Post-Game Notes: South Florida
 
 
 
Connor Cook recorded a win in his first start at quarterback for the Spartans.

 
Connor Cook recorded a win in his first start at quarterback for the Spartans.
 
 

Sep 7, 2013

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• Michigan State won the first-ever meeting against South Florida, 21-6. Mark Dantonio improves to 3-1 lifetime against South Florida (2-1 at Cincinnati and 1-0 at MSU).

• Michigan State is now 14-8-2 (.625) against current members of the American Athletic Conference (1-1 vs. Cincinnati, 0-1 vs. Houston, 1-2 vs. Louisville, 1-0 vs. Memphis, 2-3 vs. Rutgers, 1-0 vs SMU, 1-0 vs. South Florida and 7-1-2 vs. Temple).

• Michigan State has compiled a 46-17 record (.730) in games played against non-conference opponents since 1999. Mark Dantonio is 23-9 (.719) against non-conference opponents, including an 18-2 record (.900) in Spartan Stadium. Overall, the Spartans have won 29 of their last 39 non-league games.

• The Spartans have won 31 of their last 42 games (.738), dating back to the beginning of the 2010 season.

• Under Mark Dantonio, Michigan State has produced a 33-11 record (.750) in home games, including a 14-game winning streak spanning the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

• Under Mark Dantonio, Michigan State is 37-7 (.841) when leading in time of possession, including a 22-4 record (.846) since 2010.

• Under Mark Dantonio, Michigan State is 42-10 (.808) when outrushing its opponent, including a 26-3 record (.897) since 2010.

• For the second game in a row, Michigan State's defense produced two scores. Against South Florida, sophomore defensive end Shilique Calhoun returned a fumble 4 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter and his first career interception 56 yards in the third quarter. In the season opener against Western Michigan, junior free safety Kurtis Drummond returned an interception 21 yards in the first quarter and Calhoun returned a fumble 16 yards in the fourth quarter.

• In two games, sophomore defensive end Shilique Calhoun has scored three defensive touchdowns, returning a fumble 16 yards against Western Michigan plus a fumble 4 yards and an interception 56 yards against South Florida. Calhoun becomes the first Spartan defensive player to score three TDs in one season since linebacker T.J. Turner accounted for three in 12 games in 1999 (88-yard interception return at Purdue; 26-yard fumble return at Northwestern; and 24-yard fumble return vs. Florida in 2000 Florida Citrus Bowl).

• Michigan State's defense limited South Florida to 89 rushing yards on 35 carries (2.5 yards per rushing attempt). In 81 games as under head coach Mark Dantonio, the Spartans have held their opponents below 100 yards rushing on 37 occasions (46 percent).

• Michigan State's defense allowed 12 first downs, 89 rushing yards, 66 passing yards and 155 total yards against South Florida. The Spartans recorded six tackles for loss (27 yards), including three sacks (20 yards), five pass break-ups and 11 quarterback hurries. In addition, the Bulls went one-of-13 (.077) on third-down conversions.

• Junior free safety Kurtis Drummond recorded nine tackles against South Florida, just one off his career high (10 vs. Nebraska in 2012).

• For the second week in a row, fifth-year senior linebacker Denicos Allen recorded a sack and moved into seventh place on MSU's all-time list with 16 career sacks. Allen also was credited with eight tackles, a pass break-up and a quarterback hurry against South Florida.

• Fifth-year senior defensive end Denzel Drone posted a career-best five tackles against South Florida.

• Sophomore quarterback Connor Cook earned his first career start against South Florida. Cook completed 6-of-11 passes for 32 yards and rushed nine times for 10 yards. Michigan State's last 20 quarterbacks have compiled a 14-6 record (.700) in their first collegiate start, including a 10-2 mark (.833) in home games.

• In his first career start against South Florida, junior Nick Hill set career highs for carries (9) and rushing yards (63).

• Junior punter Mike Sadler averaged 45.6 yards on seven punts against South Florida, placing four kicks inside the opponent's 20-yard line. In two games, Sadler has placed 10 of his 18 punts (56 percent) inside the opponent's 20.