BLOOMINGTON, Indiana (Ticker) -- Senior tailback Larry Johnson set a Penn State single-season record for all-purpose yards in last week's victory over Virginia.
Johnson takes aim at another school mark Saturday when the Nittany Lions visit Indiana in a Big Ten Conference contest.
He needs 159 yards to break Lydell Mitchell's Penn State rushing record of 1,567 set in 1971. Johnson rushed for 188 yards and accounted for 251 all-purpose yards in the Nittany Lions' 35-14 victory over Virginia.
The native of State College, Pennsylvania raised his season total to 1,959 yards, passing O.J. McDuffie's previous standard of 1,831 yards in 1992.
Johnson leads the nation in all-purpose yards (105.9 yards per game) and is third in rushing (140.9). He only trails Colorado's Chris Brown (161.7) and Northern Illinois' Michael Turner (147.7) in that category.
While Johnson continues to spearhead Penn State's offense, the defense also has excelled, allowing only 34 points in the last three games. The 14 points scored by Virginia was a season low for the Cavaliers.
A victory Saturday will enable Penn State to match its season-high three-game winning streak. The Nittany Lions opened the year with three straight wins before dropping their Big Ten opener to Iowa.
Indiana's defense has been virtually non-existent in recent weeks, allowing 152 points in last three games. The Hoosiers (3-7, 1-5) suffered their fourth straight loss last week, surrendering 35 points in the second quarter of a 56-21 setback to Michigan State.
Indiana never has beaten Penn State, going 0-7 against the Nittany Lions since schools became Big Ten rivals in 1993. The seven meetings against Penn State marks the most times the Hoosiers have played a team without winning at least once. Indiana is 0-4 against North Carolina State, Texas Christian and Southern California.
The Nittany Lions posted a 28-14 victory over Indiana last year. The Hoosiers led, 14-7, before Johnson scored the game's final three touchdowns.