Nov. 11, 2006
Sophomore quarterback Brian Hoyer set career highs in passing yards (330), completions (26) and attempts (50)...the 330 passing yards are the most this season for a Spartan quarterback...Hoyer's 50 attempts are tied for fourth most by a Spartan quarterback in a single-game...he completed a career-long 49-yard reception to Matt Trannon in the fourth quarter...he also threw a 40-yard strike to Kerry Reed in the first quarter...he threw a 26-yard TD pass to Matt Trannon in the fourth quarter...Hoyer entered the game on MSU's last series in the first quarter after Drew Stanton left the game due to dizziness.
Hoyer's 330 passing yards are the most ever for a Spartan quarterback against Minnesota...the previous best was 321 yards (Dave Yarema) in 1986.
Senior wide receiver Matt Trannon caught seven passes to move up to second all-time on the MSU career receptions chart with 140...he passed Gari Scott (134), Charles Rogers (135) and Courtney Hawkins (138) with his seven catches this afternoon...he caught a season-long 49-yard reception in the fourth quarter.
Sophomore Brandon Denson blocked a punt in the first quarter and senior Kiel Beltinck recovered the ball for a touchdown...it marked the ninth special teams touchdown in John L. Smith's tenure at MSU, and the second this season...Devin Thomas blocked a punt in the third quarter at Northwestern earlier this season, and Ashton Henderson ran it back 33 yards for a touchdown.
Clifton Ryan recorded a safety in the first quarter with a 1-yard tackle for loss...it marks MSU's first safety since last season at Illinois (Jonal Saint-Dic).
Senior wide receiver Kerry Reed registered career highs in receiving yards (147) and receptions (11)...the 11 receptions are tied for fourth most by a Spartan in a single-game...it was Reed's third career 100-yard receiving game...he caught seven passes for 103 yards at Pittsburgh on Sept. 16, and nine passes for 101 yards at Northwestern on Oct. 21.
Reed (147 yards) and Trannon (131 yards) became the first Spartan duo to record 100 receiving yards in the same game since Mark Ingram (114 yards) and Andre Rison (104 yards) accomplished the feat against Northwestern on Nov. 15, 1986.
Brett Swenson kicked a 43-yard field goal in the third quarter, improving to 13-for-15 on the season.
Michigan State honored 16 seniors before the game: bandit Kiel Beltinck (Mount Pleasant, Mich.), snapper Brian Bury (Marion, Ohio), offensive lineman Kyle Cook (Macomb, Mich.), cornerback Greg Cooper (Flint, Mich.), punter Brandon Fields (Toledo, Ohio), linebacker David Herron Jr. (Warren, Ohio), linebacker Steve Juarez (Torrance, Calif.), placekicker Kyle Mayer (Grand Haven, Mich.), wide receiver Kerry Reed (Miami, Fla.), defensive tackle Clifton Ryan (Saginaw, Mich.), wide receiver Jerramy Scott (Jupiter, Fla.), defensive tackle David Stanton (Los Angeles, Calif.), quarterback Drew Stanton (Farmington Hills, Mich.), wide receiver Matt Trannon (Flint, Mich.), cornerback Demond Williams (Jackson, Ala.) and offensive guard Daniel Zynn (South Pasadena, Calif.).