Fifth-year senior Kyler Elsworth stuffed Stanford's Ryan Hewitt for no gain on a fourth-and-1 play with 1:43 left in the game to preserve MSU's 24-20 victory over the Cardinal in the 2014 Rose Bowl.
In its first-ever Bowl Championship Series appearance, Michigan State rallied from two 10-point deficits for a 24-20 win.
The Spartans finished the season with 10 consecutive victories
Fifth-year senior competing to start in his first career game against Stanford in the Rose Bowl.
'Play the next' mentality has helped MSU win nine consecutive games and a Big Ten Championship.
CAREER NOTES: Four-year letterwinner finished his career with 73 tackles, including 7.5 for losses (37 yards) and three sacks (25 yards), in 54 games . . . former walk-on earned a scholarship prior to the 2011 season.
2013 SEASON (SENIOR): Appeared in all 14 games for the Big Ten and Rose Bowl Champion Spartans . . . collected 14 tackles . . . in his first career start, recorded a season-high four tackles, including 1.5 for losses (2 yards), and was named the Most Valuable Player on Defense in the 100th Rose Bowl Game as the Spartans defeated fifth-ranked Stanford, 24-20; his leaping stop on fourth-and-inches from the Cardinal 34-yard line with 1:46 remaining in the game sealed the victory for Michigan State . . . tied for team lead with nine tackles on special teams (six kick return, three punt return) . . . posted three stops at Northwestern.
2012 SEASON (JUNIOR): Appeared in all 13 games . . . recorded 10 tackles, including 3.5 for losses (24 yards) and 2.5 sacks (22 yards) . . . also had two pass break-ups and two quarterback hurries . . . tallied two tackles, including a half sack (1 yard), in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl against TCU . . . recorded a 13-yard sack late in the fourth quarter in the overtime win at Wisconsin . . . posted three stops, including 2.0 for losses (10 yards) and an 8-yard sack, vs. Iowa; recorded a career-high 17 production points against the Hawkeyes . . . returned a fumble 8 yards, had a pass break-up, and recorded a tackle in win at Central Michigan.
2011 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Appeared in all 14 games, primarily on special teams . . . collected 37 tackles, including 2.5 for losses (11 yards) . . . led team with 15 tackles on special teams . . . recorded a 3-yard tackle for loss and had two stops overall against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game . . . had two tackles and two quarterback hurries vs. Indiana . . . compiled seven stops against Minnesota, including a half tackle for loss (3 yards) . . . produced a career-high 10 tackles and forced a fumble at No. 13 Nebraska (career-best 20 production points); saw extended playing time against the Cornhuskers due to injury to starter Chris Norman . . . named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week after blocking a punt in the second quarter against Wisconsin that resulted in a touchdown; had three tackles in the win over the Badgers, including a key third-down stop against James White on third-and-2, which led to a blocked field goal by the Spartans on the next play . . . compiled five tackles against Central Michigan . . . had three stops against Florida Atlantic.
2010 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Presented the Jim Adams Award (unsung hero) after being selected Scout Team Defensive Player of the Year . . . saw action in all 13 games in 2010, primarily on special teams . . . totaled 12 tackles (7 solos, 5 assists) . . . recorded a season-best three tackles - all solos - at Penn State . . . made stops each vs. Northern Colorado and Wisconsin . . . selected Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week vs. Northern Colorado.
2009 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Illinois.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Earned special mention all-state (Division 3-4) recognition as an all-purpose player in 2008 . . . named to The Flint Journal's All-Area Team and The (Lapeer) County Press Dream Team (Division 1-4) as a senior . . . first-team all-conference selection in 2008 . . . two-way starter (wide receiver and outside linebacker) for Coach Tom Alward at Goodrich (Mich.) High School . . . led the Martians in receptions as a senior, with 40 for 559 yards (14.0 avg.) and five touchdowns . . . recorded 121 tackles, including three sacks, and an interception in 2008 . . . rushed 40 times for 222 yards (5.6 avg.) and nine TDs as a junior . . . produced 153 tackles in 2007 . . . earned All-America honors as a wrestler, compiling a 165-31 career record . . . rated among the nation's best at 189 pounds in the final rankings for 2008-09: No. 7 by Wrestling USA Magazine and No. 14 by ConnectWrestling.com . . . won back-to-back Division 3 state titles at 189 pounds (2008-09) . . . pinned Dundee's Justin Heiseman at the 4:38 mark in the 2009 championship bout . . . named to The Flint Journal's All-Area Wrestling Team . . . selected Co-Wrestler of the Year (upper-weight class) by The County Press . . . went 134-1 over his final two seasons, including 67-1 in 2008 and a perfect 67-0 in 2009 . . . his 67 victories represent the school's single-season record . . . four-sport athlete also lettered in baseball and track . . . son of Richard and Rebecca Elsworth . . . born Aug. 28, 1991. . . zoology major.
CAREER IN BOWL GAMES: In his first career start, recorded a season-high four tackles, including 1.5 for losses (2 yards), and was named the Most Valuable Player on Defense in the 100th Rose Bowl Game as the Spartans defeated fifth-ranked Stanford, 24-20; his leaping stop on fourth-and-inches from the Cardinal 34-yard line with 1:46 remaining in the game sealed the victory for Michigan State . . . recorded two tackles against TCU in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, including a half sack . . . tallied one stop in the 2012 Outback Bowl against No. 18 Georgia . . . saw action on special teams vs. No. 15 Alabama in the 2011 Capital One Bowl.
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