Inside The Michigan State Game

    Go Hoosiers! Co-defensive coordinator Joe Palcic leads a Hoosier defense that ranks No. 1 in the nation with 29 sacks.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Co-defensive coordinator Joe Palcic leads a Hoosier defense that ranks No. 1 in the nation with 29 sacks.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Oct. 13, 2007

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - As the Indiana football team prepares for Saturday's game at Michigan State, takes a look inside the numbers. The Hoosiers (5-1, 2-1 Big Ten) and Spartans (4-2, 0-2) will kick off at 7 p.m. EDT Saturday at Spartan Stadium and the game will be televised by the Big Ten Network.

    Wayne Larrivee will handle play-by-play duties and he will be joined by analyst Chris Martin and sideline reporter Lisa Byington. The game can also be heard on the statewide IU Radio Network with Don Fischer (play-by-play), Pete Compise (analyst) and Joe Smith (pre-game, halftime and post-game) on the call.

    The Hoosiers and Spartans play for the Old Brass Spittoon, which has been awarded to the winner annually since 1950. IU brings the Spittoon to East Lansing after defeating MSU, 46-21, in Bloomington last season.

    The Michigan State Series
    Indiana and Michigan State play for the Old Brass Spittoon. The Hoosiers own the Spittoon after last season's 46-21 victory on Oct. 28. The Spartans lead the all-time series 38-15-2, carry a 38-12-1 record since the trophy's inception in 1950 and hold a 20-6-1 advantage in East Lansing. IU last's triumph at Spartan Stadium came in 2001 - a 37-28 win over the 22nd-ranked Spartans on Nov. 10.

    Last Year vs. Michigan State
    Kellen Lewis threw for five touchdowns and ran for another score as Indiana upended Michigan State, 46-21, on Saturday, Oct. 28, at Memorial Stadium. In front of a raucous Homecoming crowd, wide receiver James Hardy became the first Hoosier in school history to grab four touchdown passes to help IU recapture the Old Brass Spittoon for the first time since 2001.

    The Hoosier offense scored its most points ever against Michigan State. Lewis became just the fourth IU player to account for six touchdowns in a single game, joining Levron Williams (Oct. 6, 2001 vs. Wisconsin), Antwaan Randle El (Sept. 12, 1998 vs. Western Michigan) and Bob Hoernschemeyer (1943 vs. Nebraska). His five touchdown passes tied Jay Rodgers and Tim Clifford for the second most in a single game in school history.



    Not to be outmatched by its offensive counterparts, the IU defense put together a stellar effort as well. After MSU went 80 yards and picked up four first downs on its opening drive, the Hoosiers allowed the Spartans just four first downs and 135 yards the rest of the contest. MSU did not pick up another first down until the fourth quarter.

    Scouting Michigan State
    Michigan State opened the season with four straight victories, but enter Saturday night on a two-game losing streak after dropping its first two Big Ten contests. The Spartans lost an overtime thriller to Northwestern, 48-41, in East Lansing on Oct. 6, following a 37-34 defeat at Wisconsin on Sept. 29.

    Mark Dantonio leads the Spartans after spending three years with Cincinnati. He owns a 22-19 overall record. Dantonio became only the second coach in Bearcat history to lead the team to a bowl game in his first season (2004 Fort Worth Bowl).

    MSU is averaging 34.3 points and 451.8 yards per game. The balanced Spartan attack is posting 230.0 yards through the air and 221.8 on the ground. Junior quarterback Brian Hoyer has thrown 10 touchdowns and three interceptions this season, averaging 214.3 yards per contest.

    Hoyer has connected with junior wide receiver Devin Thomas a team-high 25 times for a team-best 542 yards. Thomas leads Michigan State with 90.3 yards each time out and four touchdowns. He has also returned 17 kicks and averaged 31.5 yards with a long of 70. Junior running back Javon Ringer averages 121.5 yards per game, 7.1 yards per rush and has collected 729 yards and four scores. Meanwhile, fifth-year senior Jehuu Caulcrick adds 67.5 yards and a team-leading 10 touchdowns.

    Defensively, the Spartans are surrendering 24.5 points and 355.8 yards per contest. Opponents have averaged 241.2 passing yards and 114.7 rushing yards. Fifth-year senior defensive end Jonal Saint-Dic leads the team with six sacks, 10.0 tackles for loss and six forced fumbles. In the secondary, senior safety Travis Key is tied for the team lead with 37 tackles and two interceptions.

    Michigan Connection
    Nine players on the IU roster hail from The Wolverine State. Junior wide receiver James Bailey (Detroit/Denby High School), sophomore defensive lineman Emile Bass (Detroit/Sterling Heights), freshman linebacker Darius Johnson (Highland Park/Highland Park), junior defensive lineman Isaac Price (Southfield), freshman linebacker Ian Reeves (Ferndale/Ferndale), junior running back Marcus Thigpen (Detroit/Mumford), freshman defensive lineman Terrance Thomas (Detroit/St. Martin De Porres), redshirt freshman wide receiver Terrance Turner (Auburn Hills/West Bloomfield) and sophomore defensive lineman Brian Zematis (Bloomfield) all came to Bloomington from the state of Michigan.


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