Spartan Football Travels To Top-Ranked Ohio State
 
 
 
In Big Ten games, Javon Ringer leads the league in rushing, averaging 177.7 yards per game.
 
In Big Ten games, Javon Ringer leads the league in rushing, averaging 177.7 yards per game.
 
 

Oct. 20, 2007

2007 MSU Football Weekly Release vs. Ohio State
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DATE: October 20, 2007
SITE: Ohio Stadium (102,329/grass), Columbus, Ohio
KICKOFF: 3:36 p.m. EDT
BROADCAST COVERAGE: Radio - The Spartan Radio Network, featuring veteran play-by-play announcer George Blaha, color analyst Jim Miller, sideline reporter Jason Strayhorn and broadcast host Will Tieman, will broadcast the game to 38 affiliates throughout the state. Michigan State football broadcasts can be heard locally on flagship station WJIM (AM 1240) and WMMQ (FM 94.9) and in Detroit on WJR Radio (AM 760). The MSU-Ohio State game can be heard live on XM Satellite Radio (Channel 196). Television - ABC will televise the Michigan State-Ohio State game live, with Brad Nessler handling the play-by-play, Bob Griese and Paul Maguire providing color commentary and Erin Andrews serving as the sideline reporter.

FIRST-AND-10 (what you need to know about Saturday's MSU-Ohio State matchup) -
• Saturday's game marks the 38th meeting between Michigan State and Ohio State. The Buckeyes lead the all-time series 25-12, including a 13-7 record in games played in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State has won five in a row and 10 of the last 12 meetings. MSU's last win in the series came on Nov. 6, 1999, 23-7, in Spartan Stadium. The Spartans' last win in Columbus came over the top-ranked Buckeyes on Nov. 7, 1998, 28-24.
• Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio spent three years as the defensive coordinator at Ohio State (2001-03) where he served under Jim Tressel. During Dantonio's tenure at Ohio State, the Buckeyes posted a combined record of 32-6 (.842), including the 2002 National Championship. Dantonio previously worked for Coach Tressel at Youngstown State (1986-90) for five years, serving as secondary coach and defensive coordinator.
• Since the Associated Press Poll began in 1936, Michigan State is 3-13-1 (.206) in games played against the nation's top-ranked team. The Spartans are 2-4 in previous showdowns against Ohio State when ranked No. 1. Michigan State's last win over a top-ranked team came on Nov. 7, 1998, when the Spartans upset Ohio State, 28-24, in Columbus.
• Michigan State is 18-22 (.450) in its last 40 games against teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25, including six straight losses. Fifteen of those 18 wins over ranked teams have come while Michigan State was unranked or ranked below its opponent. Since November 1997, Michigan State is 9-5 (.643) against teams ranked in the AP Top 10.
• Michigan State has compiled an 8-20 record (.286) against ranked Ohio State teams, according to Associated Press Polls since 1951. Five of those eight victories have come in Ohio Stadium. The Spartans have recorded five wins over Buckeye teams ranked in the AP Top 10.
• For the first time in his career, junior running back Javon Ringer was selected Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week (shared honor with Northwestern quarterback C.J. Bacher) after rushing for a career-best 203 yards and two scores in Michigan State's 52-27 Homecoming victory over Indiana. Ringer has rushed for more than 100 yards in four straight games - the longest streak by a Spartan since Blake Ezor posted five consecutive 100-yard games in 1989. His 29 carries also marked a career high. Ringer scored on runs of 3 and 64 yards in the first half as the Spartans built a 24-13 halftime lead. He gained 160 yards on 17 attempts in the first half - third most in a first half in Spartan history.
• Michigan State ranks as one of two Big Ten teams and one of 11 teams in the NCAA to average 200 yards or more in both rushing offense and passing offense. The Spartans lead the Big Ten in total offense (467.0 yards per game) and scoring offense (36.9 points per game) while ranking second in rushing offense (242.7 ypg.) and sixth in passing offense (224.3 ypg.). MSU is listed among the NCAA's Top 20 in three statistical categories: No. 9 in rushing offense, No. 15 in total offense and No. 18 in scoring offense.
• Through seven games, Michigan State ranks second in the Big Ten and ninth in the NCAA in rushing offense, averaging 242.7 yards per game. That's an improvement of 113.5 yards per game over last season when the Spartans finished ninth in the league in rushing, averaging just 129.2 ypg. Junior Javon Ringer and fifth-year senior Jehuu Caulcrick have combined to rush for 1,431 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2007. The Spartans are the only Big Ten team to feature two players ranked among the league's Top 10 rushers: No. 2 Ringer (133.1 ypg.) and No. 9 (tied) Caulcrick (71.3 ypg.).
• Fifth-year senior defensive end Jonal Saint-Dic ranks second in the Big Ten and fifth in the NCAA (tied) in sacks (8 for 65 yards), averaging 1.14 per game. Saint-Dic also ranks among the conference (third) and national (tied for 11th) leaders in tackles for loss (11 for 70 yards), averaging 1.57 per game. In addition, he leads the NCAA in forced fumbles (7), averaging 1.0 per game. Saint-Dic tied the Big Ten single-season record with his seventh forced fumble against Indiana (Penn State's Michael Haynes: 7 in 13 games in 2002).
• Junior flanker Devin Thomas leads the Big Ten in receiving yards (98.6 per game), all-purpose yards (212.4 ypg.) and kickoff returns (31.4 avg.). Thomas is listed among the NCAA leaders in all three of those categories: No. 2 in all-purpose yards, No. 7 in kickoff returns and No. 15 in receiving yards. In addition, he currently ranks sixth in the Big Ten in receptions, averaging 5.43 per game.

THE COACHES -
Michigan State's Mark Dantonio (South Carolina 1979) is 5-2 (.714) in his first year with the Spartans and 23-19 (.548) in four seasons as a college head coach. Dantonio compiled an 18-17 record (.514) in three seasons at Cincinnati, including two postseason bowl appearances. Prior to accepting his first head coaching position at Cincinnati, he spent three years as defensive coordinator under Jim Tressel at Ohio State (2001-03) where he helped the Buckeyes to a combined record of 32-6 (.842), including the 2002 National Championship. Dantonio previously spent six seasons as secondary coach at Michigan State (1995-2000), including five years under Nick Saban and one under Bobby Williams. His college full-time coaching credits also include stops at Kansas (1991-94), Youngstown State (1986-90) and Akron (1985).

