IOWA CITY, Iowa – Penn State running back Saquon Barkley put on quite a show under the lights at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday.
The 5-foot-11, 230-pound junior shredded the Iowa defense for 358 all-purpose yards during a 21-19 come-from-behind victory in a game that was televised nationally on ABC.
Former Iowa offensive coordinator Don Patterson was so impressed with Barkley's performance that he called him the best college running back since Barry Sanders, who won the Heisman Trophy in 1988.
Patterson made his usual guest appearance on our Monday podcast and Barkley's performance dominated the conversation. Patterson also talked about the importance of moving on and being ready for Saturday's game at Michigan State.
In fact, he said the Michigan State game is bigger than the Penn State game because few expected Iowa to defeat the fourth-ranked Nittany Lions.
A victory over Michigan State would give Iowa a 4-1 record heading into a very winnable game against Illinois on Oct. 7 at Kinnick Stadium.
Iowa has a bye week after the Illinoi game.
The interview with Patterson is at the beginning of this 90-minute podcast and lasts for about 30 minutes. Patterson also answers a few questions from our callers.