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Michigan State soccer’s Jalen Nailor set a career-high in receiving yards final week.

He rapidly topped that within the first half Saturday towards Rutgers.

The redshirt junior receiver scored touchdowns of 63, 63 and 65 yards within the first half in Piscataway, N.J. to assist the Spartans take the lead towards the upset-minded Scarlet Knights.

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Nailor — who led the Large Ten final season at 19.8 yards per reception — had 4 catches for 208 yards within the first half, breaking Larry Fitzgerald’s report at SHI Stadium, en path to the sixth 200-yard receiving recreation in MSU historical past. Charles Rogers holds the varsity report with 270 receiving yards in a recreation. Plaxico Burress holds the varsity report for a convention recreation at 255 yards.



a group of baseball players standing next to a fence: Michigan State receiver Jalen Nailor (8) celebrates his touchdown and is lifted by center Nick Samac during the second quarter against Penn State, Dec. 12, 2020 in University Park, Pa.


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Michigan State receiver Jalen Nailor (8) celebrates his landing and is lifted by heart Nick Samac in the course of the second quarter towards Penn State, Dec. 12, 2020 in College Park, Pa.

Quarterback Payton Thorne went 11-for-15 for 295 passing yards within the first half, averaging 19.7 per completion as MSU took a 21-13 lead into halftime.

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The double transfer

6:05, first quarter: Nailor broke out vs. Western Kentucky per week in the past with a team-high 12 targets for profession highs of eight catches and 128 yards. He picked up the place he left off Saturday vs. Rutgers. The primary deep ball was on a double transfer on a lovely play design, as he discovered himself extensive open behind the protection for a straightforward pitch-and-catch from Thorne, tying the sport at 7 lower than a minute after Rutgers took the lead. The Spartans faked a fast display screen to Jayden Reed on the play, freezing the protection.

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Over-the-shoulder

10:18, second quarter: A number of possessions later, after Rutgers took a 10-7 benefit, Thorne threw a pleasant ball to the surface shoulder of Nailor, who made an ideal over-the-shoulder seize alongside the sideline. 

After steadying himself, Nailor streaked again throughout the center of the discipline, his observe velocity proving an excessive amount of for the Scarlet Knights in racing to his second 63-yard landing of the sport. He has the nickname “Speedy” for a purpose.

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Flea-flicker strikes once more

6:10, second quarter: MSU’s third lengthy landing on a flea-flicker this season got here on the primary play after a Rutgers discipline purpose lower the Spartans’ result in 14-13.

As Kenneth Walker III took the handoff, Nailor, lined up extensive proper, lulled the cornerback to sleep, then accelerated previous him. He needed to gradual up barely to obtain the deep ball, then high-stepped previous a diving sort out try and cruised down the sideline for his third rating.

In lower than six full video games, Thorne now has 5 landing passes of 60 yards or longer, tied for probably the most in a season for a Large Ten quarterback since 2003. 

Observe the second half for extra dwell updates and evaluation right here.

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This text initially appeared on Detroit Free Press: Michigan State soccer’s Jalen Nailor torches Rutgers in record-breaking trend

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