Dawgs in Capital One: Michigan State Preview

ATHENS - Dean Legge's quick look at Georgia's bowl opponent.


RECORD:                    OVERALL      HOME        AWAY      
ALL GAMES                (9-3-0)     (6-1-0)     (3-2-0)    

 DATE            OPPONENT                 W/L    SCORE  ATTEND
 ------------    ------------------------ ---    -----  ------
 Aug 30, 2008 at California                 L    31-38   62956
 Sep 06, 2008    EASTERN MICHIGAN         W      42-10   71789
 Sep 13, 2008    FLORIDA ATLANTIC         W      17-0    70321
 Sep 20, 2008    NOTRE DAME               W      23-7    76366
 Sep 27, 2008 at Indiana                  W      42-29   31832
 Oct 04, 2008    IOWA                     W      16-13   77526
 Oct 11, 2008 at #22 Northwestern         W      37-20   32527
 Oct 18, 2008    #12 OHIO STATE             L     7-45   77360
 Oct 25, 2008 at Michigan                 W      35-21  110146
 Nov 1, 2008     WISCONSIN                W      25-24   75121
 Nov 08, 2008    PURDUE                   W      21-7    75522
 Nov 22, 2008 at #7 Penn State              L    18-49  109845

Quick 2008 Review
Michigan State is 1-2 playing against ranked foes. They are 1-2 against teams ranked in the final AP poll of the season. Their biggest win of the year came against Northwestern, but wins over Michigan and Notre Dame would have been much bigger deals any other season besides this one.

Quick Bowl History
Michigan State is 7-12 in bowl games. The Spartans lost to Boston College in the Champs Sports Bowl (in the same stadium they play the Capital One Bowl in) last season. The Spartans have split their last two bowl games - losing the last two.

Perhaps the most famous bowl win in recent memory for Michigan State came in this very bowl game. In the 2000 Florida Citrus Bowl (now the Capital One Bowl), Paul Edinger kicked a 39-yard field goal as time expired to give No. 9 Michigan State a 37-34 victory over No. 10 Florida. There were five lead changes in the contest as the two teams combined for 71 points and 767 total yards. Spartan wide receiver Plaxico Burress had 13 receptions for 185 yards and three TDs to earn Citrus Bowl MVP honors. Nick Saban coached Michigan State that day while Steve Spurrier coached the Gators.

Georgia and Michigan State have a bowl history of their own - the 1989 Gator Bowl. It was Vince Dooley's final game as head coach, and turned out to be his 201st overall win. The Bulldogs threw the ball more than they ran it, and took home a tight 34-27 win.

