Maryland vs. Michigan State: stats, Spartan names to know

Maryland football won’t just kick off conference play on Saturday against Michigan State, but the Terps are set to embark on their first road game of the season in hopes of winning their first game in East Lansing since 1950. Maryland will look to move to 4-0 for the second time in the last three seasons with a chance to win its sixth consecutive game for the first time in 20 years. We look at the stats and names to know from the Spartans:

Team stats (Big Ten ranking)
Michigan State

Scoring offense: 27.7 (8th)

Total offense: 377.3 (7th)

Rushing offense: 114 (13th)

Passing offense: 263.3 (4th)

Sacks against: 4 (t-4th)

Scoring defense: 20.7 (10th)

Total defense: 375 (12th)

Rushing defense: 125 (10th)

Passing defense: 250 (12th)

Interceptions: 2 (t-5th)

Sacks by: 10 (2nd)

Maryland

Scoring offense: 39.3 (3rd)

Total offense: 480 (1st)

Rushing offense: 176 (5th)

Passing offense: 304 (2nd)

Sacks against: 3 (t-3rd)

Scoring defense: 13.3 (6th)

Total defense: 314.7 (8th)

Rushing defense: 121.3 (8th)

Passing defense: 193.3 (6th)

Interceptions: 4 (t-3rd)

Sacks by: 7 (5th)

Key Spartans: offense

QB Noah Kim: After playing in four games in 2022, Saturday marks Kim’s first career start in Big Ten play as he sits in the middle of the pack in conference passing stats. Kim began the season finding his groove, throwing for at least 275 yards in the first two games of the season, while being named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for nearly 300 yards on 18-of-22 passing, including 15 consecutive completions, in the win vs. Richmond. Still, the Centreville, Virginia native will look to shake off a rusty performance last week after finishing 12-of-31 for 136 yards and an interception against Washington. Michigan State’s offense failed to find the endzone with Kim under center a week ago as the passing attack stalled, partly due to Kim’s inaccuracy, as the Spartans will look to bounce back.

RB Nathan Carter: Michigan State’s running back room heads into this weekend banged up with Jalen Berger sidelined heading into Saturday. The Spartans’ rushing attack is led by Nathan Carter who sits third in the Big Ten in rushing yards per game (90.7), despite the Spartans sitting second-to-last as a team in the category. Carter also enters Saturday fourth in the Big Ten with four rushing touchdowns, thanks to breaking a 16-year record after scoring three touchdowns in one quarter against Richmond. A UConn transfer, Carter posted over 100 rushing yards in each of the season’s first two games while averaging over six yards per carry.

WR Tre Mosley: the fifth-year receiver will make his 25th career start on Saturday as he leads the team in catches (11) this season, adding to his 109 career receptions. Mosley isn’t along with redshirt junior Christian Fitzpatrick leading the team in receiving yards (164) while redshirt freshman Jaron Glover has added another 162 yards, but Mosley is the engine that makes the passing attack go. Heading into the season, Mosley was named to both the Senior Bowl and Wuerffel Trophy Watch Lists and leads all skill players with 24 career starts.

OL J.D. Duplain & Spencer Brown: Duplain will make his team-leading 34th consecutive and 39th career start for the Spartans at left guard with Nick Samac making his third consecutive start at center. Duplain is the beast in the trenches for the Spartans, where the two-time honorable mention All-Big Ten selection. Brown is the second-most experienced lineman for the Spartans where he’ll make his 17th consecutive start at right tackle. The Spartans’ offensive line allowed two of their four sacks against Washington as pass protection has been an issue, but the experienced tandem will prove to be a test for a Maryland defensive line looking to

Key Spartans: defense

DL Zion Young: the Spartans’ defensive line has been restored through the portal with Khris Bogle (Florida) and Derrick Harmon (Oklahoma) leading the way. Michigan State also has Simeon Barrow, Tunmise Adeleye (Texas A&M), Ken Talley (Penn State), former four-star Jordan Hall and Dre Butler (Auburn/Liberty) in the rotation, but Young has been the most efficient lineman heading into conference play. Young leads the team with three TFLs and is tied for second with 1.5 sacks after a productive performance vs. Richmond. Michigan State’s efficiency in the trenches through the first two weeks has helped the Spartans enter Saturday second in the Big Ten in sacks (10), and for a Maryland offensive line working to build momentum, Young leads a deep Spartan line hoping to disrupt that.

SAF Jaden Mangham & Malik Spencer: the sophomore safety tandem of Mangham and Spencer will look to take advantage of any possible mishap in Maryland’s passing attack as the duo enters Saturday second and third on the team in tackles, combining for 33 tackles on the year. Mangham is also one of two Spartans to register an interception this season and is coming off a career-high eight tackle performance vs. Washington. Mangham and Spencer are expected to make their sixth and fourth career starts on Saturday.

LB Cal Haladay: alongside Jacoby Windmon, Cal Haladay is the heart of the Spartans’ defense. Haladay was named to the multiple preseason watch lists, including the Butkus Award, Nagurski Trophy and Chuck Bednarik Award as the redshirt junior leads the Spartans with 22 total tackles Haladay will lead the defense in his 15th consecutive start against Maryland, while he’s one of five players with at least two TFLs this season.

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