Ohio State's Jim Tressel (Baldwin Wallace 1975) is 69-14 (.831) in his seventh year with the Buckeyes and 204-71-2 (.740) in 22 seasons as a college head coach. In 2002, Tressel led the Buckeyes to the national championship with a perfect 14-0 record, including a 31-24 double-overtime victory over Miami (Fla.) in the Fiesta Bowl. He previously served as head coach at Youngstown State for 15 seasons where he compiled a 135-57-2 ledger (.701), while winning four NCAA I-AA national titles (1991, '93, '94 and '97). From 1983-85, Tressel worked as an assistant coach at Ohio State under Earle Bruce.

TEAM COMPARISONS -

                                  Michigan State       Ohio State
Basic Offense                     Multiple             Multiple
Basic Defense                     Multiple 4-3         4-3
Offensive Starters Returning      6                    5
Defensive Starters Returning      6                    5
Specialists Returning             1                    2

AVERAGE HEIGHTS & WEIGHTS (STARTERS) -

                                          Michigan State     Ohio State
Offensive Line & Tight End           6-6, 299           6-6, 305
Offensive Backs & Wide Receivers     6-1, 211           6-2, 219
Defensive Line                       6-3, 268           6-5, 279
Linebackers                          6-0, 231           6-3, 234
Defensive Backs                      6-0, 194           6-0, 197

CLASS BREAKDOWN (STARTERS) -
Michigan State Offense: 4 seniors, 5 juniors, 1 sophomore, 1 freshman
Michigan State Defense: 7 seniors, 2 juniors, 2 freshmen
Ohio State Offense: 2 seniors, 6 juniors, 3 sophomores
Ohio State Defense: 1 senior, 4 juniors, 6 sophomores

STAT LEADERS -
Michigan State (after seven games):

Rushing - Javon Ringer (132 carries for 932 yards, 7.1 avg., 6 TDs)
Passing - Brian Hoyer (155 of 188 for 1,476 yards, 11 TDs, 3 INTs)
Receiving - Devin Thomas (38 catches for 690 yards, 18.2 avg., 5 TDs)
Tackles - Kendell Davis-Clark (46 tackles, 29 solos, 17 assists, 3 sacks, 5 PBUs)

Ohio State (after seven games):
Rushing - Chris Wells (118 carries for 642 yards, 5.4 avg., 6 TDs)
Passing - Todd Boeckman (105 of 160 for 1,353 yards, 16 TDs, 6 INTs)
Receiving - Brian Robiskie (35 catches for 636 yards, 18.2 avg., 6 TDs)
Tackles - James Laurinaitis (52 tackles, 23 solos, 29 assists, 4.5 TFL, 2 INTs)

MSU/OHIO STATE SERIES NOTES -
Saturday's game marks the 38th meeting between Michigan State and Ohio State. The Buckeyes lead the all-time series 25-12, including a 13-7 record in games played in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State has won five in a row and 10 of the last 12 meetings. MSU's last win in the series came on Nov. 6, 1999, 23-7, in Spartan Stadium. The Spartans' last win in Columbus came over the top-ranked Buckeyes on Nov. 7, 1998, 28-24. (Note: For a complete list of all-time series scores, please refer to page 148 in the 2007 MSU Football Media Guide.)

STAT COMPARISON -

                             Michigan State     Ohio State
Scoring                      36.9               35.7
First Downs                  22.3               21.4
Total Offense                467.0              414.0
Rushing Yards                242.7              194.1
Passing Yards                224.3              219.9
Time of Possession           31:12              31:40
Third Down Conversions       .447               .462
Points Allowed               24.9               6.6
Total Offense Allowed        332.6              211.9
Rushing Yards Allowed        101.4              62.9
Passing Yards Allowed        231.1              149.0

THE LAST MEETING -
Oct. 14, 2006, in East Lansing, Mich.: Troy Smith completed 15 of 22 passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns to lead top-ranked Ohio State to a 38-7 victory over Michigan State. It marked Ohio State's fifth-straight win over the Spartans. The Spartans had an early chance to steal momentum from Ohio State, recovering Chris Wells' fumble at the Buckeyes' 31 just three plays into the game. But a holding penalty and a sack took the Spartans out of scoring range. The Buckeyes responded with an 80-yard, 12-play drive - capped by a 2-yard touchdown run by Antonio Pittman - to take a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter. MSU drove to the Ohio State 36 early in the second quarter, but failed on a fourth-and-2 on a draw by quarterback Drew Stanton. Ohio State then marched downfield and took a 10-0 lead on Aaron Pettrey's 32-yard field goal. A 60-yard punt return by Ted Ginn Jr. made it 17-0 with about five minutes left in the first half. MSU entered the game averaging 31 points per contest, but the Spartans gained just 79 yards in the first half and trailed 24-0 at the break. Ohio State's Anthony Gonzalez caught seven passes for 118 yards and a TD. Buckeyes came in allowing just nine points per game and kept MSU off the scoreboard until A.J. Jimmerson's 6-yard TD run with 1:07 remaining.

