From The Press Box
Notes from Spartan football's 31-3 victory over Indiana.
Michigan State vs. Indiana
Spartan Stadium - East Lansing, Mich.
October 4, 2003
MSU Game Notes
Attendance: 72,398. Today's game marked the 31st-consecutive sellout in Spartan Stadium and the 39th sellout in the last 44 games.
Michigan State now leads the all-time series with Indiana, 36-14-2, and is 19-6-1 against the Hoosiers at Spartan Stadium.
Michigan State scored on its opening possession for the third straight game, coming on a 12-yard pass from Jeff Smoker to Jason Randall. MSU scored on a touchdown pass from Smoker to Ziehl Kavanaght last week vs. Iowa, and Dave Rayner booted a 51-yarder on the first drive at Notre Dame.
Randall's 12-yard scoring reception from Smoker was his first touchdown catch of the season, and the fourth touchdown catch of his career. All three of his previous TDs came in 2002. Randall tied a career high with four catches.
Smoker's 31-yard touchdown pass to Jaren Hayes in the second quarter was the 50th touchdown pass of his career. Smoker set the MSU record for career touchdown passes last week vs. Iowa.
Dave Rayner's 49-yard field goal in the third quarter was his eighth consecutive made field goal. Rayner has already made 15 field goals this season, which is tied for seventh best in a single season in MSU history.
Jeff Smoker tied an MSU single-game record with 32 pass completions. The record was previously set by John Leister vs. Michigan in 1982.
Michigan State's 382 yards passing as a team is the third most in a single game in school history.
Jason Teague's 11-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was his first career touchdown.
Michigan State did not allow a point in the third quarter to Indiana. The Spartans have only surrendered six third-quarter points this season.
Michigan State limited Indiana to just three points. It marked the first time MSU kept a team out of the end zone for an entire game since a 34-0 win at Northwestern, Nov. 13, 1999.
Michigan State's three-game winning streak is the Spartans' first three-game winning streak since winning the first three games of the 2000 season.
? Michigan State now already has more wins this season (five) than all of last season (four).
? Ziehl Kavanaght moved into fourth place on MSU's career punt return yardage chart. Kavanaght had two returns for 20 yards, giving him 598 yards during his career.
? Michigan State, which entered the game with a Big Ten-leading 22 sacks, had six more today. State now has 28 sacks for the season.
Indiana Game Notes
* Indiana played Saturday's game without senior captain and starting running back Brian Lewis, who suffered a hamstring injury in practice earlier in the week and did not make the trip to East Lansing.
* Even without Lewis, the Hoosier running game turned in a solid performance behind sophomore Chris Taylor and true freshman BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Entering the game, Michigan State ranked second in the nation by allowing only 54.4 rushing yards per game. Entering Saturday's contest, Iowa's 107 rushing yards were the most allowed in a game by Michigan State this year.
* Lansing native Jodie Clemons sacked Michigan State quarterback Jeff Smoker twice in the first half for his fourth and fifth sack of the year, respectively. Kris Dielman led the Hoosiers with a total of five sacks last year. Clemons now needs only two sacks to get into Indiana's single-season top 10 in the category.
* Indiana registered four sacks in the contest, matching a season high set against Indiana State. Under Gerry DiNardo, the Hoosiers' high total for sacks in a game is five, set in last year's season opener against William & Mary.
* Wide receiver Courtney Roby returned to the lineup after being sidelined for last week's contest at Michigan. Roby injured his knee on a kick return in the third quarter of Indiana's game against Kentucky on September 20.
* Indiana started one true freshman (center Chris Mangiero) and two redshirt freshmen (defensive end Kenny Kendal and right tackle Justin Frye).
* Including Saturday's contest against Michigan State, Indiana has lost 11 consecutive road games. The last road win for the Hoosiers was a 37-28 victory over then-No. 22 Michigan State on November 10, 2001.
* The Spartans entered Saturday's contest ranked No. 25 in this week's Associated Press poll. The Hoosiers' last win over a ranked team came on October 12 of last year, when Indiana claimed a 32-29 win over then-No. 23 Wisconsin in Bloomington. The Hoosiers' last road win over a ranked opponent was the aforementioned victory over Michigan State in 2001.
* Roby entered Saturday's contest needing 88 yards to crack into the top 10 on Indiana's career receiving yards list.
* Entering Saturday's contest, Indiana had either won or been even on the turnover battle in each of its prior four games.