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Ann Arbor native Devin Thomas leads the Big Ten in all-purpose yards (207.1 yards per game) while ranking second in receiving yards (100.7 ypg.), third in kickoff returns (29.7 avg.) and fifth in receptions (5.67 rpg.).
 
Ann Arbor native Devin Thomas leads the Big Ten in all-purpose yards (207.1 yards per game) while ranking second in receiving yards (100.7 ypg.), third in kickoff returns (29.7 avg.) and fifth in receptions (5.67 rpg.).
 
 

Oct. 30, 2007

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DATE: November 3, 2007
SITE: Spartan Stadium (75,005/natural grass), East Lansing, Mich.
KICKOFF: 3:30 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-Michigan game can be heard live on XM Satellite Radio (Channel 197). Television - ABC will televise the Michigan State-Michigan game live, with Brad Nessler handling the play-by-play, Bob Griese and Paul Maguire providing color commentary and Bonnie Bernstein serving as the sideline reporter.

FIRST-AND-10 (what you need to know about Saturday's MSU-Michigan matchup) -
• Saturday's game marks the 100th meeting between Michigan State and Michigan. The Wolverines lead the all-time series 66-28-5, including an 18-10-2 record in games played in East Lansing, Mich. Michigan has won five in a row and 12 of the last 16 meetings overall. Three of the last four games in the series have been decided by eight points or less, including back-to-back overtime games in 2004-05. MSU's last win in the series came on Nov. 3, 2001, 26-24, in Spartan Stadium.
• Since 1953, the winner of the Michigan State-Michigan game has been presented the Paul Bunyan Trophy. The four-foot wooden statue was donated by then-Governor G. Mennen Williams to mark Michigan State's acceptance into the Big Ten. Since '53, Michigan leads the series 33-19-2. The trophy depicts the legendary giant lumberjack astride an axe with feet planted on a map of the state with flags representing the schools.
• You don't have to look far to find the key stat in the Michigan State-Michigan series. The team with the most productive ground attack has won 35 of the last 37 games.
• Michigan State ranks second among opponents in all-time victories over Michigan. Only Ohio State (40) has posted more wins over the Wolverines than the Spartans (28).
• Michigan State ranks as one of three 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 (435.8 yards per game) while ranking second in rushing offense (213.1 ypg.), third in scoring offense (33.6 points per game) and fifth in passing offense (222.7 ypg.).
• Through nine games, Michigan State ranks second in the Big Ten and 18th in the NCAA in rushing offense, averaging 213.1 yards per game. That's an improvement of 83.9 yards per game over last season when the Spartans finished ninth in the league in rushing, averaging just 129.2 ypg. Javon Ringer and Jehuu Caulcrick have combined to rush for 1,637 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2007. The Spartans are the only Big Ten team to feature two players ranked among the league's Top 10 rushers: No. 3 Ringer (120.4 ypg.) and No. 10 Caulcrick (61.4 ypg.).
Javon Ringer ranks among the Big Ten (No. 3) and NCAA (No. 14) leaders in rushing, averaging 120.4 yards per game. In Big Ten games, Ringer leads the league in rushing, averaging 137.0 yards per game. He leads the Spartans in rushing, with 1,084 yards on 173 carries (6.3 avg.). With 103 yards on 23 carries at Iowa, Ringer became Michigan State's first 1,000-yard rusher since T.J. Duckett (1,420 yards) in 2001.
Devin Thomas leads the team in receptions (51), receiving yards (906), touchdown receptions (5) and yards per catch (17.8). He needs 94 receiving yards against Michigan to become just the fourth 1,000-yard receiver in Spartan history, joining Courtney Hawkins (1989), Plaxico Burress (1998-99) and Charles Rogers (2001-02).
Brian Hoyer ranks among the Big Ten leaders in passing efficiency (second with his 134.7 rating), passing yards (fifth at 212.2 ypg.) and total offense (sixth at 204.4 ypg.). Hoyer has completed 152-of-253 throws (.601) for 1,910 yards, 11 touchdowns and four interceptions. He needs 90 passing yards against Michigan to become the 10th Spartan quarterback to reach the 2,000-yard milestone in a season, joining Ed Smith (1978), Dave Yarema (1986), Dan Enos (1989), Jim Miller (1993), Tony Banks (1994-95), Todd Schultz (1997), Bill Burke (1998-99), Jeff Smoker (2001, 2003) and Drew Stanton (2005).
• Linebacker Greg Jones leads the team in tackles and ranks first among Big Ten freshmen with 60 stops (30 solos, 30 assists). Jones ranks third on the team in sacks (3.5 for 15 yards) and fourth in tackles for loss (7 for 22). He has appeared in all nine games, including four straight starts at SAM linebacker. As a starter, Jones is averaging 9.25 tackles per game.

