Javon Ringer's 282-yard performance was the fourth best in Spartans history. Ringer though, could not eclipse the 250 yard performance by Eric Allen against Purdue (1971)or either of Lorenzo White's performances (292 vs Indiana 1987 and 286 vs Indiana in 1985)
The shutout by the Spartans was their first since 1999 when the Spartans shut out the Northwestern Wildcats 34-0 in Evanston, IL. One has to go back to 1996 to find the previous shutout by MSU against Eastern Michigan 47-0.
After giving practice time to Ross Weaver at the free safety position, MSU instead started Danny Fortener at the free safety position. Fortener responded with four tackles and a fumble recovery. MSU has been working freshman Trenton Robinson at safety and Robinson got into the game for MSU.
Spartans sophomore linebacker Greg Jones continues to lead the way for the MSU defense, recording six tackles including one for loss.
Worrisome, MSU had zero sacks in this game.
Freshman Tyler Hoover got action in his second consecutive game and figures to get more time at the defensive end position as MSU looks to get more pass rushing pressure from its front four.