Howard became the only FBS player in the last 20 seasons with 140-plus rushing yards in each of his first four games with a program when he logged 168 yards on 33 carries (5.1 average) and a score in the Hoosiers win over Wake Forest on Saturday.
He leads the nation with 675 rushing yards and is second with 168.8 per game (first in Big Ten) and 111 attempts (second), fourth with 743 all-purpose yards (first) and sixth with 185.8 per game (first). Of Howard’s 111 carries, 37 (33.3 percent) have resulted in either a first down or a score and 104 (93.7) have gone for positive yardage.
Since the start of 2013, Howard is first nationally among active backs with 3,143 rushing yards, 562 attempts and 10 150-yard games, second with 15 100-yard games, third with 116.4 rushing yards per game and 3,366 yards from scrimmage, fourth with 124.7 yards from scrimmage per game and tied for sixth with two 200-yard games.
Indiana is 4-0 for the first time since 1990 and the sixth time in school history. The Hoosiers take a five-game winning streak, the program’s longest since 1987 (five), into Saturday’s matchup against top-ranked Ohio State. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. EDT at Memorial Stadium and ABC (ESPN2 reverse mirror) will broadcast the game.