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Place-kicker shatters 2 'U' records; is leading scorer in history with 312 points

November 8, 2004
Senior place-kicker Dave Rayner punts the ball to Ohio State on Saturday. Rayner broke the all-time scoring school record and field-goals record during the game. In the end, however, the Spartans lost, 32-19. —

Despite MSU's 32-19 loss to Ohio State, senior place-kicker Dave Rayner had a record-setting day - making the MSU all-time field goals record, with 60, and the all-time scoring record, with 312 points.

"It feels good, but it would have felt a lot better if we would have won," Rayner said. "I've been here four years, and I have been kicking ever since I got here, so it feels great to set records."

The records were previously held by John Langeloh, a kicker for the Spartans from 1987-1990, who finished his career with 308 points and 57 field goals, according to the 2004 Michigan State Football Media Guide.

Rayner entered the game in second place behind Langeloh in both categories, with 299 points and 56 field goals. On Saturday, Rayner added 13 points, including four field goals, to surpass Langeloh and rewrite the record books.

"It's kind of evolved the last few years," Rayner said. "The story coming was, I wasn't suppose to kick right away and all that kind of stuff. It feels good to set records and all that stuff - Spartan history."

The four field goals were the second highest all-time in Spartans history. Only Langeloh and Paul Edinger (1996-99) have kicked more in one game, five field goals each, Edinger twice in 1998 and Langeloh once in 1988.

"Dave had a great game, besides the long field goal that he missed, but that was a real tough field goal," sophomore punter Brandon Fields said. "He had a perfect day besides that."

Rayner connected on field goals of 27, 44, 53 and 29 yards. The first two came in the second quarter, cutting the Buckeyes' 10-point lead to seven points and then to four. He had another chance to cut the lead to one, but missed a 54-yard attempt, which would have been his career long.

In the third quarter, Rayner got some redemption from long range as he made a 53-yarder, tying a career long, which he set at Northwestern in 2002. It also was the first time this season Rayner has made a field goal from 50-plus yards.

"The first one, I hit real well," Rayner said about the 54-yard attempt. "I thought it was going to play a little bit into the wind, but it went straight. I made an adjustment on the second one (53 yards) and I made it."

Rayner's last field goal came with 3:06 left in the game, giving the Spartans a 19-17 lead and giving Rayner the hope that he had kicked his first game-winning field goal. In previous games, he had kicked the game-winning score, but he had never kicked a field goal that put the team ahead.

"I still haven't," Rayner said. "I had a chance last week (against Michigan), but..."

When mentioning that he could have had a game-winner against Ohio State, he said, "I thought that might have been enough, but they got us at the end."

Rayner is close to setting two other MSU records in career extra points and field goal makes in a season. He currently has 135 career extra points, and Langeloh holds the record with 137 extra points.

Rayner has made 19 field goals on 27 attempts this season, which means he needs four makes to break the record. He had 22 makes on 29 attempts last season. The 22 makes tied Edinger's 1998 season and Rayner's 29 attempts set the current MSU record for attempts.


Big Ten standings
School Conference Overall
Wisconsin 6-0 9-0
Michigan 6-0 8-1
Iowa 5-1 7-2
Northwestern 4-2 5-4
Ohio State 3-3 6-3
MSU 3-3 4-5
Minnesota 3-4 6-4
Purdue 2-4 5-4
Indiana 1-5 3-6
Illinois 1-6 3-7
Penn State 0-6 2-7
Source: Big Ten

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