Post-Game Notes: Boise State
Sept. 1, 2012
Tonight's attendance: 78,709. It marks MSU's largest crowd for a home opener since 1990 (80,401 vs. Notre Dame).
Michigan State held Boise State without an offensive touchdown for the first time since the Broncos were shutout by Washington State, 58-0, on Sept. 27, 1997. The 13 points marked the Broncos' second-lowest point total under Chris Petersen (10 vs. Washington in 2007).
Michigan State held Boise State to 37 rushing yards and 206 yards of total offense, both lows in the Chris Petersen era.
In its 116-year football history, Michigan State is 77-36-3 (.677) in season openers, including a 12-2 record (.857) in its last 14 games.
Mark Dantonio has compiled a 7-2 career record (.778) in season openers, including a 5-1 mark (.833) in season-opening games at MSU.
In its 116-year football history, Michigan State is 95-21 (.819) in home openers, including a 14-game winning streak that began in 1999. The Spartans have won 16 of their last 17 home openers.
Michigan State is 8-4 (.667) in prime-time TV appearances in Spartan Stadium. Four of those eight wins have come 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). Mark Dantonio is 5-1 (.833) in night games played in Spartan Stadium.
Michigan State has compiled a 41-16 record (.719) in games played against non-conference opponents since 1999. Mark Dantonio is 18-8 (.692) against non-conference opponents, including a 15-1 record in Spartan Stadium. Overall, the Spartans have won 24 of their last 33 non-league games (.727).
Michigan State is 30-6 (.833) in home games under Mark Dantonio, including its current 15-game winning streak, which is the fifth-longest in school history and its longest home streak since winning 19 straight from 1950-53 (teams coached by Clarence "Biggie" Munn). The 15-game home winning streak is tied for the third-longest active home winning streak in NCAA FBS (LSU -17; Wisconsin - 16; Michigan State/Northern Illinois -15).
The Spartans have won 23 of their last 28 games, dating back to the beginning of the 2010 season.
Over the last three seasons (2010-12), Michigan State is 9-1 (.900) in games decided by 10-point or less.
Tonight's game marked just the ninth time Michigan State opened the season against an opponent ranked in The Associated Press Top 25 and the first time since entertaining No. 15 Colorado State in Spartan Stadium in 1998. The Spartans are 3-5-1 (.389) in season openers played against ranked opponents. Tonight's game also marked just the fifth time MSU played host to a ranked opponent in its season opener (No. 3 Ohio State in 1975; No. 16 USC in 1987; No. 2 Nebraska in 1995; No. 15 Colorado State in 1998; and No. 24 Boise State in 2012).
The Spartans have won six of their last 10 games played against AP Top 25 teams (2010-12).
Michigan State's last 19 quarterbacks have compiled a 13-6 record (.684) in their first collegiate start, including a 9-2 mark in home games.
Le'Veon Bell set career highs for rushing attempts (44), rushing yards (210), receptions (6), receiving yards (55) and all-purpose yards (265)...Bell outgained the entire Boise State offense, 210-206...He gained 84 of his 210 yards after contact...His 210 rushing yards are tied for the 23rd-highest single-game total in school history...He becomes the first Spartan running back to eclipse the 200-yard mark since Javon Ringer gained 201 yards on 39 rushes against Notre Dame in 2008...Bell's 265 all-purpose yards rank as the 10th-highest single-game total in Spartan history...It marked his seventh career multi-TD game. Bell has scored two rushing TDs in each of the last three season openers (vs. Western Michigan in 2010, vs. Youngstown State in 2011 and Boise State in 2012)...his 44 carries tied for fourth most in school history...the 210 rushing yards were the most by a Big Ten running back in a season opener since Purdue's Ralph Bolden in 2009 (234 vs. Toledo).
Dion Sims recorded career highs for receptions (7) and receiving yards (65).
As a team, Michigan State rushed 52 times for 213 yards against Boise State. The Spartans recorded only one 200-yard rushing game during the entire 2011 season (39 rushing attempts for 213 yards vs. Michigan).
In his first career start, Jairus Jones recorded a career-best six tackles.
Darqueze Dennard posted five tackles to go along with a career-high three pass break-ups.
RJ Williamson recorded an interception in his Spartan debut. His interception came in the end zone early in the second quarter, as Joe Southwick's third-down pass attempt from the MSU 9 was deflected by Isaiah Lewis.