THE COACHES -
Michigan State's Mark Dantonio (South Carolina 1979) is 5-4 (.556) in his first year with the Spartans and 23-21 (.523) 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).

Michigan's Lloyd Carr (Northern Michigan 1968) is 120-38 (.759) in his 13th year with the Wolverines. Carr has led Michigan to five Big Ten titles (1997, 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2004) and his 1997 team finished a perfect 12-0 and won a share of the national championship. Prior to being promoted to head coach, Carr spent 15 years on the Michigan coaching staff (1980-94), serving as an assistant under Bo Schembechler and Gary Moeller. His coaching credits also include stops at Eastern Michigan (1976-77) and Illinois (1978-79).

TEAM COMPARISONS -

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

AVERAGE HEIGHTS & WEIGHTS (STARTERS) -

                                    Michigan State    Michigan
Offensive Line & Tight End          6-6, 299          6-5, 293
Offensive Backs & Wide Receivers    6-1, 211          6-1, 202
Defensive Line                      6-3, 268          6-3, 284
Linebackers                         6-0, 231          6-2, 237
Defensive Backs                     6-0, 194          6-1, 194

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

STAT LEADERS -
Michigan State (after nine games):

Rushing - Javon Ringer (173 carries for 1,084 yards, 6.3 avg., 6 TDs)
Passing - Brian Hoyer (152 of 253 for 1,910 yards, 11 TDs, 4 INTs)
Receiving - Devin Thomas (51 catches for 906 yards, 17.8 avg., 5 TDs)
Tackles - Greg Jones (60 tackles, 30 solos, 30 assists, 7 TFL, 3.5 sacks)

Michigan (after nine games):
Rushing - Mike Hart (200 carries for 1,078 yards, 5.4 avg., 12 TDs)
Passing - Chad Henne (105 of 167 for 1,258 yards, 10 TDs, 5 INTs)
Receiving - Mario Manningham (51 catches for 820 yards, 16.1 avg., 7 TDs)
Tackles - Brandent Englemon (62 tackles, 42 solos, 20 assists, 2 INTs, 4 PBUs)

STAT COMPARISON -

                           Michigan State     Michigan
Scoring                    33.6               29.0
First Downs                20.9               23.1
Total Offense              435.8              417.8
Rushing Yards              213.1              203.4
Passing Yards              222.7              214.3
Time of Possession         31:11              31:38
Third Down Conversions     .416               .462
Points Allowed             25.8               18.7
Total Offense Allowed      337.0              317.4
Rushing Yards Allowed      129.9              128.6
Passing Yards Allowed      207.1              188.9

Since 1953, the winner of the Michigan State-Michigan game has been presented the Paul Bunyan Trophy.


MSU/MICHIGAN SERIES NOTES -
Saturday's game marks the 100th meeting between Michigan State and Michigan. The Wolverines lead the all-time series 66-28-5, including an 18-10-2 record in games played in East Lansing, Mich. Michigan has won five in a row and 12 of the last 16 meetings overall. Three of the last four games in the series have been decided by eight points or less, including back-to-back overtime games in 2004-05. MSU's last win in the series came on Nov. 3, 2001, 26-24, in Spartan Stadium. (Note: For a complete list of all-time series scores, please refer to page 147 in the 2007 MSU Football Media Guide.)

THE RIVALRY -
• This marks the 100th meeting between Michigan State and Michigan. The series celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1998 and it has gone uninterrupted for 62 years since World War II (1945).
• This game marks the 60th-consecutive sellout in the Michigan State-Michigan series, dating from 1948.
• The home team has won 12 of the last 15 meetings between Michigan State and Michigan. The Wolverines have posted wins in their last two trips to Spartan Stadium (2003 and 2005).

BATTLE FOR THE PAUL BUNYAN TROPHY -
Since 1953, the winner of the Michigan State-Michigan game has been presented the Paul Bunyan Trophy. The four-foot wooden statue was donated by then-Governor G. Mennen Williams to mark Michigan State's acceptance into the Big Ten. Since '53, Michigan leads the series 33-19-2. The trophy depicts the legendary giant lumberjack astride an axe with feet planted on a map of the state with flags representing the schools.

