Scores

Final

Michigan State 48

(6-5, 2-5 Big Ten)

Purdue 31

(7-4, 3-4 Big Ten)

12:00 PM ET, November 10, 2007

Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN

1 2 3 4 T
MSU 7 24 0 1748
PUR 0 21 3 731

Top Performers

Passing: B. Hoyer (MSU) - 266 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: J. Caulcrick (MSU) - 24 CAR, 77 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: D. Thomas (MSU) - 10 REC, 116 YDS

Michigan St. 48, Purdue 31

Associated Press

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Brian Hoyer passed for 266 yards and two touchdowns, and Michigan State beat Purdue 48-31 on Saturday to end a three-game losing streak and become bowl eligible.

Michigan State's Devin Thomas caught 10 passes for 116 yards to set a school record for catches in a season with 68, and Jehuu Caulcrick ran for 77 yards and two touchdowns. Caulcrick's 20 rushing scores make him the school's all-time single-season leader.

SirDarean Adams led Michigan State's defense with two interceptions.

Purdue gained 517 yards, but had three costly turnovers. Curtis Painter passed for 344 yards, but he threw the picks to Adams, which led to 10 points.

Purdue's Kory Sheets caught a touchdown pass, ran for a score and finished with 121 total yards.

Purdue stumbled with representatives from the Capital One, Outback, Champs Sports, Alamo, Motor City and Insight Bowls present.

Michigan State led 31-21 at halftime.

Purdue kicker Chris Summers made a 32-yard field goal to cut Michigan State's lead to 31-24 with 7:05 left in the third quarter.

Michigan State ran a fake field goal late in the third quarter. Purdue got the stop, but Mike Neal was called for a 15-yard facemask penalty, giving the Spartans a first down at the Purdue 12. Brett Swenson kicked a 23-yard field goal to make it a 34-24 lead six seconds into the fourth quarter.

Michigan State's Otis Wiley hit Purdue's Dorien Bryant after a catch and forced a fumble. Travis Key recovered and ran 20 yards for a touchdown to give the Spartans a 41-24 lead.

Painter threw a screen pass to Sheets, and he turned it into a 41-yard touchdown that cut the Spartans' lead to 41-31 with 13:05 to play.

Purdue appeared to have the Spartans stopped, but Caulcrick took the snap on a fake punt and ran for a first down. Hoyer's 3-yard touchdown pass to backup tight end Eric Andino made it 48-31, Michigan State with 7:36 to play.

Michigan State finished the first half strong. With the score tied at 21 in the second quarter, Caulcrick scored his second touchdown, a 1-yard run with 1:13 left in the first half, to give Michigan State a 28-21 lead.

Painter threw his second interception in the closing seconds of the first half. Adams returned it to the Purdue 23, and Swenson made a 39-yard field goal to give the Spartans a 31-21 lead at the break.

There were 45 points scored and 377 yards gained in the second quarter.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MSU
PUR
1st Downs2221
Total Yards416517
Passing266344
Rushing150173
Penalties4-448-71
3rd Down Conversions10-194-13
4th Down Conversions1-11-3
Turnovers03
Possession38:1821:42

Passing Leaders

Michigan StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hoyer22/312668.620
PurdueC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Painter29/453447.612

Rushing Leaders

Michigan StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ringer23863.7014
Caulcrick24773.2215
PurdueCARYDSAVGTDLG
Sheets68013.3159
Taylor8435.4014

Receiving Leaders

Michigan StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas1011611.6030
Davis34715.7126
PurdueRECYDSAVGTDLG
Lymon38227.3069
Standeford56513.0023

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMSUPUR
TD03:36Brian Hoyer 1 Yd Run (Brett Swenson Kick)
Drive: 10 plays, 70 yds, 3:47
70
SECOND QUARTERMSUPUR
TD14:26Curtis Painter 27 Yd Run (Chris Summers Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 80 yds, 4:10
77
TD08:09Kellen Davis 2 Yd Pass From Brian Hoyer (Brett Swenson Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 3 yds, 1:18
147
TD07:16Kory Sheets 59 Yd Run (Chris Summers Kick)
Drive: 2 plays, 66 yds, :53
1414
TD04:02Jehuu Caulcrick 2 Yd Run (Brett Swenson Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 62 yds, 3:14
2114
TD03:33Curtis Painter 7 Yd Run (Chris Summers Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 76 yds, :29
2121
TD01:13Jehuu Caulcrick 1 Yd Run (Brett Swenson Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 61 yds, 2:20
2821
FG00:00Brett Swenson 39 Yd
Drive: 2 plays, 1 yds, :07
3121
THIRD QUARTERMSUPUR
FG07:05Chris Summers 32 Yd
Drive: 9 plays, 53 yds, 2:32
3124
FOURTH QUARTERMSUPUR
FG14:54Brett Swenson 23 Yd
Drive: 16 plays, 61 yds, 7:11
3424
TD13:57Travis Key 20 Yd Fumble Return (Brett Swenson Kick) 4124
TD13:05Kory Sheets 41 Yd Pass From Curtis Painter (Chris Summers Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 68 yds, :52
4131
TD07:36Eric Andino 3 Yd Pass From Brian Hoyer (Brett Swenson Kick)
Drive: 11 plays, 65 yds, 5:29
4831