 58, and 23 yards. For the year, Walker has 175 carries for 1,194 yards with a total of 15 touchdowns (14 on the ground). Numerous sports betting sites and pundits have Walker in the top-five for the Heisman Trophy, an award a Spartan has never won.
This is the second game versus a Big Ten opponent that Walker has scored at least four touchdowns. In his first game as a Spartan, Walker scored four touchdowns on the road against the Northwestern Wildcats and was named Named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week.
Michigan State will next face the Purdue Boilermakers on Nov. 6, at 3:30pm in West Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue presents a challenging game after an emotional win against Michigan, as the Boilermakers are currently 10th in the nation in scoring defense, allowing only 17.12 points per game.