Scores

Final/OT

Northwestern 48

(3-3, 1-2 Big Ten)

Michigan State 41

(4-2, 0-2 Big Ten)

12:07 PM ET, October 6, 2007

Spartan Stadium (MI), East Lansing, MI

1 2 3 4 OT T
NW 13 7 7 14 748
MSU 6 7 14 14 041

Top Performers

Passing: C. Bacher (NW) - 520 YDS, 5 TD

Rushing: J. Ringer (MSU) - 12 CAR, 185 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: E. Peterman (NW) - 9 REC, 141 YDS, 1 TD

Northwestern 48, Michigan St. 41, OT

Associated Press

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- C.J. Bacher threw for a school-record 520 yards and five touchdowns, including the game-winner in overtime, and Northwestern scored a wild 48-41 victory over Michigan State on Saturday.

Bacher connected with Omar Conteh on a 12-yard TD strike in overtime, and Northwestern (3-3, 1-2 Big Ten) forced Michigan State's Brian Hoyer into four straight incompletions when the Spartans had the chance to send it to a second overtime.

Bacher completed 38 of 48 passes as the Wildcats' spread offense baffled the Spartans (4-2, 0-2), who have lost two straight.

"The (offensive) line did a great job. I didn't have to worry much about pressure," Bacher said. "Our guys got open and found the holes in the defense. That makes my job pretty easy...just get them the ball."

Bacher's passing yardage broke the single game record of 513 yards set by Brett Basanez against Texas Christian in 2004.

Javon Ringer rushed 12 times for 185 yards and three touchdowns, including scoring runs of 47 and 80 yards earlier in the second half, to lead Michigan State.

Northwestern missed two opportunities to win the game late in regulation.

Amado Villarreal's 36-yard field goal attempt as time expired sailed wide left. About three minutes earlier, the Wildcats botched the snap on a field goal attempt, resulting in an incomplete pass.

But Northwestern was able to rebound in overtime and avenge a bitter loss from last season, when Michigan State rallied from 35 points down to beat Northwestern 41-38, the biggest comeback in the history of the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision.

Northwestern has won six of the last 10 meetings, but the Spartans hold a 32-16 edge in the overall series.

Northwestern running back Tyrell Sutton missed his fourth straight game with an ankle injury, depriving the Wildcats of one of their top offensive threats.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NW
MSU
1st Downs2920
Total Yards611481
Passing520194
Rushing91287
Penalties3-305-33
3rd Down Conversions13-194-10
4th Down Conversions0-10-1
Turnovers00
Possession35:4624:14

Passing Leaders

NorthwesternC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bacher38/4852010.850
Michigan StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hoyer17/311946.310

Rushing Leaders

NorthwesternCARYDSAVGTDLG
Conteh19703.7224
Roberson9212.307
Michigan StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ringer1218515.4380
Thomas6528.7017

Receiving Leaders

NorthwesternRECYDSAVGTDLG
Peterman914115.7170
Yarbrough410426.0178
Michigan StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas56112.2027
Ringer6549.0023

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNWMSU
TD12:51Omar Conteh 11 Yd Run (Amado Villarreal Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 80 yds, 2:09
70
TD09:06Jehuu Caulcrick 1 Yd Run (Pat Blocked)
Drive: 10 plays, 65 yds, 3:45
76
TD04:15Omar Conteh 9 Yd Run (Pat Failed)
Drive: 9 plays, 80 yds, 4:51
136
SECOND QUARTERNWMSU
TD14:56Javon Ringer 4 Yd Run (Brett Swenson Kick)
Drive: 11 plays, 62 yds, 4:19
1313
TD00:13Ross Lane 9 Yd Pass From C.J. Bacher (Amado Villarreal Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 30 yds, 2:13
2013
THIRD QUARTERNWMSU
TD12:49Jehuu Caulcrick 1 Yd Run (Brett Swenson Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 55 yds, 2:11
2020
TD11:45Jeff Yarbrough 78 Yd Pass From C.J. Bacher (Amado Villarreal Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 73 yds, 1:04
2720
TD10:20Javon Ringer 47 Yd Run (Brett Swenson Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 80 yds, 1:25
2727
FOURTH QUARTERNWMSU
TD12:49Ross Lane 1 Yd Pass From C.J. Bacher (Amado Villarreal Kick)
Drive: 15 plays, 80 yds, 6:30
3427
TD12:36Javon Ringer 80 Yd Run (Brett Swenson Kick)
Drive: 1 plays, 80 yds, :13
3434
TD11:32Eric Peterman 70 Yd Pass From C.J. Bacher (Amado Villarreal Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 73 yds, 1:04
4134
TD09:57Eric Andino 19 Yd Pass From Brian Hoyer (Brett Swenson Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 27 yds, 1:35
4141
OVERTIMENWMSU
TDOmar Conteh 12 Yd Pass From C.J. Bacher (Amado Villarreal Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 25 yds, :00
4841