Nov. 17, 2007
In the 25th meeting between the two schools, Michigan State defeated Penn State, 35-31, before a crowd of 72,251 at Spartan Stadium...the overall series is now tied at 12-12-1.
Devin Thomas caught seven passes for 139 yards, giving him 75 receptions for the season, which establishes a new MSU single-season record (previous record: 68 by Charles Rogers in 2002)....Thomas set the single-season reception record with his 69th catch of the season, a 19-yard reception at the 9:41 mark in the first half
Thomas finishes the regular season with 1,226 receiving yards, which is third all-time in a MSU season.
Thomas tied a Michigan State record with three receiving TDs, marking the seventh time in school history the feat had been accomplished, and the first since Plaxico Burress caught three in the 2000 Citrus Bowl against Florida...Thomas scored the first touchdown of the day for the Spartans at the 8:42 mark in the first quarter on a bubble screen he ran in for 12 yards...his second TD was a 33-yard reception with 2:20 left in the third...his final TD arrived at the 11:04 mark in the fourth quarter as he made an impressive 26-yard grab in the endzone.
Thomas recorded his seventh 100-yard receiving game of the season, setting an MSU single-season record (previous record: 6, held by Charles Rogers in 2001 and 2002).
Thomas finishes the regular season with 957 kickoff return yards, which is second in MSU history (record: 966 by Derrick Mason, 1994)...he finished with 89 kick return yards against the Nittany Lions.
Thomas accounted for 236 all-purpose yards, marking the sixth time this season he has collected more than 200 all-purpose yards in a game...he set a school record for all-purpose yards in a season last week, and finishes the 12-game regular season with 2,370 all-purpose yards.
Kellen Davis caught four passes for a career-best 106 yards...his previous career high was 61 yards, which also came against Penn State, last season at Beaver Stadium.
Ryan Allison completed the first pass of his career, a 23-yard strike to Kellen Davis that set up a MSU first-and-goal from the 2-yard line, and eventually led to MSU's second TD of the game, a 3-yard pass to Jeff McPherson...it marked McPherson's first career TD.
Jehuu Caulcrick rushed for 99 yards on 22 carries, his best career effort in four games against the Nittany Lions...Caulcrick rushed for his 21st rushing TD of the season with a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter to give MSU 35-31 lead, extending his school record...the 21 rushing TDs are tied for the ninth-best single-season mark in Big Ten history...he also finished the regular season with a school record 126 point scored.
Brian Hoyer tied a career high with four TD passes...he also threw for four at Notre Dame earlier this season...the four TDs ties for the second-most passing TDs in MSU single-game history...
Hoyer finished with 257 yards passing, marking his eighth career 200-yard passing game and sixth of the season...Hoyer finishes the regular season ranked among Spartan single-season leaders in passing yards (2,594 - fourth); pass completions (209 - fourth); pass attempts (340 - fourth) and touchdown passes (18 - tied for seventh).
The 35 points are the most for MSU against Penn State since the 41-10 win in 2003 at Spartan Stadium.
MSU collected 425 yards of total offense, the second most Penn State's defense has allowed this season (PSU allowed 453 yards of offense vs. Ohio State).
MSU finished the regular season with 409 points scored, the second-best mark in a Spartan season (411 in 1978)...the 5,115 yards of total offense ranks fifth best in an MSU season.
Ervin Baldwin tied a career high with six tackles...he had 1.5 tackles for loss, giving him 17.5 for the season, which ranks fourth best in a Spartan season.
Jonal Saint-Dic recorded five tackles and a half tackle for loss...Saint-Dic finishes the regular season with 14.5 tackles for loss.
Otis Wiley registered a season-high three pass break-ups.
Kaleb Thornhill recorded a season-high nine tackles and one 4-yard tackle for loss.
SirDarean Adams tallied a season-high eight tackles and had a 6-yard tackle for loss.
Punter Aaron Bates had three kicks inside the 20, giving him 23 for the season inside the 20.