Sept. 9, 2006
SERIES UPDATE: Michigan State defeated Eastern Michigan, 52-20, in the seventh meeting between the two schools...MSU improved to 7-0 in the all-time series...it marked the third straight game MSU has scored over 50 points against Eastern Michigan (56-7 in 2002; 51-7 in 1999)...MSU is 6-0 against EMU in games played in East Lansing.
ATTENDANCE: The attendance for this afternoon's game was 69,856.
MSU AGAINST THE MAC: MSU improves to 28-5 against current members of the Mid-American Conference...the Spartans have won 13 straight and 20 out of the last 22 meetings.
Matt Trannon SETS SCHOOL RECORD FOR SINGLE-GAME RECEPTIONS: Senior wide receiver Matt Trannon set a MSU single-game record with 14 receptions (previous record: Plaxico Burress, 13 against Florida, Citrus Bowl, 2000)...he also established a career high with 151 receiving yards...the 151 receiving yards are the most for a Spartan receiver since Charles Rogers registered 161 yards against Purdue in 2002...this marks Trannon's second career 100-yard receiving game (Notre Dame, 2005)...his previous career bests for yards (136 against Notre Dame) and receptions (eight against Penn State) arrived last season.
Trannon caught two touchdown passes - a 7-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter, and another 7-yard reception in the fourth quarter...it marked the seventh and eighth receiving touchdowns of his career...it's the second time in his career he has caught two touchdown passes in one game (Notre Dame, 2005).
Trannon threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Jimmerson in the second quarter, Trannon's first career touchdown pass...Trannon is now 2-for-2 passing in his career...he threw a 6-yard completion against Kent State last season.
Drew Stanton NOTES: Senior quarterback Drew Stanton was 24-for-32 with 254 yards passing and three touchdowns...he has now thrown for at least 200 yards and at least one touchdown in his last 14 starts...both streaks represent Spartan records.
Stanton passed the 5,000-yard career passing milestone with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Matt Trannon in the second quarter...with his 254 yards passing, he moved up to fifth on the MSU all-time career passing list, passing Jim Miller...Stanton now has 5,196 career yards passing.
With his 24 completions, Stanton moved into fourth place in career pass completions at MSU, passing Bill Burke and Ed Smith on the charts in today's game...he now has 419 career completions.
Stanton accounted for 287 yards of total offense (254 passing and 33 rushing) and five touchdowns (three passing, two rushing)...it marked the second time in his career he has accounted for five scores in a game (Illinois, 2005, five passing TD's).
Stanton rushed for two touchdowns for the second time in his career (Indiana, 2004)...he ran for a 6-yard score in the first quarter, his first rushing touchdown since the Purdue game last season...he also ran for a 1-yard score in the third quarter.
RUSHING NOTES: Sophomore Javon Ringer rushed for 130 yards on 15 carries...it marks his fourth career 100-yard rushing game...he rushed for a 65-yard run in the second quarter, a career long...his previous best was a 59-yard scamper at Illinois last season...Ringer passed the 1,000-yard career rushing milestone in the game, and now has 1,017 yards for his career.
In his debut, red-shirt A.J. Jimmerson ran 10 times for 79 yards...he also caught three passes for 48 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown pass from Trannon in the second quarter for his first career touchdown.
DEFENSIVE NOTES: Sophomore Otis Wiley led the team for the second straight game with eight tackles, including two for loss...he now has a team-lead 20 tackles for the season and 3.5 tackles for loss.
Junior Ervin Baldwin recorded his first career sack and had two tackles for loss.
Senior David Stanton collected his first career sack and recorded two tackles.
Senior caption Cliff Ryan recorded his 100th career tackle in the game...he made three stops overall.
MSU was a perfect 7-for-7 from the red-zone in today's game (six touchdowns, one field goal)...the Spartans are 11-for-11 in the red-zone this season (eight touchdowns, three field goals).
Freshman kicker Brett Swenson kicked a 25-yard field goal in the first quarter to improve for 3-for-3 on the season.