Sept. 3, 2011
Tonight's attendance: 75,910. It marks the largest opening-day home crowd since 1987 vs. USC (77,922).
With its 28-6 victory over Youngstown State, Michigan State improved to 3-0 all-time against opponents from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision.
In its 115-year football history, Michigan State is now 76-36-3 (.674) in season openers, including an 11-2 record (.846) in its last 13 games.
Mark Dantonio is now 6-2 (.750) in career season openers, including a 4-1 record at Michigan State.
The Spartans are now 94-21 (.817) in home openers, including a 13-game winning streak that began in 1999. MSU has won 15 of its last 16 home openers, with the only setback coming to Colorado State, 23-16, in the 1998 Black Coaches Association Classic.
Michigan State improved to 6-4 in its 10 prime-time TV appearances in Spartan Stadium. The Spartans are now 3-0 in home openers played under the lights, including a 27-13 win over USC in 1987 and a 27-20 victory over Oregon in 1999.
Mark Dantonio improved his record to 14-7 (.667) against non-conference opponents, including a 12-1 record in Spartan Stadium. Overall, the Spartans have won 20 of their last 28 non-league games.
B.J. Cunningham produced career highs for receptions (9) and receiving yards (130) as he tied Matt Trannon's record for career receptions with 148 . . . Cunningham also moved into a tie for eighth place on MSU's all-time list with his 14th career TD reception . . . It also marked Cunningham's third career 100-yard receiving game.
Kirk Cousins has now compiled a 17-9 record (.654) in 26 career starts (school record: 21 career victories by Jeff Smoker, 2000-03) . . . Cousins recorded his 16th career 200-yard passing game, completing 18-of-22 throws for 222 yards and one touchdown . . . He completed his first six pass attempts for 114 yards.
In the second half, Michigan State limited Youngstown State to six first downs, 38 rushing yards, 43 passing yards and 81 total yards.
In his first career start, Max Bullough registered 15 tackles, including one for a loss (1 yard) . . . Denicos Allen recorded a career-best nine stops, including 1.5 for losses (4 yards) . . . Johnny Adams matched his career highs for tackles (7) and pass break-ups (2) . . . In his first career start, William Gholston set career highs for tackles (6) and tackles for loss (2 for 4 yards) . . . Darqueze Dennard posted a career-high six tackles . . . Isaiah Lewis' first career interception and 13-yard return helped set up Le'Veon Bell's second rushing touchdown.