October 25, 2008
Video:Hoyer, Ringer, Blair White on winning at Michigan
EAST LANSING - Michigan State seniors Javon Ringer and Brian Hoyer were joined by former walk-on Blair White at the podium following Michigan State's 35-21 win over Michigan at Michigan Stadium on Saturday.
White was an unexpected hero for the Spartans. The junior receiver caught 4 receptions for a career high 143 yards. White's longest reception was a 61-yard touchdown from Hoyer on the first series of the game. White was also a key figure for Hoyer on third downs.
"You don't know who is going to be the stars in this game," said Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio. Blair came in and had a huge play on the first third down, and then he goes 60-plus yards on a slant. It was a big play. He had a couple of other big plays on third down for first downs, and one on that next to last drive when it was probably too far to kick. Blair is a gamer and a tremendous competitor.
"As a nonscholarship player, you have to prove that you can. A scholarship player has to prove that he can't."
Brian Hoyer had one of the best games of his Spartan career. Hoyer completed 17 of his 29 pass attempts for 282 yards with 3 touchdowns. Hoyer was sacked 5 times but refused to let the pressure applied by Michigan's Brandon Graham impact his confidence.
Hoyer was steady throughout the game. His poise was key in Michigan State's ability to bounce back from a 21-14 deficit in the third quarter.
"I think collectively, as a program, we got the monkey off our back," said Hoyer. "Eighteen years of coming down here, this is my first time, and it's my last time. That's pretty special. It's a great accomplishmnt to do this in my last chance. I think it's a statement.
"Coach Treadwell talked before the game about making a change. We need to make a change in this rivalry and make a change in this state. I think the state is probably more green today than it was yesterday."
After being held below 100 yards the past three games, Ringer piled up 194 yards on 37 carries. Ringer finished with two touchdowns.
The Spartan senior was impressed with Michigan's defense.
"I'm not going to say that they were getting tired," said Ringer. "I think their defense continued to play hard the entire game. They kept pounding and they kept hitting; they never let up. They kept going to the ball really well. Their defense never gave up. It's a credit to our offensive line; they were really dominant today."
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