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Post-Game Notes: Penn State – Michigan State University Athletics

Post-Game Notes: Penn State - Michigan State University Athletics


• MSU concluded regular-season action with a 5-7 overall record and a 3-6 mark in Big Ten play.

• Despite the loss, MSU has still won six of the last 10 meetings against Penn State, while Saturday’s result levels the all-time series at 18-18-1. . . MSU and PSU have split the last six meetings in University Park.

• Michigan State’s 229 passing yards marked the Spartans’ 10th game out of 12 regular-season contests that MSU had 200-plus passing yards.

• Redshirt junior quarterback Payton Thorne was 24-for-43 passing for 229 yards with one TD and one INT. . . Thorne completed 20-plus passes for the fifth game this season, while the 229 yards marked his third-straight game with 200-plus yards as part of eight of the 12 games this season. . . the TD pass marked Thorne’s 10th game this season with at least one scoring pass as part of 23 of 29 career games.

• Thorne added a 2-yard rushing TD, marking his sixth career game with at least one rushing TD and one passing TD. . . Thorne has a rushing TD in six different games, having thrown for a passing TD in all but one of those occasions. . . it also is the second straight matchup with Penn State that Thorne had a passing and rushing TD in the same game, doing so last year on Nov. 27, 2021, on a snowy Senior Day at Spartan Stadium. . . the rushing score was Thorne’s first rushing TD of the season and sixth of his career.

• Thorne is now 242-for-387 for the season with 2,679 yards with 19 TDs and 11 INTs. . . the 242 completions rank No. 5 on MSU’s single-season pass completions list, passing Drew Stanton’s 236 in 2005. . . Thorne’s 387 pass attempts rank No. 8 on MSU’s single-season pass attempts list, one shy of his mark of 388 last year at No. 7. . . the 62.5 completion percentage is a new personal-best for Thorne and No. 10 on the Spartans’ single-season list.

• For his career, Thorne is now 524-for-860 passing for 6,493 yards, moving up to No. 6 on MSU’s career passing list. . . he also moves up to No. 6 on the career completions list, as the 524 completions makes him just the seventh Spartan QB with 500-plus completions, while also moving up to No. 6 on the career pass attempts list. . . the TD pass on Saturday gave Thorne 49 career TDs, holding the No. 4 spot on MSU’s career passing TDs list.

• Graduate-senior wide receiver Jayden Reed had six catches Saturday, marking his fifth game this season with five-plus receptions. . . Reed also now has at least one reception in 31-consecutive games, which is all 31 games of his Michigan State career and in 43 of his 44 career collegiate games played. . . the streak of 31-straight games with a reception is No. 19 among active FBS players.

• Sophomore wide receiver Keon Coleman maintained his streak of at least two catches in six-straight games, and in nine of the 11 games played dating back to last season, snaring a game-best eight receptions Saturday. . . the eight catches Saturday marked Coleman’s second-straight game with eight catches, matching last week’s total, and tying for his second-best total of his career behind nine v. Washington (9/17/22) . . . with the eight catches, Coleman has snared four or more receptions in nine of the 12 games this season. . . the 91 receiving yards marked Coleman’s sixth game with 75+ yards, including in four of the last six games.

• Redshirt junior wide receiver Tre Mosley has at least one reception in all 12 games this season and runs streak to 17 in a row dating back to last season as part of 33 of 35 career games played. . . Mosley’s four catches marked his 11th time out of the 12 games that Mosley had multiple receptions as part of the sixth game with three or more catches. . . the 62 yards was Mosley’s second-most of the season, behind his top mark of 64 yards vs. Washington (9/17/22) as part of his third game this season with 50-plus yards.

• Redshirt sophomore tight end Maliq Carr snagged a TD in his second straight game after a 5-yard TD catch last week vs. Indiana, before Saturday’s one-handed 9-yard grab in the corner of the end zone. . . Carr now has at least one catch in the last six games as part of in 10 of the 12 games this season, while the two catches marked his third multi-catch outing in a row along with the fourth game this season.

