Aug 31, 2013
Michigan State now leads the all-time series against Western Michigan, 11-2, including an 8-0 mark in games played in Spartan Stadium. The Spartans have won the last nine meetings. Michigan State is 4-0 against the Broncos in season openers (1997, 2003, 2010 and 2013). Mark Dantonio improves to 3-0 in his MSU career against WMU.
Michigan State is now 37-6 (.860) against current members of the Mid-American Conference (2-0 vs. Akron, 2-0 vs. Bowling Green, 6-3 vs. Central Michigan, 9-0 vs. Eastern Michigan, 1-0 vs. Kent State, 1-0 vs. UMass, 3-1 vs. Miami-Ohio, 1-0 vs. Ohio, 1-0 vs. Toledo and 11-2 vs. Western Michigan). MSU has won 28 of its last 31 games against MAC opponents.
Michigan State is now 78-36-3 (.679) in season openers, including a 13-2 record (.867) in its last 15 games.
Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio has compiled an 8-2 record (.800) in season openers. Dantonio is 6-1 in season-opening games at MSU, with the only loss coming at California in 2008, 38-31.
Michigan State is now 96-21 (.821) in home openers, including a 15-game winning streak that began in 1999. The Spartans have won 17 of their last 18 home openers, with the only setback coming to Colorado State, 23-16, in the 1998 Black Coaches Association Classic. Mark Dantonio is 7-0 in home openers at MSU.
Friday's Michigan State-Western Michigan game marks just the 14th night game in the 90-year history of
Spartan Stadium. Michigan State is now 9-5 (.643) in night games played in Spartan Stadium. Four of those wins came over ranked opponents (No. 19 USC in 1987, No. 10 Notre Dame in 1998,
No. 4 Wisconsin in 2011 and No. 24 Boise State in 2012). Michigan State is now 4-0 in season-opening night games in Spartan Stadium, while Mark Dantonio is 6-2 in night games at Spartan Stadium.
Michigan State has compiled a 45-17 record (.726) in games played against non-conference opponents
Since 1999. Mark Dantonio is 22-9 (.710) against non-conference opponents, including a 17-2 record (.895) in Spartan Stadium. Overall, the Spartans have won 28 of their last 38 non-league games.
The Spartans have won 30 of their last 41 games (.732), dating back to the beginning of the 2010 season.
Under Mark Dantonio, Michigan State has produced a 32-11 record (.744) in home games, including a 14-game winning streak spanning the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
Under Mark Dantonio, Michigan State is 36-7 (.837) when leading in time of possession, including a 21-4 record (.840) since 2010.
Under Mark Dantonio, Michigan State is 41-10 (.804) when outrushing its opponent, including a 25-3 record (.893) since 2010.
Michigan State's defense accounted for two scores against Western Michigan, as Kurtis Drummond returned an interception 21 yards in the first quarter and Shilique Calhoun returned a fumble 16 yards in the fourth quarter. It marked the first time the Spartan defense produced two touchdowns in a game since 2007 at Ohio State (Otis Wiley interception return and Sir Darean Adams fumble return).
Michigan State's defense limited Western Michigan to 11 rushing yards on 27 carries (0.4 yards per rushing attempt). In 80 games as under head coach Mark Dantonio, the Spartans have held their opponents below 100 yards rushing on 36 occasions.
Michigan State's defense recorded three interceptions, nine tackles for losses, including five sacks, 11 pass break-ups and eight quarterback hurries. The last time the Spartans totaled more than 11 pass break-ups came in 2008 at Northwestern (12).
In his first career start at tailback, junior Jeremy Langford set career highs for carries (20) and rushing yards (94). Langford also scored his first career offensive touchdown on a 2-yard run late in the first half. It marked his second career TD as Langford returned a fumble 37 yards for a score against Florida Atlantic in 2011.
Fifth-year senior linebacker Jairus Jones recorded the first two interceptions of his career.
Senior linebacker Max Bullough matched his career high with 2.5 tackles for loss (previous at Wisconsin, 2012).
Junior defensive end Marcus Rush equaled his career best with 2.0 sacks (previous at Northwestern, 2011). Rush's 9-yard sack against Zach Terrell in the fourth quarter resulted in a fumble that sophomore defensive end Shilique Calhoun returned 16 yards for a touchdown.
Senior cornerback Darqueze Dennard matched his career high with three pass break-ups (previous vs. Boise State, 2012).
Junior Mike Sadler averaged 38.5 yards on 11 punts, including a career-best six kicks downed inside the Western Michigan 20-yard line.