Jan. 1, 2009
Georgia now leads the all-time series against Michigan State, 2-0...in the only other matchup between the two schools, the Bulldogs topped the Spartans in the 1989 Gator Bowl, 34-27.
The official attendance for the game was 59,681...bowl officials estimated the Spartan crowd at 24,000.
The Spartans now fall to 7-12 all-time in program history in bowl games...MSU is 1-1 in the Capital One Bowl (formerly known as the Florida Citrus and Tangerine Bowls)...the Spartans defeated Florida, 37-34, in the 2000 Florida Citrus Bowl.
Javon Ringer scored his 22nd rushing touchdown with a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter, establishing a school record for rushing touchdowns and total touchdowns in a season...with the touchdown, Ringer also set an MSU season record for most points scored with 132...Ringer finished his career with 34 rushing touchdowns, which ties for fourth in MSU history...Ringer rushed for 47 yards on 20 carries against Georgia.
Ringer closed out his career in the top 10 of several statistical categories in Michigan State history. Here's a look at where he stands:
All-Purpose Yards: 5,426 (1st)
Rushing: 4,398 yards (2nd)
Carries: 843 (2nd)
Total TDs: 35 (4th)
Rushing TDs: 34 (4th-tied)
Ringer also finished 10th in Big Ten history with his 4,398 career rushing yards.
Ringer's 390 rushing attempts were second most in a single-season in Big Ten history, trailing only Lorenzo White's 419 carries in 1985. Here's a look at where Ringer's 2008 season stands in the MSU single-season record books:
Rushing/Total TDs: 22 (1st)
Points Scored: 132 (1st)
Rushing: 1,637 (2nd)
All-Purpose Yards: 2,051 (3rd)
Brian Hoyer became just the third Spartan quarterback in MSU history to eclipse the 6,000-yard passing milestone (Jeff Smoker, 2000-03; Drew Stanton, 2003-06)...Hoyer entered the game needing just 10 yards to reach the 6,000-yard mark, and he threw for 169 yards against Georgia...Hoyer closes out his career third in MSU history with 6,159 passing yards...here's a look at where Hoyer closed out his career in the MSU career record books:
Pass Attempts: 896 (2nd)
Pass Completions: 500 (3rd)
Passing Yards: 6,159 (3rd)
Total Offense: 5,930 (3rd)
Touchdown Passes: 35 (6th)
Brett Swenson hit two field goals to finish with 22 for the year, which ties the MSU single-season school record held by Dave Rayner (2003 and 2004) and Paul Edinger (1998)...he hit a 20-yarder in the first quarter and a 32-yarder in the second quarter.
Greg Jones led the team in tackles with 12, marking his seventh straight game with double-digit tackles...Thomas Wright (in 2002) was the last Spartan to record double-digit tackles in seven consecutive games...Jones closed the season with a team-leading 127 tackles, marking his second straight season as the team leader in that category...he also finished the season with a team-best 14 tackles for loss (38 yards).
Michigan State forced two turnovers in the game, both arriving in the first quarter...Kendell Davis-Clark recorded his first career interception with a 24-yard pick at the 6:15 mark...he caught it at the Georgia 36-yard line and ran it back to the 12, setting up Brett Swenson's 20-yard field goal that tied the game at 3...Otis Wiley caused Georgia's second turnover of the day by forcing a fumble in the first quarter at the Georgia 40-yard line at the 2:55 mark...the fumble was recovered by Ryan Allison...it was Wiley's second forced fumble of the season and the fifth of his career...Wiley also had seven tackles in the game.
Brandon Long recorded a 10-yard sack in the fourth quarter...he finished with a career-best 5.5 sacks this season.
Trevor Anderson registered a season-best seven tackles, which also tied a career high (2005 season with Cincinnati vs. South Florida).
Aaron Bates placed four of his five punts inside the 20...the four punts inside the 20 marked a season high and tied a career high.