Mike Weber had his most explosive game as a college running back in Ohio State’s rebound romp over Michigan State, and Monday he was named the Big Ten’ offensive co-player of the week.

Weber shared the honor with Minnesota quarterback Demry Croft.

A sophomore from Cass Tech High School in Detroit, Weber rushed for a career-high 162 yards on just eight carries against the Spartans on Saturday. But that’s because two of those carries were 82- and 47-yard touchdown sprints, his first “home runs,” as coach Urban Meyer calls them, of his OSU career.

And that production came against an MSU defense that, going in, was third nationally against the run, giving up an average of just 87 yards per game. Ohio State, with freshman running back J.K. Dobbins contributing 124, totaled 335 rushing vs. a defense that hadn’t given up a 100-yard game to a back previously this season.

After getting thumped 55-24 at Iowa the week before, the Buckeyes leaned on the running game against the Spartans.

“I think it’s a good thing for us,” Weber said. “We went into the week going hard about running the ball … and it worked out for us.”

Weber, who became just the third freshman – albeit as a redshirt-freshman -- in school history to top 1,000 yards as the starter in 2016, was hampered by a torn hamstring as preseason camp started this year. It put him behind the rapidly rising Dobbins, who on Saturday ironically became the fourth freshman to top 1,000 for a season.

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The past couple of weeks, though, Weber, who worked hard in the offseason to improve his speed and burst, said he was feeling 100 percent physically for the first time “and it showed,” he said.

The Buckeyes, up to No.8 in both major polls this week and back in the lead alone in the Big Ten East Division, host Illinois in the final home game of the season on Saturday, kickoff set for 3:30 p.m.