Post-Game Notes: Cal
Mark Dell records 202 receiving yards, fifth-best single-game total in school history.
Aug. 31, 2008
Mark Dell recorded career highs with nine catches and 202 receiving yards...the 202 yards represent the fifth-highest single-game total in school history...he is only the fourth Spartan to record 200 receiving yards in a game (Charles Rogers-twice; Plaxico Burress; Andre Rison)...he is the first Spartan to record 200 receiving yards since Charles Rogers had 270 in the 2001 Silicon Valley Football Classic vs. Fresno State.
Brian Hoyer threw for 321 yards, marking the fourth time in his career he has recorded a 300-yard passing game.
Javon Ringer had the fourth multi-touchdown game of his career...he scored on a 1-yard TD in the third quarter to trim Cal's lead to 17-14...he also scored on a 10-yard run early in the fourth quarter...Ringer recorded 200 all-purpose yards, including 102 yards on kickoffs.
Senior strong safety Otis Wiley recorded his first career two-interception game...both interceptions came in the second quarter against Cal quarterback Nate Longshore...the first interception was a 53-yarder in the second quarter - he caught it in the endzone and returned it to the Cal 47...the second pick he returned 31 yards for a touchdown, marking the second time in his career he has returned an interception for a touchdown...his career long interception return was a 54-yarder for a touchdown last year at Ohio State...Wiley now has 161 career interception return yards, which ranks eighth all-time at MSU.
In his first Spartan debut, B.J. Cunningham had five catches for 63 yards.
The Spartans cut the Cal lead to 24-21 after recording a 14-play, 97-yard drive (5:06) spanning the end of the third and the beginning of the fourth quarter...Ringer ended the drive with a 10-yard TD run.
Jesse Johnson recorded his first career blocked punt in the third quarter...Brandon Denson recovered the ball at the Cal 12...it marked MSU's first blocked punt since the Minnesota game in 2006 (Denson block)...the turnover led to an MSU touchdown, cutting Cal's lead to 17-14.
Chris L. Rucker had a career-high seven tackles, including five solos.