Devin Thomas becomes the fourth Spartan receiver to collect 1,000 yards in a season.
Nov. 10, 2007
In the 60th meeting between the two schools, Michigan State defeated Purdue, 48-31, before a crowd of 55,630 at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind...it marks the first win for MSU at Purdue since 1993 (27-24 on Nov. 13)...MSU now leads the all-time series, 29-28-3.
The 48 points scored are the most for an MSU team in West Lafayette since 1988, when the Spartans beat the Boilermakers 48-3...it marks the most points MSU has scored against Purdue since 1996 (52 in season opener).
With his two TD runs in today's game, Jehuu Caulcrick set the MSU single-season TD rushing record...he now has 20 for the season, passing Blake Ezor, who had 19 rushing touchdowns in 1989...it also sets the total touchdowns record for an MSU season (also held by Ezor with 19 in 1989)...Caulcrick scored on runs of 2 yards and 1 yard, both arriving in the second quarter...Caulcrick now has 38 career rushing touchdowns (second in MSU history; record is 43 by Lorenzo White) and 39 career total touchdowns (third in MSU history)...Caulcrick also set an MSU single-season record for points scored, as he now has 120 for the season (previous record: Blake Ezor with 114 points in 1989).
With 10 catches in today's game, Devin Thomas tied the MSU single-season record with 68 (Charles Rogers, 2002)...Thomas collected 111 all-purpose yards against the Boilermakers, and now has 2,134 for the season, which establishes an MSU single-season record (previous record: Lorenzo White with 2,094 yards in 1985)...Thomas crossed the 1,000-yard mark for the season with a 30-yard reception on MSU's first TD drive of the game...he becomes just the fourth receiver in Michigan State history to collect 1,000 receiving yards in a MSU single-season (Courtney Hawkins-1989; Plaxico Burress-1998 and 1999; Charles Rogers-2001 and 2002)...he collected 116 receiving yards in the game for his sixth 100-yard game of the season, which is tied for fourth best in an MSU single-season...for the season, Thomas now has 1,087 receiving yards, which is fourth best in an MSU season.
Brian Hoyer threw for 266 yards, marking his seventh career 200-yard passing game...he threw for two TDs, giving him 14 for the season, which is tied for ninth best in an MSU season...he rushed for his first career TD with a 1-yard run in the first quarter, giving MSU a 7-0 lead...he had 219 yards passing in the first half alone...Hoyer had a string of 11 consecutive completions from the second quarter to the third quarter...Hoyer now has 2,337 passing yards this season, good for sixth best in an MSU season...he also moved up the MSU season charts in completions (193; sixth) and pass attempts (319; fifth)
Kellen Davis caught a 2-yard TD pass in the second quarter, giving MSU a 14-7 lead...it gave Davis his fifth TD of the season and eighth of his career.
Andrew Hawken caught a season-long 21-yard reception in the second quarter.
Mark Dell had a season-long 25-yard reception on a third-and-11 in the second quarter at the Purdue 21 that kept a MSU touchdown scoring drive alive...Dell collected a season-high 36 receiving yards.
Michigan State went 10-for-19 on third-down conversions.
With Javon Ringer rushing for more than 1,000 yards and Devin Thomas collecting more than 1,000 receiving yards this season, it marks just the fourth time in MSU history the Spartans have had a 1,000-yard rusher and receiver in the same season (Blake Ezor and Courtney Hawkins in 1989; Plaxico Burress and Sedrick Irvin in 1998; T.J. Duckett and Charles Rogers in 2001).
The 48 points are the most for MSU in a Big Ten game since 2005 against Illinois (W, 61-14).
Ervin Baldwin tied a career high with two sacks...he recorded a 9-yard sack in the second quarter and a 4-yard sack in the fourth quarter...he now has 7.5 sacks this season (second on team) and 16.0 tackles for losses (team leader).
SirDarean Adams recorded two interceptions, both coming in the second quarter...it marked the first time a Spartan has recorded two interceptions in one game since Duron Bryant picked off two passes in the 2001 Michigan game...Adams now has seven career interceptions...he returned the first pick 38 yards to the Purdue 4-yard line to set up MSU's third TD of the day...he returned the second pick 37 yards with seven seconds remaining in the first half to set up Brett Swenson's 39-yard field goal as time expired in the first half. . MSU's defense forced three turnovers in the game (two interceptions by SirDarean Adams, one caused fumble by Otis Wiley)...MSU's defense has forced 18 turnovers this season, resulting in 81 points (15-for-18 scoring opportunities)...MSU scored 17 points off Purdue turnovers...it now has 11 interceptions on the season, the most since the 2003 season (15).
Travis Key scored his third career touchdown with a 20-yard fumble return at the 13:57 mark in the fourth quarter to give MSU a 41-24 lead...the fumble was caused by Otis Wiley...Key's 20-yard fumble return marked MSU's fifth defensive touchdown of the season (Key INT return vs. Pitt; Baldwin fumble return vs. Indiana; Wiley interception return vs. Ohio State; Adams fumble return vs. Ohio State)...Key also recovered a punt in the endzone for a TD his freshman year vs. Wisconsin in 2004 in addition to his interception return earlier this season vs. Pitt.
Brett Swenson hit 2-of-3 field goals, putting him at 13-for-20 for the season...he kicked a 39-yard field goal as time expired in the first half...he also connected on a 23-yarder in the fourth quarter to make the score 34-24 in favor of the Spartans.
MSU attempted two fake plays on special teams...on a fake field goal attempt in the third quarter, Purdue was called for a facemask on Aaron Bates, giving MSU an automatic first down...on a fourth-and-4 from the Purdue 41, MSU lined up for a punt, but Jehuu Caulcrick ran it for 15 yards and a first down, setting up MSU's final TD of the day to make it 48-31.