Final notes from MSU's 26-24 victory.
MICHIGAN STATE vs. MICHIGAN
November 3, 2001
ATTENDANCE - 75,262 (sellout). Today's sellout marks the 23rd capacity crowd in the last 28 contests at Spartan Stadium, including the last 15 in a row.
SERIES - Today's game marks the 94th meeting between the schools. The Wolverines lead the all-time series 61-28-5. However, MSU has won four of the last five meetings at Spartan Stadium. The series has gone uninterrupted for 57 years since World War II (1945).
Since 1953, the winner of the Michigan State-Michigan game has been presented the Paul Bunyan Trophy. The trophy depicts the legendary giant lumberjack astride an axe with feet planted on a map of the state with flags representing the schools.
INTERCEPT THAT BALL - MSU picked off a pair of passes against Michigan. MSU now has 12 interceptions on the season. Senior cornerback Duron Bryan picked off his second and third passes of the season. It was his first career multiple-interception game.
THE STREAKING BAKER - Senior tight end Chris Baker, who has started 42 consecutive games, has now caught at least one pass in 19 straight games. Both marks are the longest such streaks on the team. Baker finished the game with two catches for 15 yards. He now has 112 career catches to rank tied for ninth with Kirk Gibson (1975-78) on MSU's all-time career receptions chart.
THE TOUCHDOWN KING - Sophomore split end Charles Rogers caught his team-leading sixth touchdown reception of the season in the first quarter. The six touchdowns in a single-season ties for 10th on the single-season touchdown receptions chart. Also tied with six touchdown receptions in a single season are Gari Scott (1999), Courtney Hawkins (1989 and 1991) and Kirk Gibson (1977).
MOVING ON UP - Junior tailback T.J. Duckett continues his assault on MSU's all-time rushing chart. With 211 yards against Michigan, Duckett climbed into sixth place on MSU's all-time rushing list with 2,803 yards. Duckett surpassed Eric Allen (2,654) and Steve Smith (2,676).
Duckett's two-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was the 23rd of his career. The 23 career rushing touchdowns ties him for eighth on MSU's all-time chart with Duane Goulbourne (1992-96) and LeRoy Bolden (1951-54).
He finished the game with 27 carries for 211 yards. It marked his third career 200-yard rushing game. In addition, it was his 11th career 100-yard rushing day and his fourth in 2001. It was his second-straight triple digit rushing game, as he gained 186 yards vs. Wisconsin last Saturday.
Duckett's 211 yards rushing were the most ever by a Spartan against the Wolverines. The previous best was 185 yards by Lorenzo White in 1987.
VS. RANKED OPPONENTS - MSU is now 12-8 in its last 20 games against ranked opponents. The Spartans are 8-1 in its last nine games against Top 25 teams in Spartan Stadium.
SPARTAN QUICK HITS
Senior defensive tackle Josh Shaw injured his right MCL in the first quarter and will miss the rest of the regular season.
Freshman placekicker Dave Rayner made 2-of-3 field goals against Michigan. He hit a 26-yarder to give MSU a 20-17 lead with 7:33 to go in the game.
Since 1970, the team with the most productive ground attach has won 31 of the last 32 meetings. It held true to from today as MSU finished with 169 net yards rushing while Michigan finished with 121 net yards rushing.
With 11 sacks on Saturday,Michigan set a new school record, eclipsing the previous mark of nine which was established in 1992 against Northwestern and Indiana. Of note, junior/sophomore Shantee Orr tied the Michigan school record with five sacks in the game.
Hayden Epstein's 57-yard field goal with 7:30 left in the first quarter marked the longest field goal in Michigan history. It also marked the longest field goal in Spartan Stadium and the longest field allowed by a Michigan State opponent.
Senior wide receiver Marquise Walker ended the game with nine catches for 150 yards. It was his fourth game of the season with 100 or more receiving yards, ranking as the second highest output of the season.