Postgame Notes: Penn State – Michigan State University Athletics

TEAM/SERIES

• MSU finished the regular season with a 5-7 overall record and a 3-6 record in Big Ten play.

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

OFFENSE
• Michigan State’s 229 passing yards marked the Spartans’ 10th game of 12 regular season games in which MSU has thrown for more than 200 yards.

• Redshirt junior quarterback Payton Thorne was 24 of 43 passes for 229 yards with a TD and an INT. . . Thorne completed more than 20 passes for Game 5 this season, while the 229 yards marked his third straight game with more than 200 yards in eight of 12 games this season. . . the TD assist marked Thorne’s 10th game this season with at least one assist in 23 of 29 career games.

• Thorne added a 2-yard rushing touchdown, marking his sixth career game with at least one rushing touchdown and one passing touchdown. . . Thorne has a rushing TD in six different games, having thrown for a pass TD on all but one of those occasions. . . it’s also the second straight game with Penn State that Thorne has 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 ground score was Thorne’s first ground TD of the season and sixth of his career.

• Thorne is now 242-for-387 for the season with 2,679 yards with 19 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. . . the 242 completions ranks 5th on MSU’s single-season passing completions list, surpassing Drew Stanton’s 236 in 2005. . . Thorne’s 387 pass attempts rank 8th on MSU’s single-season pass attempt 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 roster for a single season.

• For his career, Thorne now has 524 of 860 passes for 6,493 yards, ranking 6th on MSU’s career passing list. . . he also moves to No. 6 on the career completions list, as the 524 completions only makes him the seventh Spartan QB with over 500 completions, while also moving to No. career. . . Saturday’s TD pass gave Thorne 49 career touchdowns, ranking 4th on MSU’s career touchdown list.

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

• Second-year wide receiver Keon Coleman maintained his streak of at least two catches in six straight games and in nine of 11 games played since last season, snatching the best eight receptions on Saturday. . . Saturday’s eight catches marked Coleman’s second straight game with eight catches, tying last week’s total and tying for his second career-best total behind nine against Washington (9/17/22). . . with all eight catches, Coleman has had four or more receptions in nine of 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 12 games this season and has gone 17 consecutive games since last season in 33 of 35 career games. . . Mosley’s four catches marked his 11th time of 12 games that Mosley had multiple receptions in Game 6 with three or more catches. . . the 62 yards was Mosley’s second most of the season, behind his best 64 yards against Washington (9/17/22) in his third game this season with 50+ yards.

• Redshirt sophomore tight end Maliq Carr landed a TD in his second straight game after a 5-yard catch last week against Indiana, before Saturday’s 9-yard one-handed catch in the corner of the end zone. . . Carr now has at least one strike in the last six games in 10 of 12 games this season, while the two strikes marked his third straight outing with multiple strikes with Game 4 this season.

• Senior running back in red shirt Elijah Collins led MSU with 10 carries for 33 yards, marking its second straight game with 10+ carries, in third outing this season and 15th career game with double-digit carries.

DEFENSE
• The MSU defense recorded 8.0 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks in Saturday’s game. . . it was the Spartans’ eighth straight game with 4.0 TFL or higher, including 5.0 or higher in the last six games. . . . overall, MSU has had at least 3.0 TFL in 10 of 12 games. . . the Spartans’ 3.0 sacks marked their fourth straight 3.0 sack and fifth in their last six games in seven of 12 games this season.

• Safety of seniors Xavier Henderson made his 40th career start while playing his 53rd career game, all as a Spartan. . . Henderson added eight tackles on the day, giving him 38 tackles in seven games played, missing five with injury. . . Henderson continues to lead all active Spartans with 283 career tackles, moving to 23rd on MSU’s career tackles list. . . he also added 1.0 tackle for the 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 as a cornerback. . . Tatum was the 27th different player to start on defense for the Spartans. . . he is also 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 recorded his third straight double-digit outing with a team and best-11 saves on Saturday. . . Haladay now has a team-leading 120 tackles on the season, which is the most by a Spartan in a single season since Greg Jones had 154 tackles in 2009. . Haladay, a consecutive 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 to lose on Saturday as he had at least 0.5 TFL in eight of 12 games, giving him 11.0 TFL this season.

• Simeon Barrow, the Redshirt’s second defensive tackle, recorded 2.0 tackles lost and 1.0 sacks, while he now has 9.0 tackles lost and 4.0 sacks this season.

• Second-year Redshirt defensive end Avery Dunn posted his third straight game with 1.0 sacks on his fourth straight game with at least 1.0 tackles for a loss.

• Senior defensive back Kendell Brooks has made seven saves, having made five or more saves in 12 games this season.

SPECIAL TEAMS
• Graduate senior bettor Bryce Baringer, a Ray Guy Award watchlist member and five-time Ray’s 8 honoree, had five punts for an average of 54.4 yards per punt, marking his sixth game this season to average over 50 yards. . . . Baringer’s 72-yard run lasted a season and the third-longest of his career behind a 78-yard and a 74-yard run. . . he had a total of three punts over 50 yards with a 59 yards in the first quarter, the 72 yards in the third quarter and a 60 yards in the fourth quarter and now has 24 punts over 50 yards in 50 total of punts, good for 48.0% of punts going for over 50, including 10 over 60 yards, good for 20%.

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

• Baringer’s first three punts of the game were all inside the 21, with the first two being inside the 20, as well as a punt in the second quarter coming off the court at the 20 . . . Baringer now has 22 clearances inside 20, good for 44 percent of his total clearances on the season. . . both inside the 20 give Baringer at least one punt inside the 20 in 10 of 12 games, in his sixth outing with multiple punts inside the 20.

• First-year kicker Jack Stone split the amounts on a 51-yard field goal throughout his career as time expired to end the first half. . . Stone’s 51 yards topped his previous career 43 yards which came on Sept. 10, 2022 against Akron. . . Stone’s 51-yard field goal was MSU’s first 50-yard goal since by Matt Coghlin 51 yards against Michigan (October 31, 2020).

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