THE LAST MEETING IN OHIO STADIUM -
Oct. 15, 2005, in Columbus, Ohio: Troy Smith accounted for 291 total yards and four touchdowns to lead No. 15 Ohio State to a 35-24 victory over No. 16 Michigan State in Columbus. MSU parlayed two takeaways into a 10-0 lead. Midway through the first quarter, SirDarean Adams stripped the ball from Ohio State's Antonio Pittman and Michael Bazemore recovered the fumble at the MSU 37. The Spartans put together an eight-play, 47-yard drive that resulted in a 32-yard field goal by John Goss with 6:02 left in the first quarter. Ohio State mishandled the ensuing kickoff from Todd Boleski and Otis Wiley recovered the loose ball at the Buckeye 4. Three plays later, Jehuu Caulcrick scored on a 3-yard run over right tackle as Michigan State took a 10-0 lead with 4:34 remaining in the first quarter. Ohio State answered on its next series as Smith capped a five-play, 80-yard drive with a 51-yard TD strike to Santonio Holmes as the Buckeyes pulled to within 10-7 with 2:37 to play in the opening quarter. The Spartans put together a 12-play, 84-yard drive and extended their lead to 17-7 on Drew Stanton's 36-yard TD toss to Jerramy Scott with 6:30 left in the second quarter. The complexion of the game changed on the final play of the first half as Ashton Youboty returned a blocked field goal 72 yards for a touchdown as Ohio State rallied to within 17-14 at the intermission. The Buckeyes' Nate Salley raced around the left end untouched to block the 35-yard attempt by Goss as time expired. Ohio State scored on its first possession of the second half to take its first lead at 21-17 as Smith fired a 57-yard TD pass to Ted Ginn Jr. Michigan State answered on its next series as Jason Teague finished off an 11-play, 80-yard drive with a 6-yard TD run over right guard as the Spartans regained the lead, 24-21, with 4:53 left in the third quarter. Midway through the fourth quarter, the Spartans missed another scoring chance as Youboty blocked a 37-yard field-goal try by Goss. Five plays later, Smith again hooked up with Holmes, this time for a 46-yard scoring play as Ohio State took the lead for good at 28-24 with 4:56 to play. Holmes set up an insurance TD with his 26-yard punt return to the MSU 19. Three plays later, Smith scored on a 1-yard sneak as Ohio State built a 35-24 lead with 1:29 left in the game. Michigan State rolled up 456 total yards against the Buckeyes, which entered the game ranked fourth in the NCAA in total defense, allowing 238.2 yards per game. Stanton completed 26-of-36 throws for a career-best 340 yards, while Scott produced his second career 100-yard receiving game, with seven catches for (a career-high) 129 yards. The Spartans held a better than 2-to-1 margin in time of possession, 40:59-19:01. Smith hit 10-of-15 passes for a career-high 249 yards and three scores. Ohio State's defense recorded a school-record 12 sacks for 58 yards.

MSU/OHIO STATE COACHING CONNECTIONS -
• Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio spent three years as the defensive coordinator at Ohio State (2001-03) where he served under Jim Tressel. During Dantonio's tenure at Ohio State, the Buckeyes posted a combined record of 32-6 (.842), including the 2002 National Championship. Dantonio previously worked for Coach Tressel at Youngstown State (1986-90) for five years, serving as secondary coach and defensive coordinator.
• Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel served as (Michigan State offensive coordinator) Don Treadwell's position coach (wide receiver) at Miami-Ohio in 1979-80. Treadwell later spent six years on Tressel's coaching staff at Youngstown State (1986-91). Treadwell worked with the wide receivers, running backs and quarterbacks at Youngstown State, and served as offensive coordinator in 1991 as the Penguins won the NCAA I-AA National Championship.
• Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel served as (Michigan State quarterbacks coach) Dave Warner's position coach (quarterbacks) at Syracuse in 1981. Warner spent the 1982 season as a graduate assistant for the Orange, working for Coach Tressel.
• Michigan State linebackers/special teams coach Mike Tressel is the nephew of Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel. Mike spent two years as a graduate assistant coach at Ohio State, working for his uncle from 2002-03.
• Michigan State tight ends/tackles coach Mark Staten served as a graduate assistant for Jim Tressel at Ohio State from 2002-03.
• Ohio State offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Jim Bollman spent three years as offensive line coach at Michigan State (1995-97) under Nick Saban.
• Ohio State safeties coach Paul Haynes spent two years as cornerbacks coach at Michigan State (2003-04).

MSU/OHIO STATE CONNECTIONS, PART II -
• Michigan State strength and conditioning coach Ken Mannie earned his master's degree from Ohio State in 1985 and served as a graduate assistant for the Buckeyes in '84.
• Michigan State director of player development Dino Folino began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Ohio State in 1974-75, working under legendary Coach Woody Hayes.
• Michigan State assistant athletics director/head athletic trainer Jeff Monroe graduated from Ohio State in 1972 with a degree in physical education. Monroe spent four years as a student trainer for the Buckeyes from 1969-72.

SPARTANS FROM THE BUCKEYE STATE -
Michigan State's 2007 roster features 17 players from Ohio: freshman punter Aaron Bates (New Concord/John Glenn), junior cornerback Mike Bell (Shaker Heights), freshman tight end Garrett Celek (Cincinnati/LaSalle), sophomore offensive tackle Rocco Cironi (Warren/Warren G. Harding), freshman wide receiver B.J. Cunningham (Westerville/Westerville South), junior cornerback Kendell Davis-Clark (Alliance), sophomore safety Dan Fortener (Kettering/Archbishop Alter), junior quarterback Brian Hoyer (North Olmsted/St. Ignatius), red-shirt freshman safety Marcus Hyde (Fostoria), freshman nose tackle Antonio Jeremiah (Hilliard/Hilliard Darby), freshman linebacker Greg Jones (Cincinnati/Archbishop Moeller), junior defensive tackle Justin Kershaw (Columbus/Reynoldsburg), freshman snapper Michael Linger (West Chester/Lakota West), junior defensive end Brandon Long (Canton/GlenOak), sophomore offensive guard Brendon Moss (Bay Village), junior running back Javon Ringer (Dayton/Chaminade-Julienne), freshman cornerback Chris L. Rucker (Warren/Warren G. Harding).

SPARTANS vs. TOP-RANKED TEAMS -
Since the Associated Press Poll began in 1936, Michigan State is 3-13-1 (.206) in games played against the nation's top-ranked team. The Spartans are 2-4 in previous showdowns against Ohio State when ranked No. 1. Michigan State's last win over a top-ranked team came on Nov. 7, 1998, when the Spartans upset Ohio State, 28-24, in Columbus.

Here's a look at Michigan State's 17 previous meetings against top-ranked teams (MSU wins in bold type):

Date Result (Associated Press Ranking) Site Oct. 14, 2007 No. 1 Ohio State 38, MSU 7 East Lansing Nov. 7, 1998 MSU 28, No. 1 Ohio State 24 Columbus Sept. 7, 1996 No. 1 Nebraska 55, MSU 14 Lincoln Oct. 13, 1990 MSU 28, No. 1 Michigan 27 Ann Arbor Sept. 22, 1990 No. 1 Notre Dame 20, No. 24 MSU 19 East Lansing Sept. 23, 1989 No. 1 Notre Dame 21, MSU 13 South Bend Oct. 5, 1985 No. 1 Iowa 35, MSU 31 Iowa City Oct. 9, 1976 No. 1 Michigan 42, MSU 10 Ann Arbor Nov. 9, 1974 MSU 16, No. 1 Ohio State 13 East Lansing Nov. 10, 1973 No. 1 Ohio State 35, MSU 0 Columbus Sept. 30, 1972 No. 1 Southern Cal 51, MSU 6 Los Angeles Oct. 10, 1970 No. 1 Ohio State 29, MSU 0 Columbus Oct. 11, 1969 No. 1 Ohio State 54, No. 19 MSU 21 Columbus Nov. 19, 1966 No. 1 Notre Dame 10, No. 2 MSU 10 East Lansing Nov. 14, 1964 No. 1 Notre Dame 34, MSU 7 South Bend Nov. 5, 1949 No. 1 Notre Dame 34, MSU 21 East Lansing Oct. 9, 1948 No. 1 Notre Dame 26, MSU 7 South Bend

