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Aug. 31, 1996

Michigan State Boils Purdue 52-14

Sedrick Irvin set a freshman school record with four touchdowns and Chris Gardner kicked three field goals to lead Michigan State to a 52-14 rout of Purdue in the season opener for the Big 10 teams.

Irvin, a cousin of Dallas Cowboys All-Pro receiver Michael Irvin, caught a 12-yard touchdown pass and scored on runs of 17, 6 and 5 yards. He rushed for 73 yards on 13 carries and caught seven passes for 59 yards.

Irvin was considered by many to be the top prep player to come out of Florida last season and was heavily recruited by Miami, Florida State, Tennessee and Ohio State. He rushed for 1,129 yards and 29 touchdowns at Miami High School as a senior.

Gardner kicked field goals of 49, 43 and 37 yards for Michigan State, which scored the most points in a season opener since a 54-0 win over Indiana on September 28th, 1957.

Junior Todd Schultz, who won the starting quarterback job over Notre Dame transfer Gus Ornstein, completed 19 of 27 passes for 174 yards and one touchdown for Michigan State. He was 14-of-19 for 150 yards in the first half when the Spartans built a 28-0 halftime lead.

Ornstein replaced Schultz in the fourth quarter and hit Gari Scott with a 54-yard scoring pass.

Michigan State, which opened the season with a conference game for the first time since 1982, plays at defending national champion Nebraska next Saturday.

Purdue opened with a Big Ten opponent for the first time since 1979. The Boilermakers play at Notre Dame on September 14th.

NCAAF   FINAL               1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH     TOTAL
                            ---  ---  ---  ---     -----
        PURDUE                0    0    7    7      14
        MICHIGAN ST          15   13   14   10      52   FINAL
                            (CHRIS GARDNER KICK), 9:45
                            TWO-POINT CONVERSION), 14:42
        2ND QTR: MICS - FG, CHRIS GARDNER 37 YD, 2:39
                 MICS - FG, CHRIS GARDNER 49 YD, 6:41
                 PURD - TD, EDWIN WATSON 6 YD RUN (CHRIS ARNCE KICK), 8:09
        4TH QTR: MICS - FG, CHRIS GARDNER 43 YD, 6:20
                            (CHRIS ARNCE KICK), 9:11
                            GARDNER KICK), 12:35
NCAAF                  1  2  3  4  F   
                       -  -  -  - --   
 Purdue                 0  0  7  7 14    
 Michigan St           15 13 14 10 52  FINAL    
 MICS Irvin 12 pass from Schultz (Gardner kick) 
 MICS Irvin 17 run (Reece run for two-point conversion) 
 MICS FG Gardner 37 
 MICS FG Gardner 49 
 MICS Irvin 6 run (Gardner kick) 
 MICS Irvin 5 run (Gardner kick) 
 PURD Watson 6 run (Arnce kick) 
 MICS Reece 9 run (Gardner kick) 
 MICS FG Gardner 43 
 PURD Alford 26 pass from Dicken (Arnce kick) 
 MICS Scott 54 pass from Ornstein (Gardner kick) 
 A 72511 
                             PURD        MICS    
First downs                   21          26   
Rushed-yards              36-127      48-224   
Passing yards                270         248   
Sacked-yards lost            1-4         0-0   
Return yards                   0          65   
Passes                   20-39-0     23-33-0   
Punts                     8-40.1      4-37.5   
Fumbles-lost                 1-1         1-0   
Penalties-yards             7-50        3-20   
Time of possession         28:38       31:22   

Individual Statistics
RUSHING Purdue-Watson 22-74, Matthews 5-30, Haddad 1-14, Dicken 2-5, L Johnson 3-2, Trefzger 3-2. Michigan St-Irvin 13-73, Crenshaw 10-57, Goulbourne 15-51, Reece 3-21, Greene 1-9, J Walker 2-6, Gould 1-3, Ornstein 3-2, Mudge 0-2.

PASSING Purdue-Dicken 11-20-0-189, Trefzger 9-19-0-81. Michigan St-Schultz 19-27-0-174, Ornstein 4-6-0-74.

RECEIVING Purdue-Alford 9-156, Watson 3-14, I Jones 2-33, Tillman 2-16, Daniels 1-22, Haddad 1-14, Matthews 1-11, Jewell 1-4. Michigan St-Irvin 7-59, N Carter 5-40, D Mason 3-62, Scott 2-56, Goulbourne 2-2, Crenshaw 1-13, Keur 1-6, Hiram 1-5, Long 1-5.

Michigan State vs. Purdue Postgame Coverage

Quotes From Msu Head Coach Nick Saban
Obviously we are pleased with the way we came and played in the game, especially in the first half. Any time that you go out and play a first game you know that you are going to have some errors and some opportunities that you didn't take advantage of but I thought in the first half of this game our players played fairly well. It was a hot day out there. I think our conditioning paid off. I think as we played in the second half you also saw what we've been talking about from a depth showed up a little bit. I was not really pleased with the way some of the backup players played and finished the game.

