2003 FBL at Michigan State -- Postgame Notes
MGOBLUE
MGOBLUE

MGOBLUE

Today's attendance of 75,129 is the 32nd straight sellout at Spartan Stadium. All 10 of Michigan's games this year have been sellouts.

Michigan's special teams captain for today's game was junior outside linebacker Pierre Woods.

Michigan defeated its second top 10-ranked opponent and ended a two-game losing streak at Spartan Stadium. The Wolverines are 4-2 against ranked teams this year, including a 2-2 record on the road.

Head coach Lloyd Carr holds a 13-3 record against top-10 ranked opponents during his career. Carr is 6-3 all-time against the Spartans.

With the win, Michigan improves its all-time record against MSU to 63-28-5. It is the 30th time U-M has claimed the "Paul Bunyan Trophy" since it was first contested in 1953.

Michigan improves its all-time record at Spartan Stadium to 17-10-2.

Fifth-year senior quarterback John Navarre finished the game with 223 yards passing on 17-of-31 attempts with three touchdowns and one interception. It was his seventh game with more than 200 yards passing this year, which ties him for fifth-best all-time in school history. He owns the record with nine games in 2002 and threw eight times for more than 200 yards in 2001. He added to his career record, as it was the 25th time he has thrown for more than 200 yards in a game.

With the three touchdown passes today, Navarre increased his career total to 67, which is four shy of the school record (71) held by Elvis Grbac (1989-92). Navarre has passed for at least one touchdown in all 10 games this season. For the season, Navarre is 200-for-348 for 2,494 yards and has thrown 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions. In 47 career games and 39 starts, he is 695-for-1,257 for 8,417 yards with 67 touchdowns.

Senior tailback Chris Perry finished the game with 219 yards on a school-record 51 carries and one touchdown. It was his first career 100-yard rushing game on the road. Perry has 10 career 100-yard rushing games, with the first nine coming at home. It is the second time he has rushed for over 200 yards in his career. Perry was named the Chevrolet Player of the Game along with Michigan State quarterback Jeff Smoker.

Perry has amassed 1,313 yards on 258 carries this season, which is good for eighth place on Michigan's list for season attempts. He jumped from 18th place to 12th place on the yardage list. In 44 career games, Perry has a total of 3,335 on 732 carries.

Perry's 219 rushing yards are the most by an individual against MSU this season. He is the second running back this season to post a 100-yard game against the Spartans. Iowa's Fred Russell rushed for 122 yards against MSU earlier this year.

Perry's 51 rushing attempts are a new single-game Michigan record. The previous record of 42 was held jointly by Ron Johnson (11/4/67 vs. Northwestern) and Anthony Thomas (10/30/99 at Indiana). Perry's career attempts total of 732 ranks him third all-time on Michigan's list. He surpassed Tyrone Wheatley (688 from 1991-94) and Butch Woolfolk (718 from 1978-81). Perry needs 78 more attempts to pass Jamie Morris (809 from 1984-87) for second on the list. It is the most rushing plays an individual opponent has ever attempted against MSU.

Junior Braylon Edwards' touchdown catches of 40 yards and 16 yards gave him a team-leading 11 touchdowns on the season. The 11 TDs this season puts him in a five-way tie for fourth place on Michigan's list. Edwards surpassed his career high of 10 scores set last year. He also became just the second Wolverine to score double-digit receiving touchdowns in back-to-back seasons. Desmond Howard accomplished the feat in 1990 and 1991. It is also Edwards' second straight two-touchdown game and his fourth this season.

Edwards caught seven balls for 103 yards and two touchdowns against Michigan State. He has caught three or more passes in 23 straight games. Edwards ranks eighth all-time on Michigan's career receptions list with 129.

Edwards' two touchdowns push his career total to 21, which puts him in fifth place all-time on the U-M list. Coming into the game, Edwards' 19 touchdowns tied him for fifth with Tai Streets (1995-98). He needs one TD to tie Derrick Alexander (1989-93) for fourth place (22).

Fifth-year senior tight end Andy Mignery caught a career-long 26-yard pass from Navarre in the third quarter for his second career touchdown.

Fifth-year senior defensive back Jeremy LeSueur recorded one pass breakup against MSU and is tied for seventh all-time on Michigan's career PBUs list with 23.

Junior inside linebacker Scott McClintock's interception on the final play of the game was his first career INT.


Sign up for Michigan Insider to be the first to learn about 2014 Michigan football ticket opportunities.