TURN BACK THE CLOCK -
Here's a brief recap of MSU's last win over a top-ranked team, 28-24 over Ohio State in 1998:

Nov. 7, 1998 (Michigan State 28, No. 1 Ohio State 24)
Michigan State scored 19 unanswered points in the second half en route to a 28-24 upset victory over top-ranked and previously undefeated Ohio State in Columbus. It marked Michigan State's first win over a top-ranked team since beating Michigan in 1990. Ohio State scored on three of its first four possessions to take a 17-3 lead in the first quarter. The Spartans pulled to within 17-9 at the half, thanks to three first-half field goals by Paul Edinger, from 33, 43 and 22 yards. Ohio State's only second-half points came on Damon Moore's 73-yard interception return with 9:51 left in the third quarter as the Buckeyes built a 24-9 lead. The complexion of the game changed after the Spartans were stopped on their next offensive series and forced to punt. Michigan State caught a break when Craig Jarrett's 34-yard, line-drive punt hit Ohio State's Nate Clements and Scott Ernsberger recovered the free ball for the Spartans near midfield. Five plays later, Bill Burke threw a 23-yard touchdown strike to Lavaile Richardson as the Spartans pulled to within nine at 24-15 with 6:02 remaining in the third quarter. Michael Wiley fumbled on Ohio State's next possession, which led to another Edinger field goal, a 49-yarder, as the Spartans closed to within six at 24-18. Michigan State put together an eight-play, 92-yard drive and took its first lead of the game at 25-24 on Sedrick Irvin's 3-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter. Josh Shaw's 22-yard fumble return to the Ohio State 18 set up Edinger's school record-tying fifth field goal, from 42 yards. Trailing 28-24, Ohio State drove to the MSU 26 but on fourth-and-1 Joe Montgomery was stuffed for no gain by T.J. Turner and Courtney Ledyard. The Spartans produced only one first down on the next series and David Boston's 26-yard punt return gave Ohio State possession at its own 49 with 1:39 to play. Two-straight completions by Joe Germaine gave the Buckeyes a first down at the MSU 15. Cedric Henry broke up his next pass that was intended for Boston in the end zone. On second down, Germaine overthrew Boston and Renaldo Hill tipped away his third-down toss intended for Dee Miller in the end zone. On fourth-and-10, Hill iced the game by stepping in front of Miller on the goal line for an interception. Michigan State outgained Ohio State in total yards, 377-353, as the Spartans held the Big Ten's top-ranked offense to 159 yards below its season average.

BURKE NAMED HONORARY CAPTAIN -
Former Michigan State quarterback Bill Burke, who led the Spartans to back-to-back wins over Ohio State in 1998-99, has been selected as honorary captain for Saturday's game against the Buckeyes. A four-year letterman (1996-99) for Coach Nick Saban, Burke still ranks among MSU's career leaders in touchdown passes (second with 46), passing yards (fifth with 5,463), pass attempts (fifth with 766) and pass completions (sixth with 416).

As a senior, he threw for 2,214 yards and 20 TDs while leading the Spartans to a 10-2 record, including a 37-34 victory over Florida in the 2000 Citrus Bowl. In MSU's 34-31 victory over Michigan in 1999, Burke completed 21-of-36 passes for a school-record 400 yards.

A native of Warren, Ohio, Burke currently works as an associate with AXA Advisors in Okemos, Mich.

UPSET SPECIALS -
Michigan State is 18-22 (.450) in its last 40 games against teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25, including six straight losses. Fifteen of those 18 wins over ranked teams have come while Michigan State was unranked or ranked below its opponent.

Since November 1997, Michigan State is 9-5 (.643) against teams ranked in the AP Top 10.

SPARTANS OWN EIGHT WINS OVER RANKED OHIO STATE TEAMS -
Michigan State has compiled an 8-20 record (.286) against ranked Ohio State teams, according to Associated Press Polls since 1951. Five of those eight victories have come in Ohio Stadium. The Spartans have recorded five wins over Buckeye teams ranked in the AP Top 10.

Here's a look at MSU's 28 games played against ranked Ohio State teams (MSU wins in bold type):

Year OSU Rank MSU Result Site 2006 No. 1 L, 7-38 East Lansing 2005 No. 15 L, 24-35 Columbus 2003 No. 7 L, 23-33 Columbus 2000 No. 16 L, 13-27 Columbus 1999 No. 20 W, 23-7 East Lansing 1998 No. 1 W, 28-24 Columbus 1997 No. 9 L, 13-37 East Lansing 1993 No. 5 L, 21-28 Columbus 1991 No. 14 L, 17-27 Columbus 1987 No. 15 W, 13-7 Columbus 1984 No. 8 L, 20-23 East Lansing 1983 No. 17 L, 11-21 Columbus 1982 No. 12 L, 10-31 East Lansing 1981 No. 8 L, 13-21 Columbus 1980 No. 9 L, 16-48 East Lansing 1979 No. 4 L, 0-42 Columbus 1976 No. 4 L, 21-49 Columbus 1975 No. 3 L, 0-21 East Lansing 1974 No. 1 W, 16-13 East Lansing 1973 No. 1 L, 0-35 Columbus 1972 No. 5 W, 19-12 East Lansing 1971 No. 9 W, 17-10 Columbus 1970 No. 1 L, 0-29 East Lansing 1969 No. 1 L, 21-54 Columbus 1968 No. 2 L, 20-25 Columbus 1960 No. 8 L, 10-21 East Lansing 1953 No. 16 W, 28-13 Columbus 1951 No. 7 W, 24-20 Columbus

SAINT-DIC NAMED MIDSEASON ALL-AMERICAN -
Fifth-year senior defensive end Jonal Saint-Dic ranks second in the Big Ten and fifth in the NCAA (tied) in sacks (8 for 65 yards), averaging 1.14 per game. He recorded at least one sack in four consecutive games (vs. Bowling Green, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame and Wisconsin), tying the school record held by Courtney Ledyard (1996 vs. Louisville, Eastern Michigan, Iowa and Illinois) and Julian Peterson (1999 vs. Ohio State, Northwestern, Penn State and Florida).

