September 3, 2011

Cunningham ties career reception record

EAST LANSING - Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins was not thinking much about the all-time Spartan career receptions mark that was tied by B.J. Cunningham on Friday night. Cousins was just trying to get the football into the hands of his hot receiver.

Cunningham was that man from the start to the finish of Michigan State's 28-6 win over Youngstown State. Cunningham set career bests for receptions (9) and receiving yards (130) in a game on his way to tying Matt Trannon's career receptions record of 148.

"It's always in the back of your mind, but at the same time when you're in the middle of a play, you're not thinking about it, we're just trying to execute," said Cousins. "What you'll find though is that good receivers find a way to get open and find a way to draw the quarterback's attention. There were times tonight where B.J. wasn't the primary, he wasn't the secondary but he was the third or fourth option. But I was getting to him because he finds a way to get open. I think that's a credit to him and an attribute of a good receiver."

Cunningham thought about the record a little bit more than his quarterback. He couldn't help thinking about it. He was given progress reports from his teammates every time he went back to the sideline.

"It is always in the back of your head," Cunningham said. "I wasn't thinking about it on the field but then when I got back to the sideline people would tell me how many catches that I had and stuff like that, but I wasn't really worried about it. I was just out there playing ball and if the ball comes my way, I catch it."

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