Oct. 20, 2007
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
MICHIGAN STATE FOOTBALL
Michigan State at No. 1/1 Ohio State Oct. 20, 2007
In the 38th meeting between the two schools, No. 1/1 Ohio State defeated Michigan State before 105,287 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. Ohio State now leads the overall series, 26-12, and has won the last six meetings in a row.
MSU was held to season lows in total yards (185), rushing yards (59) and passing yards (126).
Javon Ringer moved into MSU's all-time Top 10 for rushing. He now ranks 10th all-time with 2,295 career yards. He finished Saturday with 49 yards on 18 carries (2.7 avg). He passed Levi Jackson, who had 2,287 career yards from 1973-76.
Jonal Saint-Dic established a Big Ten record with his eighth forced fumble of the season. It came on a 7-yard sack in the third quarter, and SirDarean Adams picked up the ball and returned it 25 yards for the touchdown. It marked Adams' second career TD (interception return vs. Notre Dame in 2005). It marked Saint-Dic's ninth sack of the season, tying for ninth best in an MSU season with Courtney Ledyard and Larry Bethea. Saint-Dic passed Penn State's Michael Haynes, who had seven forced fumbles in 13 games in 2003. The eight forced fumbles ties for the second most in a season in Football Bowl Subdivision history (record: 10, Elvis Dumervil, Louisville in 2005). Saint-Dic now has 10 career forced fumbles, which ranks tied for seventh best in FBS history (record: 14).
Otis Wiley recorded his team-leading third interception of the season and returned it 54 yards for a touchdown at the 3:52 mark in the third quarter. It marked Wiley's first TD of his career. It was the second interception return for a TD for MSU this season (Travis Key, 31 yards vs. Pittsburgh).
MSU has scored four defensive TDs this season (two this afternoon; Key INT return vs. Pittsburgh; Baldwin fumble return vs. Indiana).
MSU has caused 14 turnovers this season, resulting in 60 points.
Greg Jones recorded a career-high 14 tackles (7 solo/7 assists), including a 6-yard sack.
Nehemiah Warrick recorded 10 tackles, marking the third time in his career he has registered double-figure tackles.
Justin Kershaw blocked Ryan Pretorius field-goal attempt in the second quarter, his first career blocked field goal. It was the first blocked field goal for Michigan State since Ervin Baldwin blocked an attempt last year against Idaho on Sept. 2, 2006.
Devin Thomas had 60 kickoff return yards, moving up to sixth in a MSU single-season with 687 return yards in 2007.