Saint-Dic also ranks among the conference (third) and national (tied for 11th) leaders in tackles for loss (11 for 70 yards), averaging 1.57 per game. In addition, he leads the NCAA in forced fumbles (7), averaging 1.0 per game. Saint-Dic tied the Big Ten single-season record with his seventh forced fumble against Indiana (Penn State's Michael Haynes: 7 in 13 games in 2002). He forced the fumble while recording a 9-yard sack in the third quarter that Ervin Baldwin scooped up and returned 12 yards for a touchdown as MSU took a 45-13 lead over the Hoosiers.

Through seven games, the 6-foot-1, 255-pound Saint-Dic leads the Spartan defense in production points with 145. Eleven of his 30 total tackles have resulted in losses. Saint-Dic, a Midseason All-America selection by SI.com (second team) and Phil Steele (fourth team), has been named to the midseason watch list for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award.

He recorded a career-best 10 tackles (3 solos, 7 assists), including one for a 2-yard loss, in Michigan State's 48-41 overtime loss to Northwestern.

Late in the first quarter while recording an 11-yard sack against Wisconsin's Tyler Donovan, Saint-Dic forced his sixth fumble of the season, breaking MSU's single-season record of five previously held by Rob Fredrickson (1993) and Broderick Nelson (2001). He was credited with four tackles and three quarterback hits against the ninth-ranked Badgers.

He compiled a career-best 35 production points in Michigan State's 31-14 victory at Notre Dame, registering four tackles including two for losses (18 yards). Early in the second quarter, Saint-Dic sacked Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen for a 17-yard loss while stripping the ball from him and recovering the fumble at the Irish 14. Four plays later, Brett Swenson converted a 27-yard field goal as the Spartans built a 17-7 lead. MSU's defense held Notre Dame scoreless in the second half while limiting the Irish to three first downs and 79 total yards.

Saint-Dic shared Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors (with Ohio State's linebacker James Laurinaitis) after recording five tackles, including three for losses (13 yards), and forcing two fumbles in MSU's 17-13 victory over Pittsburgh. Two of Saint-Dic's three tackles for losses resulted in sacks (11 yards). He accumulated 34 production points against the Panthers. It marked the second-straight week that Saint-Dic recorded at least two sacks and forced two fumbles. With MSU leading 14-13 with 4:04 to play, Saint-Dic stripped the ball from Pitt's T.J. Porter on a reverse that Ogemdi Nwagbuo recovered at the Panther 22. Five plays later, Swenson connected on a 23-yard field-goal attempt to extend MSU's lead to 17-13 with 2:54 remaining. MSU's defense forced three turnovers, resulting in all 17 points, and held Pitt to 0-for-12 on third downs.

Despite being a last-minute scratch from MSU's starting lineup against Bowling Green, Saint-Dic enjoyed one of his most productive games in a Spartan uniform, recording four solo tackles including a career-best three sacks (17 yards). His three sacks tied the sixth-best single-game total in Spartan history. Overall, MSU produced seven sacks against the Falcons - its highest single-game total since registering eight sacks against Northwestern in 1999. Saint-Dic tallied 32 production points against the Falcons, forcing two fumbles and registering three quarterback hits. In the second half, the Spartan defense limited Bowling Green to just six first downs, 98 total yards and three points.

Born in Haiti, Saint-Dic impressed his teammates with his relentless pursuit of quarterbacks in practice, earning himself the nickname "sackmaster."

SPARTANS FEATURE BALANCED OFFENSIVE ATTACK -
Michigan State ranks as one of two Big Ten teams and one of 11 teams in the NCAA to average 200 yards or more in both rushing offense and passing offense. The Spartans lead the Big Ten in total offense (467.0 yards per game) and scoring offense (36.9 points per game) while ranking second in rushing offense (242.7 ypg.) and sixth in passing offense (224.3 ypg.). MSU is listed among the NCAA's Top 20 in three statistical categories: No. 9 in rushing offense, No. 15 in total offense and No. 18 in scoring offense.

TAKE A RIDE ON THE SPARTAN EXPRESS -
Through seven games, Michigan State ranks second in the Big Ten and ninth in the NCAA in rushing offense, averaging 242.7 yards per game. That's an improvement of 113.5 yards per game over last season when the Spartans finished ninth in the league in rushing, averaging just 129.2 ypg.

In its 52-27 Homecoming victory over Indiana, Michigan State rushed for a season-high 368 yards - the 10th-best single-game rushing total in the NCAA Bowl Subdivision thus far this season.

Junior Javon Ringer and fifth-year senior Jehuu Caulcrick have combined to rush for 1,431 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2007. The Spartans are the only Big Ten team to feature two players ranked among the league's Top 10 rushers: No. 2 Ringer (133.1 ypg.) and No. 9 (tied) Caulcrick (71.3 ypg.).

RINGER PACES EXPLOSIVE GROUND GAME -
Junior Javon Ringer, who ranks among the Big Ten leaders in rushing (No. 2 at 133.1 yards per game) and all-purpose yards (No. 3 at 164.0 ypg.), has been named Midseason All-American (third team) by Phil Steele. He also is listed among the NCAA leaders in both statistical categories: No. 7 in rushing and No. 20 in all-purpose yards.

The 5-foot-9, 200-pound Ringer leads the Spartans in rushing, with 932 yards on 132 carries (7.1 avg.), while ranking second on the team in receptions (23 for 216 yards) and all-purpose yards (1,148). Fourteen of his 155 touches have resulted in gains of 20 yards or more (10 rushes and four receptions). He has caught at least one pass in each of the first seven games in 2007.

Ringer has recorded four straight 100-yard rushing games - the longest streak by a Spartan running back since Blake Ezor hit the century mark in five consecutive games in 1989. He needs 68 rushing yards against Ohio State to reach the 1,000-yard milestone. Michigan State hasn't featured a 1,000-yard rusher since T.J. Duckett gained 1,420 yards in 2001.