THE LAST MEETING -
Oct. 7, 2006, in Ann Arbor, Mich.: Chad Henne threw three touchdown passes - two to Mario Manningham - in No. 6 Michigan's 31-13 victory over Michigan State on Saturday, the fifth straight win by the Wolverines in the century-old series. Big Ten rushing leader Mike Hart ran for 122 yards despite sitting out the fourth quarter as the Wolverines retained the Paul Bunyan Trophy, a four-foot wooden statue of the legendary giant lumberjack. The Michigan rush defense, which entered the game tops in the nation, allowed only 60 yards, while the Wolverines managed 211 on the ground. Michigan State was without leading rusher Javon Ringer, who sat out with a knee injury. Michigan had not allowed a rushing touchdown all season - a total of 344 offensive plays - until 260-pound Jehuu Caulcrick barreled into the end zone from the 1-yard line near the end of the third quarter. That score made it 24-7, but Michigan answered three minutes later on freshman Brandon Minor's first touchdown - a 40-yard run - that put the Wolverines up 31-7. The Wolverines led 24-0 following its first possession of the second half on a 27-yard TD pass from Henne to Manningham. MSU cornerback Demond Williams tipped the pass into the end zone, where it dropped into Manningham's waiting arms. Henne also directed scoring drives on three of the first four first-half possessions, including TD tosses of 41 yards to Manningham in the second quarter and 13 yards to Adrian Arrington in the first quarter. Garrett Rivas' 24-yard field goal gave Michigan a 17-0 halftime advantage. Henne finished 11-of-17 for 140 yards and no interceptions. MSU's Drew Stanton, despite playing with bruised ribs, was 20-of-35 for 252 yards and two interceptions. He scored on an 2-yard quarterback draw that made it 31-14 with seven minutes remaining in the game.

THE LAST MEETING IN SPARTAN STADIUM -
Oct. 1, 2005, in East Lansing, Mich.: Garrett Rivas kicked a 35-yard field goal on the final play of overtime to give Michigan a 34-31 victory over No. 11 Michigan State in Spartan Stadium. It marked Michigan's fourth-straight win over the Spartans. Michigan scored touchdowns on three of its first four possessions to build a 21-7 lead. Chad Henne capped a 10-play, 98-yard drive with a 2-yard scoring toss to Jason Avant with 8:23 left in the first quarter. On Michigan's next possession, Henne fired a 43-yard TD strike to Mario Manningham to give the Wolverines a 14-0 lead with 7:03 remaining in the first quarter. Michigan State answered on its next series as Drew Stanton finished off a 10-play, 80-yard drive with a 4-yard TD run as the Spartans pulled to within 14-7 with 2:44 to play in the opening quarter. The Wolverines put together an 11-play, 87-yard drive and increased their lead to 21-7 on Henne's 5-yard TD pass to Brian Thompson with 11:20 left in the second quarter. Michigan State answered on its next series as Jehuu Caulcrick capped a 12-play, 78-yard drive with a 1-yard TD plunge as the Spartans cut their deficit to 21-14 with 5:53 remaining in the first half. Michigan State pulled even at 21 on its next series as Kerry Reed turned a screen pass from Stanton into a 61-yard scoring play with 3:30 left in the second quarter. Michigan took a 24-21 lead to the locker room as a 13-play, 69-yard drive resulted in a 20-yard field goal by Rivas with 9 seconds to play in the first half. Michigan turned the ball over on its first possession of the second half as SirDarean Adams intercepted Henne's pass attempt and returned it 14 yards to the Wolverine 14. The drive stalled at the U-M 9, but John Goss came on and converted a 26-yard field goal as the Spartans rallied to tie the score at 24 with 11:11 remaining in the third quarter. Mike Hart's 64-yard run to the Spartan 16 set up Michigan's fourth TD. Four plays later, Hart scored on a 1-yard run to give the Wolverines a 31-24 advantage with 11:29 left in the fourth quarter. Michigan appeared headed for another score, marching 28 yards to the MSU 25, but Clifton Ryan sacked Henne and forced a fumble that Domata Peko returned 74 yards for a TD as the Spartans managed to tie the game at 31 with 6:43 to play in regulation. In the closing minutes, Michigan put together a 14-play, 50-yard drive to the MSU 10; however, Rivas missed a potential game-winning 27-yard field-goal attempt. Michigan State failed to score on its first overtime possession as a 37-yard field-goal attempt by Goss sailed wide right.

MILLER NAMED HONORARY CAPTAIN -
Former Michigan State quarterback Jim Miller, now in his second year as the color analyst on the Spartan Radio Network, has been selected as an honorary captain for Saturday's game against Michigan.

