2001 Silicon Valley Football Classic

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2001 Silicon Valley Football Classic
1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan State 17 20 0 7 44
Fresno State 14 7 7 7 35
Date December 31, 2001
Season 2001
Stadium Spartan Stadium
Location San Jose, California
MVP Charles Rogers (MSU)
Nick Myers (MSU)
Referee Clair Gausman
Attendance 30,456
United States TV coverage
Network FSN
Silicon Valley Football Classic
 < 2000  2002

The 2001 Silicon Valley Football Classic was a post-season college football bowl game between the Michigan State Spartans and the Fresno State Bulldogs on December 31, 2001, at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, California. It was the second time the Silicon Valley Football Classic was played and the final game of the 2001 NCAA Division I-A football season for both teams. Michigan State defeated Fresno State 44–35.[1][2]

Future NFL players David Carr, Jeff Smoker, Charles Rogers, TJ Duckett, and Bernard Berrian all played in this game. [3]

Scoring summary[edit]

First Quarter[edit]

  • Fresno State – Stephen Spach 5 pass from David Carr (Asen Asparuhov kick), 14:01 left.
  • Michigan State – Charles Rogers 72 pass from Jeff Smoker (Dave Rayner kick), 6:16 left.
  • Fresno State – Rodney Wright 36 pass from David Carr (Asen Asparuhov kick), 3:20 left.
  • Michigan State – FG Dave Rayner 41, 0:05 left. Drive: 7 plays, 59 yards, TOP 3:15.

Second Quarter[edit]

  • Michigan State – T.J. Duckett 5 run (Dave Rayner kick), 8:53 left.
  • Fresno State – Rodney Wright 79 pass from David Carr (Asen Asparuhov kick), 7:47 left.
  • Michigan State – T.J. Duckett 39 run (Dave Rayner kick), 5:05 left.
  • Michigan State – Charles Rogers 69 pass from Jeff Smoker (Dave Rayner kick failed), 3:05 left.

Third Quarter[edit]

  • Fresno State – Paris Gaines 2 run (Asen Asparuhov kick), 6:54 left.

Fourth Quarter[edit]

  • Fresno State – Paris Gaines 15 pass from David Carr (Asen Asparuhov kick), 6:04 left.
  • Michigan State – Ivory McCoy 5 pass from Jeff Smoker (Dave Rayner kick), 1:59 left.

Statistics[edit]

Statistics Michigan State Fresno State
First Downs 23 25
Rushing Yards 210 29
Passing Yards 376 531
Passes (Att-Comp-Int) 32-22-1 58-35-2
Total Yards 586 560
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-1
Penalties-Yards 8-64 6-30
Punts-Average 6-38.7 5-39.6
Punt Return Yards 2-3 3-27
Kickoff Return Yards 5-108 6-115

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