Smoker becomes Michigan State's all-time leader in total offense

Updated: August 30, 2003, 8:02 PM ET

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Jeff Smoker became Michigan State's career leader in yards passing and total offense Saturday.

The senior quarterback surpassed Ed Smith when he threw a 59-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Brown, putting the Spartans ahead 14-7 against Western Michigan. Michigan State won 26-21.

Smith, a quarterback at Michigan State from 1976-1978, had 5,556 yards. Smoker came into Saturday's home opener needing 122 yards to break the record.

In the fourth quarter, he supplanted Dave Yarema for the passing mark with a 53-yard completion to Aaron Alexander.

Yarema, who played from 1982-1986, threw for 5,809 yards.

The game also was a triumphant one for Smoker, who returned to the field after he was kicked off the team with five games left last season. His family later announced he was seeking treatment for substance abuse.

Smoker returned to practice with no assurances of regaining the top spot, but eventually won over new coach John L. Smith. He was named the starter earlier this month, beating out Damon Dowdell and Drew Stanton.

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