Five Days and Counting...

Before Javon Ringer went down with a knee injury, the Spartans were the fifth-ranked team in the nation in rushing offense - but that's all since changed. That's one of the interesting numbers to note about this weekend's game against the Spartans...

38- Straight points Michigan State scored in the final 24:54 of last week's 41-38 win over Northwestern. The Spartans overcame a 38-3 Northwestern lead to not only end its four-game losing streak, but also break the NCAA Division I record for biggest comeback victory (35). The previous mark was 31, established by Maryland (trailed Miami, Fla. 31-0 and eventually won 42-40 in 1984) and Michigan (trailed Minnesota 31-0 and eventually won 41-37 in 1989). This marks the second time this season the Spartans have scored 38 straight points to win a game on the road. Earlier this season Michigan State trailed Pitt 10-0 before running off 38 straight in its 38-23 victory.

5- Touchdowns accounted for in the last two years by Michigan State quarterback Drew Stanton. The senior signal caller had 306 yards of total offense (172 passing, 134 rushing) and two rushing touchdowns in MSU's 30-20 win in Bloomington in 2004 and followed that up with 225 total yards (27 rushing, 198 passing) and three scores last season. While he's been maligned in recent years due to the Spartans on-the-field struggles, Stanton remains one of the more versatile quarterbacks in the Big Ten. He's completed 136-of-216 passes for 1,535 yards and 10 touchdowns this season and has also rushed 85 times for 333 yards and another five scores. By way of comparison, Stanton's 333 rushing yards is more than 100 more than IU's top rusher (Josiah Sears, 225 yards).

21- Passing touchdowns the Spartans have surrendered this season, worst in the Big Ten. Opposing teams have completed 137-of-233 passes for 1,761 yards and 21 touchdowns. That includes a five-touchdown performance by Notre Dame's Brady Quinn; a three-touchdown effort by Michigan's Chad Henne; and a three-touchdown performance last weekend by Northwestern's C.J. Bacher in his first career. Start. While the Spartan secondary has been criticized for these woes, much of the blame also has to go to a Michigan State pass rush that has generated only eight sacks in eight games, worst in the Big Ten (Indiana ranks 10th with 10 sacks).

75.2 – Yards/game rushing for Michigan State since it lost tailback Javon Ringer for the season to a knee injury. The Spartans' 5-9, 198-pound sophomore was averaging 108.0 yards/game and 7.2 yards/carry in their first four games of the year, helping them to a 3-1 start. As a team, the Spartans were averaging 255.5 rushing yards/game, ranking them fifth in the country. But Ringer was lost to a torn MCL on his first carry in the Illinois game, and the MSU ground attack left with him. Since his departure, Michigan State has failed to rush for 100 yards as a team in each game (82 vs. Illinois, 60 vs. Michigan, 63 vs. Ohio State, 96 vs. Northwestern).

24,471 – fans in attendance for the last IU-Michigan State meeting in Memorial Stadium in 2004. IU Coach Terry Hoeppner is hoping to more than double that total with his push to get 50,000 fans to show up for Saturday's Homecoming contest. That would be no small feat when you consider how long its been since a IU has had 50,000 or more fans for a non-Ohio State/Purdue game (those two teams have occasionally brought enough of their own fans to push the attendance to 50,000). You have to go back to Oct. 17, 1992, when 51,735 fans saw Michigan beat Indiana, 31-3.

What's coming up:
On Monday – Five Numbers to Note
On Tuesday - Four Players To Know
On Wednesday – Three Big Concerns
On Thursday – Two Key Matchups
On Friday – One Bold Prediction

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