Michigan State's Kenneth Walker III has national breakout in win over rival Michigan

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There needs to be a new name added to the top of Heisman Trophy lists.

Michigan State running back Kenneth Walker III burst on the scene and showed out on a national stage Saturday against No. 6 Michigan. Walker ran 23 times for 197 yards and five touchdowns, the most scores anyone has had against the Wolverines in the rivalry.

Walker, a 5-10 junior from Arlington, Tennessee, scored on runs of 27 and 6 yards in the second quarter, a 1-yard plunge in the third and a 58-yard run early in the fourth. He then had the game-winning score from 23 yards with 5:08 remaining, giving Michigan State the 37-33 win to keep the Paul Bunyan Trophy in its possession for a second straight year.

No. 7 Michigan State moved to 8-0 on the season and is on track to make some noise when the first College Football Playoff rankings come out on Tuesday.

Walker entered the game leading the nation in rushing, averaging 142.4 yards a game. He now has 1,194 yards and 14 rushing touchdowns on the season.

Michigan State's Kenneth Walker gouged Michigan for 8.6 yards per carry.
Michigan State's Kenneth Walker gouged Michigan for 8.6 yards per carry.

He began the day at some sportsbooks with +1600 odds to win the Heisman, and with more performances like Saturday he could become the first running back to bring home the hardware since Alabama's Derrick Henry in 2015.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Michigan State's Kenneth Walker has national breakout against Michigan