Prior to signing a National Letter of Intent to attend Michigan State in February 1989, Miller earned All-America and all-state honors at Kettering High School in Waterford, Mich. A three-year starter for Coach George Perles from 1991-93, he still ranks among MSU's all-time leaders in pass attempts (fifth at 746), pass completions (second at 467), completion percentage (second at .629) and passing yards (fifth at 5,037). As a senior, Miller shared team MVP honors after completing 215-of-336 passes (.640) for 2,269 yards and nine touchdowns. A three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection from 1990-92, he earned his bachelor's degree in supply chain management from Michigan State in 2002.

A sixth-round selection by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1994 National Football League Draft, Miller threw for 6,387 yards and 36 TDs during his nine-year pro career (Pittsburgh, 1995-96; Atlanta, 1997; Chicago, 1998-2002; New England, 2004). He earned 27 career starts at quarterback, compiling a 15-11 record as a starter in Chicago. In five seasons with the Bears, Miller recorded three 300-yard passing games. In his first career start against Minnesota on Nov. 14, 1999, he completed 34-of-48 throws for 422 yards and three scores. His 422 passing yards represent the fourth-highest single-game total in Chicago history. In 2001, Miller led the Bears' charge to the playoffs, posting an 11-2 record as a starter during the regular season while establishing career highs in pass attempts (395), pass completions (228), passing yards (2,299) and TDs (13). In 2002, he threw for 1,944 yards while matching his career best with 13 TD tosses.

Miller owns JMK Custom Homes in Clarkston, Mich.

GROUND GAME KEY FACTOR IN THIS SERIES -
You don't have to look far to find the key stat in the Michigan State-Michigan series. The team with the most productive ground attack has won 35 of the last 37 games. The only exceptions to that trend came in 2004 when Chad Henne passed for 273 yards and four touchdowns as Michigan rallied from a 27-10 fourth-quarter deficit for a 45-37 triple-overtime win; and on Nov. 4, 1995, when Tony Banks threw for 318 yards, including a 25-yard scoring strike to Nigea Carter with 1:24 left in the fourth quarter that gave the Spartans a 28-25 victory over the seventh-ranked Wolverines.

SPARTANS RANK SECOND IN ALL-TIME VICTORIES vs. MICHIGAN -
Michigan State ranks second among opponents in all-time victories over Michigan. Only Ohio State (40) has posted more wins over the Wolverines than the Spartans (28).

All-Time Wins vs. Michigan

Opponent               Games Played       Wins vs. U-M
Ohio State             103                40
Michigan State         99                 28
Minnesota              96                 24
Illinois               89                 21

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 14 WINS OVER RANKED U-M TEAMS - Michigan State has compiled a 14-28-1 record (.337) against ranked Michigan teams, according to Associated Press Polls since 1946. Six of those 14 victories have come in East Lansing, Mich. The Spartans have recorded 10 wins over U-M teams ranked in the AP Top 10.

Here's a look at MSU's 43 games played against ranked Michigan teams:


Year U-M Rank MSU Result Site 2006 No. 6 L, 13-31 Ann Arbor 2004 No. 12 L, 37-45 (3OT) Ann Arbor 2003 No. 11 L, 20-27 Spartan Stadium 2002 No. 15 L, 3-49 Ann Arbor 2001 No. 6 W, 26-24 Spartan Stadium 2000 No. 16 L, 0-14 Ann Arbor 1999 No. 3 W, 34-31 Spartan Stadium 1997 No. 5 L, 7-23 Spartan Stadium 1996 No. 9 L, 29-45 Ann Arbor 1995 No. 7 W, 28-25 Spartan Stadium 1994 No. 7 L, 20-40 Ann Arbor 1993 No. 9 W, 17-7 Spartan Stadium 1992 No. 3 L, 10-35 Ann Arbor 1991 No. 5 L, 28-45 Spartan Stadium 1990 No. 1 W, 28-27 Ann Arbor 1989 No. 5 L, 7-10 Spartan Stadium 1988 No. 17 L, 3-17 Ann Arbor 1987 No. 12 W, 17-11 Spartan Stadium 1986 No. 4 L, 6-27 Ann Arbor 1985 No. 3 L, 0-31 Spartan Stadium 1984 No. 13 W, 19-7 Ann Arbor 1983 No. 14 L, 0-42 Spartan Stadium 1981 No. 6 L, 20-38 Spartan Stadium 1979 No. 11 L, 7-21 Spartan Stadium 1978 No. 5 W, 24-15 Ann Arbor 1977 No. 3 L, 14-24 Spartan Stadium 1976 No. 1 L, 10-42 Ann Arbor 1975 No. 8 L, 6-16 Spartan Stadium 1974 No. 4 L, 7-21 Ann Arbor 1973 No. 5 L, 0-31 Spartan Stadium 1972 No. 5 L, 0-10 Ann Arbor 1971 No. 2 L, 13-24 Spartan Stadium 1970 No. 6 L, 20-34 Ann Arbor 1969 No. 13 W, 23-12 Spartan Stadium 1964 No. 7 L, 10-17 Spartan Stadium 1961 No. 6 W, 28-0 Ann Arbor 1958 No. 16 T, 12-12 Spartan Stadium 1957 No. 6 W, 35-6 Ann Arbor 1956 No. 5 W, 9-0 Ann Arbor 1955 No. 2 L, 7-14 Ann Arbor 1951 No. 17 W, 25-0 Ann Arbor 1950 No. 3 W, 14-7 Ann Arbor 1946 No. 11 L, 7-55 Ann Arbor

