Scores

Final

UAB 18

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Michigan State 55

(1-0, 1-0 home)

12:00 PM ET, September 1, 2007

Spartan Stadium, EAST LANSING, MI

1 2 3 4 T
UAB 0 3 2 1318
MSU 21 24 3 755

Top Performers

Passing: B. Hoyer (MSU) - 201 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: J. Caulcrick (MSU) - 10 CAR, 93 YDS, 4 TD

Receiving: D. Thomas (MSU) - 5 REC, 106 YDS, 1 TD

Spartans 55, Blazers 18

Associated Press

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Jehuu Caulcrick ran for 93 yards and a career-high four touchdowns Saturday as Michigan State rolled past Alabama-Birmingham, 55-18, giving Mark Dantonio a win in his debut as Spartan coach.

The lopsided score ruined the debut of new UAB coach Neil Callaway, a former Georgia assistant.

Michigan State (1-0) and Dantonio, a former Cincinnati head coach, wasted no time unveiling an offense that is more run-oriented and physical than the system used under former coach John L. Smith. The Spartans rolled up 593 yards of offense.

The first play from scrimmage was a pass to Andrew Hawken -- a fullback, a position that didn't exist in Michigan State's previous system. The Spartans then used five straight running plays to highlight a 65-yard scoring drive, capped by Caulcrick's 1-yard touchdown plunge, to take a 7-0 lead over the Blazers (0-1).

Caulcrick scored three more TDs in the first half on runs of 5, 42 and 5 yards as Michigan State built a 42-0 lead. It was 45-3 at halftime after teams traded field goals.

Caulcrick's four rushing TDs were tied for second-most in school history in one game. Blake Ezor had six rushing TDs against Northwestern in 1989.

Michigan State quarterback Brian Hoyer completed 14 of 17 passes for 201 yards and also had a 44-yard touchdown pass to Devin Thomas. He finished Michigan State played two backup quarterbacks. Thomas had 106 receiving yards on 5 catches.

Michigan State's defense, among the nation's worst the past few seasons, had little trouble with a UAB offense struggling with an inexperienced line. The Blazers had 226 yards of offense.

Blazer quarterback Sam Hunt completed 21 of 39 passes for 214 yards, including a fourth-quarter TD pass to Joseph Webb and an interception.

UAB had only 67 scholarship players on Saturday, 18 under the NCAA limit.

A member of Conference USA, the Blazers were facing a Big Ten opponent for the first time in its 12 seasons playing in the NCAA's top division, now the Football Bowl Subdivision. UAB has lost three straight season openers.

Michigan State has won three straight season openers. Dantonio became the fourth consecutive Spartan head coach to win his debut. The last Michigan State coach to lose his first game was Nick Saban in 1995, a 50-10 loss to Nebraska.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UAB
MSU
1st Downs1728
Total Yards226593
Passing214295
Rushing12298
Penalties5-04-35
3rd Down Conversions8-208-13
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers10
Possession30:0729:53

Passing Leaders

UABC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Hunt21/392145.511-
Michigan StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Foles5/8577.100-
Dixon3/5377.410-

Rushing Leaders

UABCARYDSAVGTDLG
Slaughter13251.909
Norman4123.007
Michigan StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Caulcrick10939.3442
Ringer13806.2025

Receiving Leaders

UABRECYDSAVGTDLG
Webb69816.3123
Forrest5418.2015
Michigan StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas510621.2144
White3258.3013

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUABMSU
TD12:45JEHUU CAULCRICK 1 YD RUN (BRETT SWENSON KICK)
Drive info: 6 plays, 65 yards.
07
TD4:46JEHUU CAULCRICK 5 YD RUN (BRETT SWENSON KICK)
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yards.
014
TD1:41JEHUU CAULCRICK 42 YD RUN (BRETT SWENSON KICK)
Drive info: 5 plays, 82 yards.
021
SECOND QUARTERUABMSU
TD14:29DEVIN THOMAS 44 YD PASS FROM BRIAN HOYER (BRETT SWENSON KICK)
Drive info: 3 plays, 55 yards.
028
TD12:36JEHUU CAULCRICK 5 YD RUN (BRETT SWENSON KICK)
Drive info: 4 plays, 52 yards.
035
TD7:36ANDREW HAWKEN 3 YD PASS FROM CONNOR DIXON (BRETT SWENSON KICK)
Drive info: 9 plays, 48 yards.
042
FG7:01SWAYZE WATERS 35 YD FG
Drive info: 5 plays, 15 yards.
342
FG0:00BRETT SWENSON 45 YD FG
Drive info: 5 plays, 24 yards.
345
THIRD QUARTERUABMSU
S11:20 TEAM SAFETY545
FG4:26BRETT SWENSON 38 YD FG
Drive info: 14 plays, 60 yards.
548
FOURTH QUARTERUABMSU
TD13:56JOSEPH WEBB 15 YD PASS FROM SAM HUNT (SWAYZE WATERS KICK)
Drive info: 11 plays, 74 yards.
1248
FG7:52SWAYZE WATERS 50 YD FG
Drive info: 7 plays, 26 yards.
1548
TD3:27ANDRE ANDERSON 3 YD RUN (BRETT SWENSON KICK)
Drive info: 10 plays, 74 yards.
1555
FG0:00SWAYZE WATERS 48 YD FG
Drive info: 10 plays, 34 yards.
1855