• Redshirt senior running back Elijah Collins led MSU with 10 carries for 33 yards, marking his second straight game with 10-plus carries, as part of his third outing this season and 15th career game with double-digit carries.

• The MSU defense registered 8.0 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks in Saturday’s game. . . it marked the Spartans’ eighth straight game with 4.0 TFLs or more including 5.0 or more in the last six games. . . . overall, MSU has had at least 3.0 TFLs in 10 of the 12 games. . . the Spartans’ 3.0 sacks marked their fourth game in a row with 3.0 sacks and fifth in the last six games as part of seven games out of 12 this season.

• Senior safety Xavier Henderson made his 40th career start in playing in his 53rd career game, all as a Spartan. . . Henderson added eight tackles on the day, giving him 38 tackles in the seven games played, missing five with an injury. . . Henderson continues to lead all active Spartans with 283 career tackles, moving up to No. 23 on MSU’s career tackles list. . . he also added 1.0 tackles for loss, giving him 3.0 TFL for the season and 16.5 for his career.

• Freshman defensive back Dillon Tatum made his first career start at cornerback. . . Tatum was the 27th different player to start on defense for the Spartans. . . he also is the 44th different Spartan with at least one start, as MSU is No. 4 in the FBS for most starters used.

• Redshirt sophomore linebacker Cal Haladay posted his third straight double-digit tackle outing with a team and game-best 11 stops Saturday. . . Haladay now has a team-leading 120 tackles on the season, which are the most by a Spartan in a single-season since Greg Jones had 154 tackles in 2009. . . Haladay, a back-to-back Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week earlier this month, has posted 10-plus tackles in four of the last five games as part of seven times this season and now 11 times for his career.

• Haladay also had 0.5 tackles for loss Saturday, as he’s had at least 0.5 TFL in eight of the 12 games, giving him 11.0 TFLs this season

• Redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Simeon Barrow registered 2.0 tackles for loss and 1.0 sack, as he now has 9.0 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks this season.

• Redshirt sophomore defensive end Avery Dunn posted his third game in a row with 1.0 sacks as part of his fourth straight game with at least 1.0 tackles for loss.

• Senior defensive back Kendell Brooks had seven stops, as he has posted five or more stops in all 12 games this season.

• Graduate senior punter Bryce Barringer, the Ray Guy Award Watch List member and five-time Ray’s 8 honoree, had five punts for a 54.4 yards per punt average, marking his sixth game this season averaging 50-plus yards. . . Baringer’s long of 72-yards was a season long and the third-longest of his career behind a 78-yarder and a 74-yarder. . . he had a total of three punts over 50-yards with a 59-yarder in the first quarter, the 72-yarder in the third quarter and a 60-yarder in the fourth quarter and now has 24 punts of 50-plus yards in 50 total punts, good for 48.0 percent of punts going for over 50, including 10 of 60-plus yards, good for 20 percent.

• Barginer has had at least one punt of 50-plus yards in 11 of the 12 games this season and in 28 of 36 career games. . . he also boomed at least one punt for 60+ yards in eight of the 12 games.

• Baringer’s first three punts of the game were all inside the 21, with the first two inside the 20, along with a second-quarter punt going out-of-bounds at the 20. . . Baringer now has 22 punts inside the 20, good for 44 percent of his total punts on the season. . . the two inside the 20 gives Baringer at least one punt inside the 20 in 10 of the 12 games, as part of his sixth outing with multiple punts inside the 20.

• Freshman placekicker Jack Stone split the uprights on a career-long 51-yard field goal as time expired to end the first half. . . Stone’s 51-yarder topped his previous career long of 43-yards which came on Sept. 10, 2022, vs. Akron. . . the 51-yard field goal by Stone was MSU’s first 50-yard goal since Matt Coghlin’s 51-yarder vs. Michigan (Oct. 31, 2020).

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