SPARTANS FEATURE BALANCED OFFENSIVE ATTACK -
Michigan State ranks as one of three 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 (435.8 yards per game) while ranking second in rushing offense (213.1 ypg.), third in scoring offense (33.6 points per game) and fifth in passing offense (222.7 ypg.).

TAKE A RIDE ON THE SPARTAN EXPRESS -
Through nine games, Michigan State ranks second in the Big Ten and 18th in the NCAA in rushing offense, averaging 213.1 yards per game. That's an improvement of 83.9 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 13th-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 1,637 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2007. The Spartans are the only Big Ten team to feature two players ranked among the league's Top 10 rushers: No. 3 Ringer (120.4 ypg.) and No. 10 Caulcrick (61.4 ypg.).

RINGER PACES EXPLOSIVE GROUND GAME -
Junior Javon Ringer, who ranks among the Big Ten leaders in rushing (No. 3 at 120.4 yards per game) and all-purpose yards (No. 4 at 149.7 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. 14 in rushing and No. 29 in all-purpose yards.

The 5-foot-9, 200-pound Ringer leads the Spartans in rushing, with 1,084 yards on 173 carries (6.3 avg.).

In Big Ten games, Ringer leads the league in rushing, averaging 137.0 yards per game. He is averaging an impressive 7.4 yards per carry (92 rushes for 685 yards) in Big Ten games.

Ringer also ranks second on the team in receptions (28 for 263 yards) and all-purpose yards (1,347). Fourteen of his 201 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 nine games in 2007.

With 103 yards on 23 carries at Iowa, Ringer became Michigan State's first 1,000-yard rusher since T.J. Duckett (1,420 yards) in 2001. It marked his fifth 100-yard rushing game of the season and the 10th of his career. His 18-yard scamper on the first overtime series set up Jehuu Caulcrick's 3-yard TD run.

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. It marked his fourth 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. 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 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 ranks ninth on MSU's all-time rushing list with 2,398 career yards (381 carries). Ringer is attempting to become the first running back to lead the Spartans in rushing for three-straight seasons since Sedrick Irvin (1996-98). He led the team in rushing as a true freshman in 2005 (817 yards) and as a sophomore in 2006 (497). His 6.29 yards per carry ranks as the third-highest rushing average in school history and the fourth-best figure among the NCAA's Bowl Subdivision active career leaders.

THOMAS SHOWCASES HIS ALL-PURPOSE SKILLS -
Junior flanker Devin Thomas leads the Big Ten in all-purpose yards (207.1 yards per game) while ranking second in receiving yards (100.7 ypg.), third in kickoff returns (29.7 avg.) and fifth in receptions (5.67 rpg.). In addition, Thomas is listed among the NCAA leaders in all four of those categories: No. 2 in all-purpose yards, No. 9 (tied) in receiving yards, No. 14 in kickoff returns and No. 48 in receptions.

The 6-foot-2, 218-pound Thomas leads the team in receptions (51), receiving yards (906), touchdown receptions (5) and yards per catch (17.8). He needs 94 receiving yards against Michigan to become just the fourth 1,000-yard receiver in Spartan history, joining Courtney Hawkins (1989), Plaxico Burress (1998-99) and Charles Rogers (2001-02).

Thirty-five of his 51 receptions (69 percent) have resulted in either a TD or a first down, including 14 gains of 20 yards or more.

As a kick returner, Thomas has been named Midseason All-American (third team) by Phil Steele. His 772 kickoff return yards already rank as the fourth-best single-season total in MSU history. His 29.7-yard kickoff return average ranks as the second-best figure among the NCAA's Bowl Subdivision active career leaders.

