Sept. 16, 2006
Drew Stanton's 2-yard touchdown pass to Kellen Davis late in the second quarter marked the 15th-straight game in which Stanton has thrown a touchdown pass. For Davis it was the third touchdown reception of his career and his first since a 2-yarder against Illinois (Sept. 24, 2005).
Both of Michigan State's second-quarter scoring drives consumed more than 10 plays. First, the 63-yard field-goal drive took 13 plays and 5:50. MSU's touchdown drive covered 83 yards in 11 plays, taking 4:48 off the clock. The two drives took 10:38 out of the second quarter. In addition, MSU's two fourth quarter touchdown drives took 11 and 10 plays, respectively.
Javon Ringer finished the afternoon with 156 yards on 15 carries. His 71-yard run in the fourth quarter was a career long. The 156 yards are a season high and the fifth 100-yard game of his career.
In Michigan State's two second-quarter scoring drives, 106-of-146 total yards came on the ground. The Spartans' 99-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter came entirely on the ground.
Drew Stanton finished the game with 303 total yards of offense, good for the 10th 300-yard effort of his career. On the ground, he rushed for 105 yards on 13 carries, including one touchdown run, marking the third 100-yard rushing game of his career and the first since Oct. 16, 2004 vs. Minnesota (102 yards). Through the air, he completed 16-of-25 passes for 198 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, snapping a streak of 14 straight games throwing for at least 200 yards.
Michigan State scored 38-straight unanswered points after falling behind 10-0. During that stretch, the Spartans scored on six straight possessions.
Demond Williams recorded his second-career interception on the final play of the first half, grabbing Tyler Palko's pass on the 2-yard line. His first career interception came against Illinois in the fourth game of the 2005 season.
After being out-gained in the first quarter, 123-28, Michigan State out-gained Pittsburgh, 156-41, in the second quarter. In the third quarter, MSU gained 185 yards compared to just 25 for the Panthers.
With 7 catches for 103 yards, Kerry Reed recorded the first 100-yard receiving game of his career.
After going 0-for-2 on third downs in the first quarter, Michigan State converted on 11 of its next 12 third downs. MSU finished the game 11-of-15 on third down conversions.
Michigan State finished the game with two interceptions. In the previous two games of the season, the Spartan defense recorded just two interceptions.
Brett Swenson's 43-yard field goal in the second quarter was a season long. The freshman kicker is 4-of-5 on the season.
With 156 rushing yards for Javon Ringer and 105 yards for Drew Stanton, Michigan State produced two 100-yard rushers for the first time since Nov. 13, 2004 against Wisconsin (Caulcrick - 146 yards, Jason Teague - 112 yards).
Michigan State was 5-of-5 in the red zone. Through three games, MSU is a perfect 16-of-16 in the red zone, including 13 touchdowns and three field goals.
Michigan State's 335 rushing yards are the most since tallying 376 at Illinois last season.