In Big Ten games, Ringer leads the league in rushing, averaging 177.7 yards per game. He is averaging an incredible 10.5 yards per carry (51 rushes for 533 yards) in Big Ten games.

For the first time in his career, Ringer was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week (shared honor with Northwestern quarterback C.J. Bacher) after rushing for a career-best 203 yards and two scores in MSU's 52-27 Homecoming victory over Indiana. His 29 carries also marked a career high. Ringer scored on runs of 3 and 64 yards in the first half as the Spartans built a 24-13 halftime lead. He gained 160 yards on 17 attempts in the first half - third most in a first half in MSU history.

With his 185-yard rushing effort (12 attempts) against Northwestern, Ringer became just the 13th player in Spartan history to eclipse the 2,000-yard career milestone. He tied his career high with three rushing touchdowns against the Wildcats, scoring on runs of 4, 47 and 80 yards. His career-long 80-yard run ranks as the 10th-longest rushing play in school history (tied with Clinton Jones, 1965 vs. Ohio State). Ringer accounted for a career-best 239 all-purpose yards against Northwestern, including a team-high six receptions for 54 yards.

He rushed 10 times for 145 yards at ninth-ranked Wisconsin. His 53-yard run midway through the first quarter set up Jehuu Caulcrick's 2-yard touchdown plunge and his 70-yard gallop on the opening drive of the second half led to a 19-yard field goal by Brett Swenson. Ringer accounted for 233 all-purpose yards against the Badgers, setting career highs in receptions (7) and receiving yards (88).

Ringer gained 144 yards on 26 attempts at Notre Dame, as the Spartans recorded their sixth straight win over the Fighting Irish in South Bend.

The Dayton, Ohio, native has rushed for 2,246 career yards (340 carries) and 12 TDs. Ringer needs 41 rushing yards to crack MSU's all-time Top 10 in that category. He is attempting to become the first running back to lead the Spartans in rushing for three-straight seasons since Sedrick Irvin (1996-98). Ringer led the team in rushing as a true freshman in 2005 (817 yards) and as a sophomore in 2006 (497). His 6.61 yards per carry ranks as the second-highest rushing average in school history and the third-best figure among the NCAA's Bowl Subdivision active career leaders.

CAULCRICK REACHES 2,000-YARD CAREER RUSHING MILESTONE -
Fifth-year senior Jehuu Caulcrick leads the Big Ten and ranks fourth in the NCAA in scoring, averaging 11.1 points per game. Caulcrick also ranks ninth (tied) in the league in rushing, averaging 71.3 yards per game. He leads the Spartans with 13 rushing touchdowns and ranks second in rushing with 499 yards, averaging 4.3 yards per carry. Caulcrick has scored at least one rushing TD in six of the first seven games. Thirty-six of his 116 carries this season have resulted in either a touchdown or a first down.

With three TD runs against Indiana, the 6-foot, 255-pound Caulcrick moved into fourth place on MSU's all-time list with 31 career rushing TDs. It marked the seventh multi-TD game of his career. Caulcrick picked up 94 yards on a career-high 23 carries against the Hoosiers, becoming just the 14th player in Spartan history to surpass the 2,000-yard career milestone. He gained 73 yards on 17 carries at No. 9 Wisconsin, scoring on a pair of 2-yard runs in the second quarter.

Caulcrick rushed 20 times for 83 yards in Michigan State's 31-14 victory at Notre Dame.

He gained 71 yards on 21 carries against Pittsburgh, including a 2-yard TD run early in the second quarter.

Caulcrick shared Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors (with Wisconsin's quarterback Tyler Donovan) after rushing 10 times for 93 yards and four touchdowns - all in the first half - to lead MSU to a 55-18 season-opening victory over UAB. His four rushing TDs represent a career high and equal the school record for rushing TDs in a half (Blake Ezor vs. Northwestern, 1989). Caulcrick's four rushing TDs also marked the second-best single-game total in Spartan history (Ezor scored six rushing TDs vs. Northwestern, 1989).

Against UAB, seven of his 10 carries resulted in either a TD or a first down. Caulcrick finished off MSU's first three possessions, scoring on runs of 1, 5 and 42 yards. The 42-yarder marked the longest scoring run of his career. He added another 5-yard TD run early in the second quarter as the Spartans jumped out to a 35-0 lead.

The Findley Lake, N.Y., native has rushed for 2,022 career yards and ranks among the NCAA's Bowl Subdivision (formerly known as NCAA I-A) active career leaders in rushing TDs (No. 10).

THOMAS SHOWCASES HIS ALL-PURPOSE SKILLS -
Junior flanker Devin Thomas leads the Big Ten in receiving yards (98.6 per game), all-purpose yards (212.4 ypg.) and kickoff returns (31.4 avg.). Thomas is listed among the NCAA leaders in all three of those categories: No. 2 in all-purpose yards, No. 7 in kickoff returns and No. 15 in receiving yards. In addition, he currently ranks sixth in the Big Ten in receptions, averaging 5.43 per game.

The 6-foot-2, 218-pound Thomas leads the team in receptions (38), receiving yards (690), touchdown receptions (5) and yards per catch (18.2). Twenty-five of his 38 receptions (65.8 percent) have resulted in either a TD or a first down, including 10 gains of 20 yards or more.

As a kick returner, Thomas has been named Midseason All-American (third team) by Phil Steele. His 627 kickoff return yards already rank as the seventh-best single-season total in MSU history.

He recorded his fourth 100-yard receiving game of the season, with a career-best 13 receptions for 148 yards and a TD in Michigan State's 52-27 Homecoming victory over Indiana. His 13 receptions tied the second-best single-game total in Spartan history (Plaxico Burress, 13 vs. Florida in 2000 Florida Citrus Bowl). Thomas scored on a 34-yard grab from Brian Hoyer early in the third quarter as MSU extended its lead to 31-13. He returned three kickoffs for 92 yards (30.7 avg.), including a 42-yard runback in the first quarter that set up Javon Ringer's first TD run. Thomas produced 254 all-purpose yards against the Hoosiers. It marked the fourth time this season that Thomas has amassed more than 200 all-purpose yards.

Thomas accounted for a career-best 266 all-purpose yards in MSU's 48-41 overtime loss to Northwestern. He returned three kickoffs for 143 yards - the ninth-best single-game total in MSU history. His career-long 70-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter set up a Spartan TD that tied the score at 41. Thomas also had five catches for 61 yards and six rushes for 52 yards.