He recorded his fifth 100-yard receiving game of the season, with nine catches for 139 yards in a 34-27 double-overtime loss at Iowa. His 40-yard reception from Brian Hoyer on a third-and-16 play in the final minute of regulation set up Brett Swenson's 29-yard field goal that sent the game into overtime tied at 20. Thomas accounted for 230 all-purpose yards against the Hawkeyes (2 rushes for 6 yards and 3 kickoff returns for 85 yards). It marked the fifth time this season that Thomas has amassed more than 200 all-purpose yards.

Against top-ranked Ohio State, Thomas caught four passes for 77 yards, including a 40-yard reception from Hoyer late in the fourth quarter that led to a field goal.

Thomas had a career-best 13 receptions for 148 yards and a TD in MSU'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 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.

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 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.

Jehuu Caulcrick leads the Big Ten and ranks seventh in the NCAA in scoring, averaging 10.67 points per game.


CAULCRICK BULLS HIS WAY INTO THE MSU RECORD BOOK -
Fifth-year senior Jehuu Caulcrick leads the Big Ten and ranks seventh in the NCAA in scoring, averaging 10.67 points per game. Caulcrick also ranks 10th in the league in rushing, averaging 61.4 yards per game. He leads the Spartans with 16 rushing touchdowns and ranks second in rushing with 553 yards, averaging 4.0 yards per carry. Caulcrick has scored at least one rushing TD in seven of the first nine games. Thirty-nine of his 139 carries this season have resulted in either a touchdown or a first down.

With three TD runs at Iowa, the 6-foot, 255-pound Caulcrick moved into third place (tied with Blake Ezor, 1986-89) on MSU's all-time list with 34 career rushing TDs. It marked the eighth multi-TD game of his career. He scored on a pair of 1-yard runs in the first half and a 3-yard run in the first overtime against the Hawkeyes.

With 94 yards on a career-high 23 carries against Indiana, Caulcrick became just the 14th player in Spartan history to surpass the 2,000-yard career milestone. He also scored three times against the Hoosiers (on runs of 1, 2 and 3 yards).

Caulcrick gained 73 yards on 17 carries at No. 9 Wisconsin, scoring on a pair of 2-yard runs in the second quarter. He rushed 20 times for 83 yards in MSU's 31-14 victory at Notre Dame and 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 2,076 career yards and ranks among the NCAA's Bowl Subdivision (formerly known as NCAA I-A) active career leaders in rushing TDs (tied for No. 9).

HOYER OFF TO AN IMPRESSIVE START -
Junior quarterback Brian Hoyer ranks among the Big Ten leaders in passing efficiency (second with his 134.7 rating), passing yards (fifth at 212.2 ypg.) and total offense (sixth at 204.4 ypg.). Hoyer has completed 152-of-253 throws (.601) for 1,910 yards, 11 touchdowns and four interceptions. He needs 90 passing yards against Michigan to become the 10th Spartan quarterback to reach the 2,000-yard milestone in a season, joining Ed Smith (1978), Dave Yarema (1986), Dan Enos (1989), Jim Miller (1993), Tony Banks (1994-95), Todd Schultz (1997), Bill Burke (1998-99), Jeff Smoker (2001, 2003) and Drew Stanton (2005).

Twenty-five of his completions have resulted in gains of 20 yards or more.

The 6-foot-2, 212-pound Hoyer recorded his third career 300-yard passing game and his second of the season, completing 25-of-42 throws for 308 yards at Iowa. His 25 completions and 42 attempts represent season highs. Hoyer's 40-yard bomb to Devin Thomas on a third-and-16 play in the final minute of regulation set up Brett Swenson's 29-yard field goal that sent the game into overtime tied at 20.

He completed 20-of-23 passes (.870) for 190 yards in MSU's 52-27 Homecoming victory over Indiana, including a 34-yard TD strike to Thomas early in the third quarter.

Hoyer 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.

He completed 22-of-36 throws for 323 yards and two TDs in MSU's 37-34 loss at ninth-ranked Wisconsin. 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.

Hoyer 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. 8 at .593) and passing efficiency rating (tied for No. 9 at 128.1).

SAINT-DIC NAMED MIDSEASON ALL-AMERICAN -
Fifth-year senior defensive end Jonal Saint-Dic ranks third in the Big Ten and sixth (tied) in the NCAA in sacks (9 for 72 yards), averaging 1.0 per game. His nine sacks rank ninth (tied with Courtney Ledyard and Larry Bethea) on Michigan State's single-season chart.

