Sept. 2, 2006
In the first meeting between the two schools, Michigan State topped Idaho, 27-17, this afternoon.
The attendance for this afternoon's game was 70,711, marking the 46th straight game MSU has played in front of a crowd of over 70,000 at Spartan Stadium.
Michigan State improves to 72-35-3 in season openers, including a 9-2 record its last 11 games.
MSU improves to 89-21 in home openers, including a 10-1 record in its last 11 games. The Spartans have won now won eight home openers in a row, with their last setback in 1998 vs. Colorado State.
John L. Smith improved to 4-0 in home openers in Spartan Stadium...he improves to 12-6 in season openers for his career, including a 8-3 record in his last 11.
Drew Stanton threw a touchdown pass in his 13th straight game, extending his school record...he completed a 27-yard pass to Kerry Reed in the first quarter...he also passed for at least 200 yards for the 13th consecutive game, which extends his school record...Stanton was 16-for-25 and finished with 225 yards passing...he moved up to seventh in the MSU career charts in pass attempts (602)...with his 225 yards passing, he now has 4,942 career yards passing, just 95 yards behind Jim Miller in fifth place...he surpassed the 6,000-yard mark in career total offense with his 280 yards, becoming just the second Spartan to collect over 6,000 yards of total offense (first-Jeff Smoker, 8,714 yards)...Stanton also ran for 55 yards on eight carries, good for 6.9 yards per carry.
Otis Wiley recorded a career-high 12 tackles to go along with three pass break-ups and a forced fumble...he was also credited with a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss for four yards...he collected five tackles in the first quarter, surpassing previous single-game high of four.
Nehemiah Warrick, in his first game as a Spartan, tied for the team lead with 12 tackles...he also had one pass break-up.
David Herron recorded his first career interception, a 23-yard return in the second quarter...he also recorded six tackles.
Javon Ringer led the Spartans in rushing with 70 yards...he ran for a 7-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
Freshman kicker Brett Swenson connected on two field goal attempts (35-yarder in the second quarter; 23-yard field goal in the fourth quarter) in his first career game...the 35-yarder was longer than any Spartan field goal last season (John Goss vs. Ohio State, 32 yards).
Ervin Baldwin blocked a field goal in the second quarter...the last MSU blocked field goal arrived in the 2004 season opener vs. Rutgers (SirDarean Adams).
Michigan State was a perfect 4-for-4 in the red-zone (two touchdowns, two field goals).