Sept. 1, 2007
Michigan State defeated UAB in the first-ever series meeting, 55-18, Saturday afternoon before a crowd of 67,796. Here's a look at the most points scored by MSU in a home opener:
103 vs. Kalamazoo, 1928
93 vs. Alma, 1932
62 vs. Albion, 1898
59 vs. North Central, 1924
56 vs. Eastern Michigan, 2002
55 vs. UAB, 2007
MSU scored 45 points in the first half...it's the most points in the first half for MSU since the Spartans scored 42 points against Indiana in 2002 and Notre Dame in 1998...the Spartans scored on their first six possessions of the game, all touchdowns, and racked up 438 yards of offense in the half.
Michigan State has now won nine straight home openers, dating back to 1998...Coach Mark Dantonio is now 3-1 in season openers in his career...with the 55-18 victory, the 37-point margin of victory is the largest for a Spartan head coach in his debut since Jim Crowley beat Alma 59-6 in 1929.
Jehuu Caulcrick scored a career-high four touchdowns...he finished the game with 93 yards on 10 carries (9.3 avg)...he scored the first three touchdowns of the game for MSU...he scored on 1-yard TD run on MSU's first possession...he then scored on a 5-yard run before he scored on a 42-yard run, the longest rushing TD of his career...he also scored on 5-yard run in the second quarter...Caulcrick now has 22 career rushing touchdowns, one shy of cracking the top 10 in MSU history...it marked his fourth career multi-touchdown game...the four rushing touchdowns ties for the second most in MSU single-game history (tied with 12 others).
MSU scored on its first possession of the game, covering 65 yards in just 2:18 on six plays.
Junior quarterback Brian Hoyer completed his first 10 passes...his 44-yard TD pass to Thomas in the second quarter was the longest of his career...Hoyer finished the game 14-for-17 for 201 yards...it marked Hoyer's third career and third consecutive 200-yard passing game.
Conner Dixon threw his first career touchdown pass with a 3-yard toss to Andrew Hawken in the second quarter...Dixon finished the game 3-for-5 for 37 yards...freshman quarterback Nick Foles also saw action, going 5-for-8 passing for 57 yards.
Twelve different players caught a pass...Deon Curry had a career-high three receptions...Blair White caught his first career passes, hauling in three catches for 25 yards.
Fullback Andrew Hawken scored his first career touchdown on a 3-yard reception in the first quarter.
Devin Thomas caught a 44-yard TD pass in the second quarter, the longest reception of his career...Thomas recorded a career-high with 106 reception yards on five catches.
The defense recorded five sacks and 11.0 tackles for losses...in his first start, red-shirt freshman Jon Misch led the defense with nine tackles...Kendell Davis-Clark tied his career high with seven tackles and had two pass break-ups and one sack.
Brett Swenson had a career-high 13 points (seven extra-points, two field goals)...he kicked a 46-yarder at the end of the first half and a 38-yarder in the third quarter.
Playing defense for the first time in his career, senior Kellen Davis recorded two tackles, including a 7-yard sack in the fourth quarter...he also caught two passes for 44 yards.
In his first career game, freshman Chris L. Rucker recorded an interception in the second quarter.
On the dress list, 73 out of 101 players saw action for Michigan State.