Saint-Dic also ranks among the conference (fourth) and national (tied for No. 23) leaders in tackles for loss (12 for 77 yards), averaging 1.33 per game. In addition, he leads the NCAA in forced fumbles (8), averaging 1.0 per game.

Saint-Dic, a Midseason All-America selection by CollegeFootballNews.com (first team), 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.

Through nine games, the 6-foot-1, 255-pound Saint-Dic leads the Spartan defense in production points with 152. Twelve of his 36 total tackles have resulted in losses.

Saint-Dic set the Big Ten single-season record with his eighth forced fumble against top-ranked Ohio State, breaking the mark previously held by Penn State's Michael Haynes (7 in 13 games in 2002). The fumble came on a 7-yard sack in the third quarter that SirDarean Adams picked up and returned 25 yards for a score as the Spartans pulled within 24-14. His eight forced fumbles rank as the second-best single-season total in NCAA Bowl Subdivision history, trailing only Louisville's Elvis Dumervil (10 caused fumbles in 2005).

In MSU's 52-27 victory over Indiana, Saint-Dic forced a fumble while recording a 9-yard sack in the third quarter that Ervin Baldwin scooped up and returned 12 yards for a touchdown.

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.

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).

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." He has recorded 12 career sacks (113 yards) and his 10 career forced fumbles rank as the seventh-best total in NCAA Bowl Subdivision history.

BALDWIN ENJOYS BANNER SENIOR SEASON -
Michigan State's senior bookends (defensive ends) Jonal Saint-Dic and Ervin Baldwin have combined for 23.5 tackles for loss (132 yards), including 14.5 sacks (115).

Baldwin ranks fifth (tied) in the Big Ten in tackles for loss (1.28 per game) and ninth (tied) in sacks (0.61 pg.). He ranks second on the team in tackles for loss (11.5 for 55 yards), sacks (5.5 for 43 yards) and production points (136), trailing only Saint-Dic. Baldwin registered at least one tackle for loss in six straight games (Bowling Green, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Northwestern and Indiana).

The 6-foot-2, 270-pound Baldwin recorded a career-high six tackles against Indiana, including a career-best two sacks (12 yards). He also returned a fumble - forced by Saint-Dic - 12 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. Baldwin compiled 32 production points against the Hoosiers, including two quarterback hurries and two QB hits.

He matched his career-best with six tackles at No. 9 Wisconsin, with two resulting in losses (12 yards) including a 9-yard sack. Baldwin produced five stops each against Bowling Green (including career-best 2.5 tackles for loss), Notre Dame and Iowa.

Greg Jones has recorded double-figure tackles in back-to-back games against top-ranked Ohio State (season-high 14 stops) and Iowa (11).


FROSH LINEBACKER MAKES HIS PRESENCE KNOWN -
Linebacker Greg Jones leads the team in tackles and ranks first among Big Ten freshmen with 60 stops (30 solos, 30 assists). The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Jones ranks third on the team in sacks (3.5 for 15 yards) and fourth in tackles for loss (7 for 22). The Cincinnati, Ohio, native has appeared in all nine games, including four straight starts at SAM linebacker. As a starter, Jones is averaging 9.25 tackles per game.

Jones has recorded double-figure tackles in back-to-back games against top-ranked Ohio State (season-high 14 stops) and Iowa (11). He also compiled a season-best 33 production points against the Buckeyes, including 1.5 tackles for loss (7 yards) and two hits on the quarterback.

He made eight stops (3-5) against Northwestern in his first career start, including 1.5 for losses (2). Jones produced five tackles (2-3) against Pittsburgh, including two behind the line of scrimmage (6 yards). He posted six tackles, including five solo hits, against Bowling Green. In his collegiate debut against UAB, Jones registered seven stops (5-2), including a 6-yard sack.

Jones leads the Spartan special teams in tackles with 10 - all coming on kickoff coverage.

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 68 points, hitting 10-of-16 field-goal attempts and 38-of-39 PATS.

He connected on 2-of-3 field-goal attempts at Iowa, including a 46-yarder in the second quarter that matched his career long. His 29-yard field goal with four seconds left in regulation sent the game into overtime tied at 20.

His 43-yard field goal with 3:42 left in the game pulled the Spartans to within a touchdown (17-24) at top-ranked Ohio State. Swenson 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.

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.

Swenson ranks among the NCAA's Bowl Subdivision active career leaders in field goals made (No. 11 at 1.2 per game) and attempted (No. 12 at 1.7 pg.).