He caught four passes for 111 yards at ninth-ranked Wisconsin. Midway through the second quarter, Thomas turned a screen pass from Brian Hoyer into an 80-yard scoring play as the Spartans tied the game at 21. He accounted for 230 all-purpose yards against the Badgers, rushing five times for 61 yards and returning three kickoffs for 58 yards.

Thomas accounted for 153 all-purpose yards in Michigan State's 31-14 victory at Notre Dame. He had a game-high four catches for 55 yards, including a 7-yard TD grab from Hoyer that tied the score at 7 midway through the first quarter. His 25-yard reception on a third-and-7 play kept the Spartans' first scoring drive alive. Thomas returned the second-half kickoff 52 yards to the Notre Dame 45 to help set up MSU's third touchdown.

Thomas had four receptions for a career-best 156 yards and a touchdown in MSU's 28-17 victory over Bowling Green. It marked his second-straight 100-yard receiving game. His 76-yard reception from Hoyer in the first quarter set up MSU's first touchdown. His 42-yard catch in the third quarter set up Jehuu Caulcrick's 5-yard TD run, which gave MSU the lead for good at 21-14. Thomas scored on a 17-yard TD grab from Hoyer early in the four quarter. Thomas accounted for 261 all-purpose yards against Bowling Green. In addition to his 156 receiving yards, he returned three kickoffs for 100 yards, including a 39-yard runback, and rushed twice for 5 yards.

Thomas posted the first 100-yard receiving game of his career against UAB, with a career-best five catches for 106 yards including a 44-yard touchdown grab from Hoyer early in the second quarter. Four of his five receptions resulted in either a first down or a TD against the Blazers.

The Ann Arbor, Mich., native appeared in the first 10 games of the 2006 season and finished with just six receptions for 90 yards and one score.

Kellen Davis MAKES HIS PRESENCE KNOWN ON BOTH SIDES OF THE FOOTBALL -
Senior multi-purpose end Kellen Davis has showcased his athleticism and versatility during the 2007 season. A tight end by trade, Davis ranks tied for third on the team in receptions with 13 for 213 yards (16.4 avg.) and three scores. In addition, he has recorded four tackles, including two sacks (12 yards), while seeing limited action at defensive end through the first six games.

His 25-yard reception from Brian Hoyer set up Michigan State's final touchdown in its 52-27 Homecoming victory over Indiana. Davis also picked up 24 yards on a tight-end around in the third quarter against the Hoosiers.

He had two receptions for 33 yards against Notre Dame, with both catches resulting in TDs. His 3-yard TD grab from Hoyer late in the first quarter gave MSU the lead for good at 14-7. Late in the third quarter, Davis iced the game by scoring on a 30-yard strike from Hoyer on a fourth-and-2 play. He played a season-high 92 snaps against the Irish, including 74 on offense, 11 on defense and seven on special teams.

Davis caught two passes for 38 yards in MSU's 17-13 victory over Pittsburgh, including a career-long 32-yard reception from Hoyer that set up Jehuu Caulcrick's 2-yard touchdown run.

He had three catches for 23 yards in MSU's 28-17 victory over Bowling Green, including a 7-yard TD grab from Hoyer in the second quarter that tied the game at 14. Davis sacked Tyler Sheehan for a 5-yard loss in the third quarter and was credited with two quarterback hurries.

In the 2007 season opener against UAB, Davis caught two passes for 44 yards, including a 25-yard grab from Hoyer that set up MSU's second TD. He produced two tackles against the Blazers, including a 7-yard sack in the fourth quarter. Davis played a total of 57 downs against UAB, including 41 on offense, seven on defense and nine on special teams.

The 6-foot-6, 246-pound Davis became the first Spartan to pull triple duty since linebacker Mark Goebel was forced to expand his role against Iowa on Sept. 27, 2003. Goebel was thrust into the defensive lineup after starting linebacker Ronald Stanley suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter. He played a total of 76 snaps against the Hawkeyes, including 47 on defense. Goebel also played six downs on offense as the fullback in MSU's "Thunder" package and 23 snaps on special teams.

Kellen Davis: 2007 Participation Breakdown By Plays

Opponent          Offense     Defense     Special Teams    Total Plays
UAB               41          7           9                57
Bowling Green     67          9           5                81
Pittsburgh        71          13          4                88
Notre Dame        74          11          7                92
Wisconsin         67          8           7                82
Northwestern      60          9           6                75
Indiana           66          0           8                74

HOYER OFF TO AN IMPRESSIVE START -
Junior quarterback Brian Hoyer ranks among the Big Ten leaders in passing efficiency (third with his 143.2 rating) and passing yards (seventh at 210.9 ypg.). Hoyer has completed 115-of-188 throws (.612) for 1,476 yards, 11 touchdowns and three interceptions. Nineteen of his completions have resulted in gains of 20 yards or more.

The 6-foot-2, 212-pound Hoyer completed 20-of-23 passes (.870) for 190 yards in Michigan State's 52-27 Homecoming victory over Indiana, including a 34-yard TD strike to Devin Thomas early in the third quarter.

He connected on 17-of-31 passes for 194 yards against Northwestern, including a 19-yard TD toss to tight end Eric Andino that tied the game at 41 in the fourth quarter.

Hoyer completed 22-of-36 throws for 323 yards and two TDs in MSU's 37-34 loss at ninth-ranked Wisconsin. It marked Hoyer's second career 300-yard passing game. His career-long 80-yard TD strike to Thomas tied the score at 21 midway through the second quarter. Hoyer's 3-yard TD toss to Mark Dell on a third-and-goal play early in the third quarter pulled the Spartans within three at 34-31.

He completed 11-of-24 passes for 135 yards and a career-best four TDs to lead Michigan State to a 31-14 victory over Notre Dame, as the Spartans became the first team to win six-straight games in Notre Dame Stadium. He threw TD passes of 7 yards to Thomas, 3 and 30 yards to Kellen Davis and 16 yards to Dell. Hoyer became the first Spartan QB to throw four TD passes in a game since Drew Stanton had five scoring tosses at Illinois in 2005.

He hit 17-of-29 passes for 250 yards in MSU's 28-17 victory over Bowling Green, including TD tosses of 7 yards to Davis in the second quarter and 17 yards to Thomas in the fourth quarter. His 76-yard bomb to Thomas set up Javon Ringer's 4-yard TD run late in the first quarter.