Michigan State

Cumulative Season Statistics



2008 Michigan State Football
Overall Team Statistics
All games

TEAM STATISTICS                         MSU          OPP
--------------------------------------------------------
SCORING.......................          314          263
  Points Per Game.............         26.2         21.9
FIRST DOWNS...................          228          209
  Rushing.....................           88           84
  Passing.....................          116          103
  Penalty.....................           24           22
RUSHING YARDAGE...............         1661         1771
  Yards gained rushing........         2033         2085
  Yards lost rushing..........          372          314
  Rushing Attempts............          477          417
  Average Per Rush............          3.5          4.2
  Average Per Game............        138.4        147.6
  TDs Rushing.................           23           16
PASSING YARDAGE...............         2568         2524
  Att-Comp-Int................    360-192-9   391-204-13
  Average Per Pass............          7.1          6.5
  Average Per Catch...........         13.4         12.4
  Average Per Game............        214.0        210.3
  TDs Passing.................           11           15
TOTAL OFFENSE.................         4229         4295
  Total Plays.................          837          808
  Average Per Play............          5.1          5.3
  Average Per Game............        352.4        357.9
KICK RETURNS: #-Yards.........       48-938      50-1079
PUNT RETURNS: #-Yards.........       27-264       29-252
INT RETURNS: #-Yards..........       13-216         9-87
KICK RETURN AVERAGE...........         19.5         21.6
PUNT RETURN AVERAGE...........          9.8          8.7
INT RETURN AVERAGE............         16.6          9.7
FUMBLES-LOST..................        21-12         17-9
PENALTIES-Yards...............       61-550       75-652
  Average Per Game............         45.8         54.3
PUNTS-Yards...................      68-2789      72-2960
  Average Per Punt............         41.0         41.1
  Net punt average............         34.7         35.2
TIME OF POSSESSION/Game.......        31:07        28:53
3RD-DOWN Conversions..........       62/175       73/178
  3rd-Down Pct................          35%          41%
4TH-DOWN Conversions..........         8/12         3/16
  4th-Down Pct................          67%          19%
SACKS BY-Yards................       24-176       18-156
MISC YARDS....................            0           20
TOUCHDOWNS SCORED.............           36           34
FIELD GOALS-ATTEMPTS..........        20-25         8-12
ON-SIDE KICKS.................          2-2          0-2
RED-ZONE SCORES...............   84-100 84%    60-78 77%
RED-ZONE TOUCHDOWNS...........   56-100 56%    44-78 56%
PAT-ATTEMPTS..................   34-34 100%   33-33 100%
ATTENDANCE....................      1048010       694612
  Games/Avg Per Game..........     14/74858     10/69461
  Neutral Site Games..........                       0/0

SCORE BY QUARTERS     1st  2nd  3rd  4th    Total
--------------------  ---  ---  ---  ---      ---
Michigan State......   61   89   70   94  -   314
Opponents...........   56   80   55   72  -   263

TOP PLAYER - JAVON RINGER

The Spartans' top player in running back Javon Ringer. Here is a close-up look at the year he's had so far. In MSU's three losses this season, Ringer was held to less than 100 yards rushing. Also, the Ringer was held below the century mark against Big Ten foes Iowa and Wisconsin. Still, the talented back has rushed for over 150 four times this season, including against Notre Dame and Michigan. He has accounted for nearly 2,000 all-purpose yards this year.


                           
                      |---RUSHING---|  
 Date         Opponent               No.  Yds TD  Lg 
 Aug 30, 2008 at California.......... 27   81  2  10   
 Sep 06, 2008 EASTERN MICHIGAN....... 34  135  5  13    
 Sep 13, 2008 FLORIDA ATLANTIC....... 43  282  2  32    
 Sep 20, 2008 NOTRE DAME............. 39  201  2  63   
 Sep 27, 2008 at Indiana............. 44  198  1  33   
 Oct 04, 2008 IOWA................... 25   91  0  29    
 Oct 11, 2008 at Northwestern........ 35  124  2  13    
 Oct 18, 2008 OHIO STATE............. 16   67  0  16    
 Oct 25, 2008 at Michigan............ 37  194  2  64    
 Nov 1, 2008  WISCONSIN.............. 21   54  2  12   
 Nov 08, 2008 PURDUE................. 32  121  2  31   
 Nov 22, 2008 at Penn State.......... 17   42  1   9  
 Totals..............................370 1590 21  64   

 Games played: 12
 Avg per rush: 4.3
 Avg per catch: 6.4
 Kick ret avg: 20.4
 All purpose avg/game: 164.5
 Total offense avg/gm: 132.5


Individual Statistics


RUSHING              GP  Att Gain Loss  Net   Avg  TD Long Avg/G
----------------------------------------------------------------
Ringer, Javon        12  370 1688   98 1590   4.3  21   64 132.5
Anderson, Andre      10   26  116   19   97   3.7   0   32   9.7
Cunningham, B.       12    4   56    0   56  14.0   0   29   4.7
Martin, Keshawn       9    7   59    5   54   7.7   0   25   6.0
Jimmerson, A.J.      11    8   14    0   14   1.8   0    7   1.3
Leggett, Ashton      12    6   17   10    7   1.2   1    6   0.6
Winston, Glenn        7    3    1    1    0   0.0   0    1   0.0
Cousins, Kirk         4    2    6    8   -2  -1.0   0    6  -0.5
White, Blair         12    1    0    2   -2  -2.0   0    0  -0.2
TEAM                 10   15    0   56  -56  -3.7   0    0  -5.6
Hoyer, Brian         12   35   76  173  -97  -2.8   1   19  -8.1
Total..........      12  477 2033  372 1661   3.5  23   64 138.4
Opponents......      12  417 2085  314 1771   4.2  16   81 147.6

