Scores

Final

Florida Atl 0

(1-2, 0-2 away)

Michigan State 17

(2-1, 2-0 home)

12:00 PM ET, September 13, 2008

Spartan Stadium, EAST LANSING, MI

1 2 3 4 T
FAU 0 0 0 00
MSU 0 7 3 717

Top Performers

Passing: R. Smith (FAU) - 143 YDS

Rushing: J. Ringer (MSU) - 43 CAR, 282 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: R. Housler (FAU) - 1 REC, 71 YDS

Michigan St. blanks FAU behind Ringer's career-high 282 rushing yards

Associated Press

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Javon Ringer splashed his way to a career-high 282 yards rushing and scored two touchdowns Saturday to lead Michigan State past Florida Atlantic 17-0 in a nearly constant rain.

Ringer, who had a career-high 43 carries, gave Michigan State a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter on a 21-yard run. He ran into traffic up the middle, hid behind his offensive line for a fraction of a second, then darted left and headed to the end zone.

It would be all the points the Spartans (2-1) needed as the Florida Atlantic (1-2) offense stalled in the deluge.

Ringer's running set up the Spartans' second score, a 22-yard field goal by Brett Swenson midway through the third quarter to give Michigan State a 10-0 lead. Ringer's 11-yard TD run early in the fourth put the Spartans ahead 17-0.

Ringer's previous record was 203, set last year against Indiana. His 282-yard day ranks fourth in school history.

The Owls are in their eighth football season -- all under 74-year-old coach Howard Schnellenberger. The program's biggest wins came last year over Big Ten member Minnesota in the regular season and against Memphis in the New Orleans Bowl.

But the Owls' bid for an upset Saturday never materialized.

Trailing 17-0 midway through the fourth quarter, Florida Atlantic quarterback Rusty Smith couldn't handle a snap inside the Michigan State 5-yard line. The fumble was recovered by Spartans safety Danny Fortener.

Smith was 8-for-34 for 143 yards. Michigan State's Brian Hoyer completed 5 of 15 for 88 yards with an interception.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
FAU
MSU
1st Downs918
Total Yards225347
Passing14388
Rushing82259
Penalties7-535-50
3rd Down Conversions2-153-16
4th Down Conversions0-30-0
Turnovers22
Possession22:3337:27

Passing Leaders

Florida AtlanticC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Smith8/341434.200
Michigan StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hoyer5/15885.901

Rushing Leaders

Florida AtlanticCARYDSAVGTDLG
Pierre12574.8013
Edgecomb7375.3016
Michigan StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ringer432826.6232
Cunningham11818.0018

Receiving Leaders

Florida AtlanticRECYDSAVGTDLG
Housler17171.0071
Grant34113.7041
Michigan StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Dell14747.0047
White12020.0020

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERFAUMSU
TD12:05Javon Ringer 21 Yd Run (Brett Swenson Kick) 07
THIRD QUARTERFAUMSU
FG06:26Brett Swenson 22 Yd 010
FOURTH QUARTERFAUMSU
TD13:15Javon Ringer 11 Yd Run (Brett Swenson Kick) 017