Sept. 15, 2007
In the seventh meeting between the two schools, Michigan State defeated Pittsburgh, 17-13, before 68,620 at Spartan Stadium...MSU now leads the all-time series, 6-0-1...MSU improves to 23-9-2 against current members of the Big EAST Conference...the Spartans have compiled a 26-8 record against non-conference opponents since 1999.
This marks the third-straight season the Spartans have started the season 3-0.
With the 17-13 win, it marks the first time MSU has won a game scoring less than 20 points since Sept. 22, 2001, when the Spartans won over Notre Dame 17-10 in South Bend...it marks the first time MSU has won at home scoring less than 20 points since Oct. 28, 2000, when MSU won 14-10 over Illinois.
Jehuu Caulcrick scored the 24th rushing touchdown of his career with a 2-yard TD in the first quarter, giving MSU a 7-0 lead...Caulcrick is now eighth all-time at MSU in rushing TDs.
Devin Thomas accounted for 176 all-purpose yards (5 rush, 53 receiving, 118 kickoff)...he led the Spartans in receiving for the third-straight game with 53 yards on three receptions.
Javon Ringer led the Spartans in rushing for the second consecutive game with 92 yards on the ground...he also had three catches for 31 yards.
TJ Williams, in his first action of the season, caught a 16-yard pass in the third quarter.
MSU's 51 rushing attempts were the most since it ran 55 times against Kent State in the 2005 season opener.
MSU's defense has caused seven turnovers this season, resulting in 34 points...MSU scored all 17 points off Pittsburgh turnovers...Caulcrick scored on a 2-yard run at the beginning of the second quarter after Otis Wiley's interception at the end of the first quarter...later in the second, Travis Key ran back an interception 31 yards for MSU's second TD of the game...Brett Swenson kicked a 23-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter (2:54) after Jonal Saint-Dic forced a fumble at the 4:04 mark in the fourth.
MSU held Pittsburgh to 85 yards passing, marking the first time since 2002 (vs. Rice, Sept. 7) that the Spartans have held an opponent to less than 100 yards passing.
MSU recorded five sacks and now has 17 sacks this season, which is already more than last season's total (16).
Travis Key ran back an interception 31 yards for a TD with 11:00 minutes remaining in the second quarter...it marked Key's second career interception (Northwestern, 2006) and second career touchdown (blocked punt recovery vs. Wisconsin, 2004)...it was the first interception return for a TD since Demond Williams ran one back 62 yards for a score against Illinois last season.
Otis Wiley recorded his second interception of the season and third of his career by picking off a Kevan Smith pass with four seconds remaining in the first quarter. He ran it back 14 yards to the Panther 35, setting up Caulcrick's TD run to begin the second quarter.
Jonal Saint-Dic had a multiple-sack game for the second-straight week...after recording a career-high three sacks against Bowling Green, he had two against Pittsburgh...he also recorded two forced fumbles for the second consecutive game, and he now has a team-high four forced fumbles this season...in addition he had 3.0 tackles for losses...he has a team-high 6.0 tackles for losses this season.
Kaleb Thornhill recorded a season-high seven tackles and collected his first sack of the season.
Pittsburgh did not convert on a third-down conversion (0-for-12).
Greg Jones had a career-high 2.0 tackles for losses and recorded his second sack of the season...he finished with five tackles.
Eric Gordon recorded a career-high eight tackles and recorded a tackle for loss.