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 213.1 2nd 18th Passing Offense 222.7 5th 66th Total Offense 435.8 1st 26th Scoring Offense 33.6 3rd 30th Rushing Defense 129.9 6th 38th Passing Defense 207.1 5th 39th Total Defense 337.0 6th 36th Scoring Defense 25.8 8th 57th Passing Efficiency 133.8 3rd 33rd Pass Efficiency Defense 132.0 9th 80th Turnover Margin +0.56 4th 36th Net Punting 32.3 11th 102nd Punt Returns 5.4 11th 108th Kickoff Returns 27.7 1st 2nd Sacks 3.56 3rd 6th Tackles for Loss 8.56 2nd 7th

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 (14th at 120.4 rushing yards per game)
Passing Efficiency: Brian Hoyer (36th with 134.7 rating)
Receptions: Devin Thomas (48th at 5.67 receptions per game)
Receiving Yards: Devin Thomas (t-9th at 100.7 receiving yards per game)
Kickoff Returns: Devin Thomas (14th at 29.7 yards per return)
Scoring: Jehuu Caulcrick (7th at 10.67 points per game)
All-Purpose Yards: Devin Thomas (2nd at 207.1 all-purpose yards per game); Javon Ringer (29th at 149.7 all-purpose ypg.)
Sacks: Jonal Saint-Dic (t-6th at 1.0 sack per game)
Tackles For Loss: Jonal Saint-Dic (t-23rd at 1.33 tackles for loss per game); Ervin Baldwin (t-28th at 1.28 TFL per game)

TWO SPARTANS LISTED ON ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT BALLOT -
Two Michigan State players - sophomore fullback Andrew Hawken and senior linebacker Kaleb Thornhill - have been nominated for the Academic All-District IV Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

To be nominated for the Academic All-District Team, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) for his career. He also must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing.

District IV includes all schools from the states of Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.

Players named to the Academic All-District Team (released Nov. 8) will have their names appear on the national ballot for Academic All-America honors.

Spartan Academic All-District IV Candidates

Name                      Major (GPA)
Andrew Hawken             supply chain management (3.44)
Kaleb Thornhill           human resources (3.35)

TRUE FRESHMEN IMPACT SPARTAN DEPTH CHART -
No fewer than seven true freshmen are currently listed on Michigan State's (two-deep) depth chart, including two on offense, four on defense and one specialist. Here's a complete breakdown of true freshmen included on the (two-deep) depth chart:

Offense (2): WR Mark Dell and QB Nick Foles.

Defense (4): NT Antonio Jeremiah, LB Greg Jones, CB Chris L. Rucker and NT Oren Wilson.

Specialist (1): P Aaron Bates.

OPENING-DAY STARTING LINEUP FEATURED SEVEN FIRST-TIME STARTERS -
Michigan State's starting lineup for the 2007 season opener against UAB featured seven first-time starters, including two on the offensive side of the football, four on defense and one specialist.

First-time starters on offense included: wide receiver Mark Dell (6-2, 185, Fr.) and fullback Andrew Hawken (6-2, 240, So.). First-time starters on defense included: defensive end Brandon Long (6-4, 245, Jr.), linebackers Jon Misch (6-2, 200, R-Fr.) and Eric Gordon (6-0, 220, R-Fr.), and cornerback Ross Weaver (6-1, 202, R-So.). Aaron Bates (6-0, 190, Fr.) also made his debut as the starting punter.

MAGIC NUMBER 24 -
Since 1990, Michigan State is 90-25-1 (.780) when it scores at least 24 points and 14-77-1 (.158) when it scores fewer than 24 points. During that 18-year period, the Spartans have compiled an overall record of 104-102-2 (.505).

SPARTAN TRENDS UNDER DANTONIO -
Here's how Michigan State has fared during head coach Mark Dantonio's first season (2007: 9 games):

Games played in Spartan Stadium: 4-1
Games played on the road/neutral site: 1-3

When leading at halftime: 4-1
When trailing at halftime: 0-3
When tied at halftime: 1-0

When scoring first: 4-1
When opponent scores first: 1-3

When leading after first quarter: 4-2
When trailing after first quarter: 0-2
When tied after first quarter: 1-0

When leading after three quarters: 5-0
When trailing after three quarters: 0-2
When tied after three quarters: 0-2

Overtime games: 0-2

When gaining more first downs than opponent: 4-1
When gaining fewer first downs than opponent: 0-3
When gaining same number of first downs as opponent: 1-0

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

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

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

When gaining more total yards than opponent: 5-2
When gaining fewer total yards than opponent: 0-2

When leading in time of possession: 3-1
When trailing in time of possession: 2-3

 

 

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