MICHIGAN STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPS SPORTS BOWL POST GAME NOTES
Michigan State vs. No. 14 Boston College
Champs Sports Bowl â€“ Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium â€“ Orlando, Fla.
Dec. 28, 2007
In the sixth meeting between the two schools, No. 14 Boston College defeated Michigan State, 24-21, before a crowd of 46,554 at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadiumâ€¦it marks the highest attendance since the bowl relocated to Orlandoâ€¦BC now leads the overall series, 4-1-1.
Michigan Stateâ€™s six losses this season were by a combined total of 31 points, including two in overtime (Northwestern and Iowa)â€¦all six losses were decided by seven points or less.
The three-point defeat ties the closest game in Champs Sports Bowl history (1995 Carquest Bowl â€“ South Carolina 24, West Virginia 21).
Michigan State is now 7-11 all-time in its 18 bowl appearances.
Devin Thomas returned the opening kickoff 79 yards to set up MSUâ€™s first TDâ€¦with the return, he became the all-time single-season Big Ten leader in kickoff return yardsâ€¦for the game, he had 178 kickoff return yards, a career high and the second most kickoff returns yards in school history (record: Derrick Mason, 186 yards)â€¦the 178 yards also represent a Champs Sports Bowl game recordâ€¦Thomas, who finishes the season with 1,135 kickoff return yards, passed Dorien Bryant of Purdue for the Big Ten recordâ€¦ Bryant had 1,007 kickoff return yards this seasonâ€¦Thomas is the second Big Ten player to record more than 1,000 kickoff return yards in a single season along with Bryantâ€¦the 79-yard return was a career long for Thomasâ€¦his previous career long was a 70-yarder earlier this season against Northwestern.
Thomas, who already owned the school record for receptions in a season entering the game, caught four passes for 34 yards against Boston College to increase his total to 79 for the seasonâ€¦he finished the season with 1,260 receiving yards, the third-highest mark in an MSU single-season.
Thomas had 220 all-purpose yards against the Eagles (178 kickoff; 34 receiving; 8 punt return), marking the seventh time this season he has collected more than 200 all-purpose yards in a gameâ€¦the 220 all-purpose yards are the fourth most in MSU bowl game history and Champs Sports Bowl game historyâ€¦Thomasâ€™ 2,590 all-purpose yards this season is an MSU record.
With 21 points against Boston College, Michigan State scored 430 points for the 2007 season, the most points scored in a Spartan seasonâ€¦the previous record was 411 points, set during the 1978 seasonâ€¦the 5,418 yards of total offense rank third best in an MSU season.
Javon Ringer rushed for his seventh 100-yard game of the season with 101 yards on 21 carries (4.8 avg.)â€¦Ringer became just the second player to rush for more than 100 yards against Boston College this season (Marylandâ€™s Lance Ball rushed for 109 yards)â€¦Ringerâ€™s seven 100-yard rushing games this season is tied for the second most in school history (accomplished four other times; record is Lorenzo Whiteâ€™s 11 in 1985)â€¦Ringer now has 12 career 100-yard rushing games, seventh most in school history.
Ringer finished the season with a career-high 1,447 yards (111.3 avg.)â€¦the 1,447 yards rank fifth best in an MSU single-seasonâ€¦his 2,761 career yards move him into seventh place all-time at MSU.
Michigan State rushed for 172 yards, the most by a Boston College opponent this season.
Brian Hoyer finished the season ranked among the MSU single-season leaders in pass attempts (376 â€“ second), pass completions (223 â€“ third), passing yards (2,725 â€“ third), total offense (2,620 â€“ third) and touchdown passes (20 â€“ tied for fourth).
Deon Curry caught his first career TD pass with a 14-yard catch in the fourth quarter.
Boston College was held to 27 yards rushing, a season lowâ€¦BCâ€™s 276 yards of total offense was also a season lowâ€¦MSUâ€™s defense allowed less than 50 yards rushing in four games this season (UAB, Bowling Green, Indiana, Boston College).
Ervin Baldwin recorded a 15-yard sack in the first quarter, giving him 8.5 sacks for the yearâ€¦his 18.5 tackles for loss on the year ranks second best in MSU single-season history.
Greg Jones finished the season with a team-high 78 tacklesâ€¦he tied for the team lead with five against Boston Collegeâ€¦he recorded a 10-yard sack and forced a fumble on the same play in the fourth quarter, leading to MSUâ€™s touchdown that cut the Boston College lead to 24-21.
Rob Tabatchnick tied for the team lead with five tacklesâ€¦he also had two tackles for losses, two pass break-ups and one sackâ€¦his first career sack was a 14-yard loss in the second quarter.
Eric Gordon recorded his first career interception in the second quarterâ€¦he returned it 16 yardsâ€¦he tied for the team lead with five tackles.
MSUâ€™s three sacks tied for second best in Spartan bowl game history (2001 Silicon Valley; 1996 Sun; 1995 Independence).
Brett Swenson became MSUâ€™s single-season record holder in extra points as he kicked one in the gameâ€¦he finished the season with 53 extra pointsâ€¦he passed Morten Anderson, who had 52 extra points in 1978.
Swenson kicked two field goals, a 39-yarder in the second quarter and a 23-yarder in the third quarterâ€¦he finished the season with 15 field goals, tying for the ninth most in MSU single-season historyâ€¦Swenson also had 15 field goals last seasonâ€¦he finished the season connecting on seven of his last eight field-goal attemptsâ€¦he was 15-of-22 for the season.