The North Olmsted, Ohio, native connected on 14-of-17 throws (.824) for 201 yards in MSU's 55-18 victory over UAB in the 2007 season opener, including a 44-yard touchdown strike to Thomas in the second quarter.

The Spartans scored touchdowns on their first six possessions against UAB, with five of those scoring drives directed by Hoyer. He completed his first 10 pass attempts for 172 yards against the Blazers.

Hoyer already ranks among MSU's career leaders in completion percentage (No. 7 at .597) and passing efficiency rating (No. 8 at 131.4).

SWENSON FEATURED ON LOU GROZA AWARD WATCH LIST -
Michigan State sophomore Brett Swenson is listed among 30 preseason candidates for the 2007 Lou Groza Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top collegiate placekicker by the Palm Beach County (Fla.) Sports Commission.

The 5-foot-8, 160-pound Swenson ranks second on the team in scoring with 54 points, hitting 7-of-12 field-goal attempts and 33-of-34 PATS.

He made 2-of-3 field-goal attempts at No. 9 Wisconsin, connecting from 19 and 35 yards and his game-tying 53-yard attempt with 3:23 remaining in the game had the distance but sailed wide left.

His 23-yard field goal with 2:54 left in the game against Pittsburgh gave MSU a four-point cushion, 17-13.

Swenson accounted for a career-best 13 points in the season opener against UAB, hitting 2-of-2 field-goal attempts and all seven extra-point tries. On the final play of the first half, he converted a 45-yard field-goal attempt as the Spartans built a 45-3 halftime lead. Swenson capped off a 14-play, 60-yard drive with a 38-yard field goal late in the third quarter as MSU extended its lead to 48-5.

In 2006, he earned first-team Freshman All-America honors from Scripps/Football Writers Association of America, The Sporting News, CollegeFootballNews.com and Rivals.com. Swenson led the team in scoring with 78 points, converting 15-of-19 field-goal attempts and all 33 extra-point tries. His 15 made field goals represent the ninth-best single-season total in Spartan history (tied with Morten Andersen, 1981). An honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and media, Swenson ranked among the conference leaders in field goals (tied for third with 1.25 made per game), field-goal percentage (tied for third at .789), kick scoring (fourth at 6.5 points per game) and overall scoring (sixth).

The award is named in honor of former National Football League great Lou Groza, who earned the nickname "The Toe." Groza, who scored 1,608 points in 21 years with the Cleveland Browns (1946-59, 1961-67), was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1974. The former Ohio State Buckeye made nine Pro Bowl appearances as a standout offensive tackle and placekicker.

A national panel of 300-plus voters, including college head coaches, sports writers, sportscasters, conference representatives, professional kickers and previous Lou Groza Award finalists, selects the recipient.

The selection committee will identify 20 semifinalists on Nov. 6, while three finalists will be named on Nov. 20. The winner will be announced during the ESPN College Football Awards Show on Dec. 6 in Orlando, Fla.

BIG TEN/NCAA STAT LEADERS -
Here's a glance at how Michigan State ranks among the Big Ten and NCAA stat leaders in 2007:

Category Stat Avg. Big Ten NCAA Rushing Offense 242.7 2nd 9th Passing Offense 224.3 6th 63rd Total Offense 467.0 1st 15th Scoring Offense 36.9 1st 18th Rushing Defense 101.4 3rd 24th Passing Defense 231.1 7th 68th Total Defense 332.6 4th 36th Scoring Defense 24.9 7th 54th Passing Efficiency 143.5 2nd 20th Pass Efficiency Defense 132.7 9th 84th Turnover Margin +0.71 t-3rd t-31st Net Punting 31.9 10th 105th Punt Returns 5.8 11th 103rd Kickoff Returns 29.1 1st 2nd Sacks 4.1 t-2nd t-2nd Tackles for Loss 9.4 1st 3rd

NCAA STAT LEADERS -
Here's a glance at how Michigan State ranks among the NCAA individual stat leaders in 2007:

Individual Statistics (Top 50)
Rushing: Javon Ringer (7th at 133.1 rushing yards per game)
Passing Efficiency: Brian Hoyer (25th with 143.2 rating)
Receiving Yards: Devin Thomas (15th at 98.6 receiving yards per game)
Kickoff Returns: Devin Thomas (7th at 31.4 yards per return)
Scoring: Jehuu Caulcrick (4th at 11.1 points per game)
All-Purpose Yards: Devin Thomas (2nd at 212.4 all-purpose yards per game); Javon Ringer (20th at 164.0 all-purpose ypg.)
Sacks: Jonal Saint-Dic (t-5th at 1.14 sacks per game)
Tackles For Loss: Jonal Saint-Dic (t-11th at 1.57 tackles for loss per game); Ervin Baldwin (t-14th at 1.5 TFL per game)

MAGIC NUMBER 24 -
Since 1990, Michigan State is 90-24-1 (.787) when it scores at least 24 points and 14-76-1 (.159) when it scores fewer than 24 points. During that 18-year period, the Spartans have compiled an overall record of 104-100-2 (.510).

SPARTAN TRENDS UNDER DANTONIO -
Here's how Michigan State has fared during head coach Mark Dantonio's first season (2007: 7 games):

Games played in Spartan Stadium: 4-1
Games played on the road/neutral site: 1-1

When leading at halftime: 4-0
When trailing at halftime: 0-2
When tied at halftime: 1-0

When scoring first: 4-0
When opponent scores first: 1-2

When leading after first quarter: 4-1
When trailing after first quarter: 0-1
When tied after first quarter: 1-0

When leading after three quarters: 5-0
When trailing after three quarters: 0-1
When tied after three quarters: 0-1

Overtime games: 0-1

When gaining more first downs than opponent: 4-0
When gaining fewer first downs than opponent: 0-2
When gaining same number of first downs as opponent: 1-0

When gaining 200+ yards rushing: 3-2
When opponent gains 200+ yards rushing: 1-1

When outrushing opponent: 4-2
When being outrushed by opponent: 1-0

When gaining 200+ yards passing: 2-1
When opponent gains 200+ yards passing: 2-2

When gaining more total yards than opponent: 5-1
When gaining fewer total yards than opponent: 0-1

When leading in time of possession: 3-0
When trailing in time of possession: 2-2