This game will be a building block for what we can do, where we can improve, where we go from here. This is a big game for us. I was pleased with the way we came out, with the way we were able to run the ball. Todd (Schultz) was effective and accurate even though we threw the ball short. He seemed to be effective in what we asked him to do.

Sedric (Irvin) obviously had a pretty good day for the first game of a freshman...scoring four touchdowns. But the other things he did in the game helped us win.

There are a lot of things we can do offensively to improve, to be a little crisper and sharper and have a little better tempo in the game. I think most teams improve quite a bit from the first game to the second game and hopefully that will be true of this team.

Special teams were really good today. Chris Gardner did a really good job of kicking off. Coverage team on kickoff was outstanding.

We are overall very pleased. We obviously have a long way to go if we are going to be a good football team. This is just one step for us in trying to develop the goals we have for the season.

(Surprised at score) I was a little surprised about that ...I thought the game would be a close game in all honesty. As the game wore on it seemed that we were a bit more physical in the offensive line and controlled the line of scrimmage.

(On Sedrick Irvin) We played him exactly in the game the way I've been telling everybody and he just happened to score four touchdowns. He did what we needed him to do to win.

We'll see how good we are next week. Before we start worrying about all these weapons we got. We're going to see weapons that are real weapons next week.

Michigan State vs. Purdue Postgame Coverage

Quotes From Purdue Head Coach Jim Colletto
There was some interesting things out there. It's important to go back and figure out which players are going to play at a high calibur. We need to find the guys that are going to do what we practice.

Internally we have two senior guards surrounded by guys who have not been in the fire and that's a real concern.

(On choosing a quarterback) We are going to go back and decide whose the best quarterback and he's going to play. There is no controversy.

Soma of them (true freshman) are going to have to play down the road. From the offensive standpoint we didn't do anything and that's something that is going to have to change.

We were going to do the thing we had planned to do, but it got to where there was no communication along the offensive line. Part of it is adjusting to the speed of play. We made some plays later in the game but it was too late.

(On Sedrick Irvin) He looked pretty good. I was impressed from the first game. When they came at us we didn't block very good.

The thing that is hard to deal with is looking at the last spring practice and then to look at todays starters and there is a big difference. Then with the injuries it just snowballs and is a hard to get a strong sense of what's going on.

I don't know who we blocked very well in the beginning. After a while they settled down. But they (Purdue's defensive line) were seeing ghosts, someone that just wasn't there.

I don't think in their best guess they thought that it would happen to them. They have to realize there are no manhole covers on the field and they have to do the job they went out there to do.

There is 13 more weeks of football. It is a real learning experience and I think there will be more interest in practice in what we are trying to tell them. It's a faster game at this level.

Michigan State vs. Purdue Game Notes

Today's attendance was announced at 72,511

Michigan State now leads the all-time series by a 27-21-3 margin.

Team And Player Notes
Michigan State's 52 points this afternoon represent the most season-opening points by a Spartan squad since 1957 when they topped Indiana by a 54-0 margin.

The 28 first-half points scored by MSU marked the Spartans' highest total in the opening 30 minutes of play since a 35-point effort against Northwestern in 1989 ... In addition, holding Purdue scoreless in the first half marked the first time an MSU team had done that since October 9, 1993 when MSU built a 17-0 halftime lead over Michigan.

MSU true freshman Sedrick Irvin enjoyed a fine start to his career, scoring four touchdowns and establishing an MSU record for TDs scored by a freshman ... Irvin's 24 points in this game ties him for third place on the school's game list.

MSU's 28-0 halftime advantage was the largest halftime lead for the Spartans since a 35-0 halftime bulge over Miami of Ohio in 1989.

MSU's Chris Gardner kicked three field goals (tying his career high for a game) and his 49-yarder in the second quarter represented his career long.

Todd Schultz's 45-yard pass completion to Derrick Mason in the second quarter was his career longest.

The HSU defense helped the cause this afternoon, holding Purdue to just 2-of-14 on third down conversions.

MSU QB Gus Ornstein made his debut this afternoon, and completed four of six passes for 74 yards ... Ornstein threw a TD pass, a 54-yard strike to freshman Gari Scott in the fourth quarter.

MSU's Derrick Mason totaled 48 punt return yards this afternoon and moved into eighth place (started the day in 12th) on NSU's all-time list with 356 yards. Mason also grabbed three passes for 62 yards this afternoon, boosting his career reception total to 70, enabling him to move into 15th place on the Spartans' chart.

In season-opening games, MSU now posts an all-time mark of 64-34-3.

Freshman Mike Austin drew the starting nod at outside linebacker and responded by recording seven tackles including one tackle for loss (-3 yds.).

Sophomore tailback Tyrone Crenshaw toted the ball a career-high 10 times for the Spartans this afternoon and picked up a carer-best of 57 yards...Included in his totals was a career-long 34-yard dash.

Purdue's Brian Alford caught nine passes for 156 yards this afternoon with his yardage total ranking as the sixth-highest total by a Spartan opponent.

Todd Schultz's 19 completions represented his third-highest total as a Spartan.

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