PASSING              GP   Cmp-Att-Int   Pct  Yds  TD Lng Avg/G
-------------------------------------------------------------
Hoyer, Brian         12   162-319-8   50.8 2235   9  82 186.2
Cousins, Kirk         4    28-38-1    73.7  274   2  32  68.5
Martin, Keshawn       9     2-3-0     66.7   59   0  35   6.6
Total..........      12   192-360-9   53.3 2568  11  82 214.0
Opponents......      12  204-391-13   52.2 2524  15  79 210.3

RECEIVING            GP  No.  Yds   Avg  TD Long Avg/G
------------------------------------------------------
White, Blair         12   39  628  16.1   1   61  52.3
Cunningham, B.       12   35  476  13.6   0   52  39.7
Dell, Mark           10   31  618  19.9   3   52  61.8
Ringer, Javon        12   25  160   6.4   0   17  13.3
Gantt, Charlie       12   19  302  15.9   4   82  25.2
Martin, Keshawn       9   11  132  12.0   0   42  14.7
Hawken, Andrew       10   10   67   6.7   1   21   6.7
McPherson, Jeff      12    6   43   7.2   0   13   3.6
Curry, Deon           7    5   46   9.2   0   12   6.6
Celek, Garrett       11    5   42   8.4   1   18   3.8
Rouse, Josh          12    2   19   9.5   1   12   1.6
Hoyer, Brian         12    1   24  24.0   0   24   2.0
Smith, Fred           9    1    7   7.0   0    7   0.8
Duran, David          3    1    4   4.0   0    4   1.3
Jimmerson, A.J.      11    1    0   0.0   0    0   0.0
Total..........      12  192 2568  13.4  11   82 214.0
Opponents......      12  204 2524  12.4  15   79 210.3

PUNT RETURNS          No.  Yds   Avg TD Long
--------------------------------------------
Wiley, Otis            23  234  10.2  0   78
Martin, Keshawn         3    1   0.3  0    7
Johnson, Jesse          1   29  29.0  0    0
Total..........        27  264   9.8  0   78
Opponents......        29  252   8.7  1   27

INTERCEPTIONS         No.  Yds   Avg TD Long
--------------------------------------------
Wiley, Otis             4   84  21.0  1   53
Rucker, Chris L.        2    4   2.0  0    3
Fortener, Dan           2   37  18.5  0   21
Adams, Johnny           2   40  20.0  1   40
Ware, Jeremy            1   16  16.0  0   16
Weaver, Ross            1   35  35.0  0   35
Hyde, Marcus            1    0   0.0  0    0

KICK RETURNS          No.  Yds   Avg TD Long
--------------------------------------------
Winston, Glenn         16  364  22.8  0   50
Ringer, Javon          11  224  20.4  0   33
Jimmerson, A.J.         9  214  23.8  0   30
Hawken, Andrew          4   33   8.2  0   18
Smith, Kyle             2   12   6.0  0    6
Martin, Keshawn         2   50  25.0  0   27
Rouse, Josh             2   27  13.5  0   26
Wiley, Otis             1    3   3.0  0    3
Pendy, Andrew           1   11  11.0  0   11
Total..........        48  938  19.5  0   50
Opponents......        50 1079  21.6  0   53

FUMBLE RETURNS        No.  Yds   Avg TD Long
--------------------------------------------
Wiley, Otis             1    4   4.0  0    4
Total..........         1    4   4.0  0    4
Opponents......         4  168  42.0  2   69

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