Senior quarterback Tom Brady (San Mateo, Calif./Serra HS) passed for a season-best 285 yards on 30-of-41 passing against Michigan State and threw two touchdown passes. Brady threw a touchdown pass for the 11th straight Big Ten game, and he has thrown two TDs in each of the three conference games this year. He played in his 25th career game against Michigan State and made his 19th consecutive starting assignment at quarterback.
Gold Paces Defense
Senior inside linebacker Ian Gold (Belleville, Mich./Belleville HS) paced Michigan's defense by equaling his career high with 13 tackles against Michigan State. Gold made his 15th career start in the MSU game and played in his 35th career contest. With his 13-tackle effort, Gold surpassed the 150-tackle mark in his career (152 career stops).
Knight Has Second Straight 100-Yard Receiving Game
Senior wide receiver Marcus Knight (Sylacauga, Ala./Comer HS) had his second straight 100-yard receiving day, catching five passes for 125 yards and one touchdown. Knight hauled in the third longest pass in school history, an 81-yard TD strike from sophomore quarterback Drew Henson (Brighton, Mich./Brighton HS) in the second quarter. Knight caught both fourth-down receptions that kept drives alive, making five- and eight-yard grabs from Tom Brady.
Terrell Makes 10 Receptions
Sophomore wide receiver David Terrell (Richmond, Va./Huguenot HS) caught a career-high 10 passes for 86 yards and one touchdown in the loss to Michigan State. Terrell made six third-down receptions that were converted for first downs (16, 21, 14, 3, 2 and 4 yards). He hauled in a 19-yard TD pass from Tom Brady in the fourth quarter and saw action defensively on three plays. Terrell surpassed the 50-catch plateau in his career (52 receptions for 654 yards and five TDs).
Epstein Equals School Record
Sophomore placekicker Hayden Epstein (Cardiff, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) equaled the Michigan school record with a 56-yard field goal to get Michigan on the board against Michigan State. Epstein tied Mike Gillette's 56-yard effort at Ohio State on Nov. 19, 1988, and in the process scored the longest field goal ever made against the Spartans. The field goal was also the first made in his career (missed his only two previous attempts this season).
Sargent Notches Career-Long Punt
Senior/junior Cory Sargent (South Lyon, Mich./South Lyon HS) punted a career-high eight times against Michigan State for 359 yards (44.9 avg.). Sargent had a career-long 58-yard punt in the first quarter and added a 55-yarder in the second quarter.
Askew Special Teams
Freshman running back B.J. Askew (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain HS) had a big day on special teams, recording four solo tackles on punt coverage against Michigan State. Askew doubled his career tackle output with his performance in the game (eight tackles, six solo, two assists).
Other Player Starts, Games Played and Milestones
-- Seniors Tate Schanski (Perry, Mich./Perry HS) and Rob Renes (Holland, Mich./West Ottawa HS) played in their 40th career games. Schanski saw action on special teams, while Renes added four solo tackles.
-- Senior rush linebacker James Hall (New Orleans, La./St. Augustine HS) started his 30th career game in the Michigan State contest, collecting four tackles and one quarterback sack. Hall moved into a tie for second on Michigan's career sack list with the 24 in his career.
-- Senior inside linebacker Dhani Jones (Potomac, Md./Winston Churchill HS) made his 25th career starting assignment in the Michigan State game and recorded three tackles in the contest.
-- Juniors Anthony Thomas (Winnfield, La./Winnfield HS), James Whitley (Norfolk, Va./Norview HS) and Eric Wilson (Monroe, Mich./Monroe HS) played in their 30th career games for the Wolverines.
-- Sophomore cornerback Todd Howard (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook HS) contributed four tackles against Michigan State and was credited with three pass break-ups. Howard has seven PBUs in the last two games and has a team-leading 11 this season. He is fourth in the single-season record book and needs four pass break-ups to equal Charles Woodson's school record of 15 set during the 1996 season.