Michigan State Postgame Notes from Ohio State Game

By Danielle Daniels

Jonathan Kim Michigan State PK scored the only points on a 53-yard FG (courtesy Michigan State Athletic Communications)



• Saturday’s game marked the first time Michigan State played a team ranked No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings. The Buckeyes have topped the first two CFP rankings and entered Saturday’s game ranked No. 3 in both the AP and Coaches Poll.

• Saturday was the 52nd meeting between Michigan State and Ohio State. The Buckeyes lead the all-time series, 37-15, including an 18-9 mark in Columbus.

• Graduate offensive lineman J.D. Duplain made his 40th consecutive start and played in his 45th overall start as part of playing in his 52nd career game.

• Duplain’s 40th straight start not only leads all active Spartans, but moved him up to tie for No. 5 on MSU’s career consecutive starts list, done most recently by Max Bullough and Denicos Allen in 2010-13 seasons . . . Duplain has the second-most consecutive starts by an offensive player in program history, behind school record co-holder Shane Hannah (1991-94) with 44.

• The 45 overall career starts also moves Duplain up to No. 2 on MSU’s most starts by an offensive lineman list, taking over sole possession after a tie with Hannah and Tony Mandarich (1985-88), and trailing Joel Foreman (2008-11) with 49 total starts.

• Redshirt freshman Katin Houser made his fifth straight start, finishing 12-of-24 passing for 92 yards with a long of 20 yards, adding seven rushes for 6 yards.

• Redshirt sophomore running back Nate Carter rushed for 52 yards on 11 carries . . . Carter had a 27-yard run in the first quarter, which was his longest rush in a Big Ten game and longest since a 44-yarder in the Richmond game in Week 2 (9/9) . . . Carter’s 52 yards marked his sixth game this season with 50 or more rushing yards, as well as having double-digit carries in all 10 games this season.

• Graduate running back Jaren Mangham had a season-high nine rushes for 35 yards, which are the most of his MSU career after transferring from USF.

• With a team-high three catches, sophomore wide receiver Tyrell Henry now has three or more receptions in the last three games as part of four total times this season . . . Henry has 10 catches for 85 yards in his last three games with three catches for 20 yards and a TD at Minnesota (10/28), four receptions for 54 yards vs. Nebraska (11/4) and three catches for 11 yards at Ohio State (11/11).

• Senior tight end Evan Morris doubled his season receptions with a career-high two catches Saturday.

• Freshman tight end Brennan Parachek also tied his career high with two receptions, and he has at least one catch in the last four games.

• Redshirt junior quarterback Andrew Schorfhaar made his Spartan debut, with a completion on his first pass attempt for the Green & White.

• Redshirt junior linebacker Cal Haladay posted a team and game-high nine tackles . . . it was Haladay’s seventh game this season with seven or more stops, including five in the last six.

• Graduate linebacker Aaron Brule matched his jersey number with seven stops, including 1.0 tackle for loss, marking the second straight game and third in the last four contests that Brule has posted at least 1.0 TFL . . . Brule now has at least 0.5 tackle for loss in six of the 10 games this season as part of 10 of his last 14 games and 13 of his 22 games as a Spartan . . . he now leads the MSU defense with 7.5 tackles for loss on the season.

• Sophomore defensive back Malik Spencer registered a pass break-up to go with five tackles . . . Spencer posted his second game in a row with a PBU as part of six in the 10 games.

• Fellow sophomore defensive back Jaden Mangham logged five tackles, logging his five or more stops in four of the last five games as part of six total times in his nine games played this season, missing the Iowa game due to injury.

• Redshirt freshman defensive lineman Ken Talley tallied his first tackle for loss, finishing with a career-high three tackles.

• Graduate senior placekicker Jonathan Kim connected on a 53-yard field goal in the second quarter, his second-longest field goal of the season behind his career-long 58-yarder at Iowa (9/30) . . . Kim now has four 50-yard field goals on the season (4-of-7) and is 12-of-17 overall.

• Redshirt freshman punter Ryan Eckley punted six times with a long of 58 yards, one of two of 50+, adding a 50-yarder in the second quarter . . . he now has at least one punt of 50+ yards in each of the last four games as part of in six total games out of 10 . . . Eckley also had a career-best four inside the 20, including tying a career-high with three inside the 10, highlighted by one being downed at the OSU 2 in the second quarter, along with one being downed at the OSU 8 in the third quarter and a fair catch at the OSU 8 in the fourth quarter . . . he has had multiple punts inside the 10 in each of the last three games as part of in four total games.