Sept. 14, 2013
Michigan State leads the all-time series against Youngstown State, 2-0. The Spartans defeated Youngstown State, 28-6, in the 2011 season opener.
Michigan State also improved to 4-0 all-time against opponents from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).
Michigan State is off to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2010 and the third time under Mark Dantonio (2007, 2010 and 2013).
Michigan State has compiled a 47-17 record (.734) in games played against non-conference opponents since 1999. Mark Dantonio is 24-9 (.727) against non-conference opponents, including a 19-2 record (.905) in Spartan Stadium. Overall, the Spartans have won 30 of their last 40 non-league games.
The Spartans have won 32 of their last 43 games (.744), dating back to the beginning of the 2010 season.
Under Mark Dantonio, Michigan State has produced a 34-11 record (.756) in home games, including a 14-game winning streak spanning the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
Under Mark Dantonio, Michigan State is 38-7 (.844) when leading in time of possession, including a 25-4 record (.862) since 2010.
Under Mark Dantonio, Michigan State is 43-10 (.811) when outrushing its opponent, including a 27-3 record (.900) since 2010. The Spartans are 18-3 (.857) in games when gaining 200 or more yards under Dantonio.
Michigan State topped 50 points for the first time since the 2011 home finale, a 55-3 victory over Indiana (Nov. 19, 2011). MSU's 55 points also matched its top single-game scoring total under Dantonio (55 vs. UAB in 2007 season opener). The 30 first downs also equaled MSU's top single-game total under Dantonio (30 vs. Western Michigan in Week 10 in 2009).
Michigan State produced 547 total yards (277 rushing and 270 passing) - its highest single-game total since rolling up 602 total yards against Western Michigan in Week 10 in 2009. The 547 yards total offense also marked MSU's fifth-highest single-game figure under Dantonio.
Sophomore quarterback Connor Cook recorded his first career 200-yard passing game, setting personal bests for completions (15), attempts (22), passing yards (202) and touchdown passes (4). Cook became the first Spartan QB to throw four TD passes in a game since Brian Hoyer against Penn State in 2007. He also became the first MSU QB to throw four TD passes in a half since Drew Stanton had four scoring tosses in the first half at Illinois in 2005. Cook threw TD passes of 13 yards to Andre Sims Jr., 12 to Trevon Pendleton, 24 to Macgarrett Kings Jr. and 17 to Bennie Fowler. He also finished with a career-best 227 total yards (202 passing and 25 rushing).
Sophomore Andre Sims Jr. scored his first career touchdown on a 13-yard toss from Connor Cook in the first quarter, while sophomore fullback Trevon Pendleton's first career catch went for a score (12 yard from Cook late in the first quarter).
Red-shirt freshman tight end Josiah Price set single-game highs for catches (3) and receiving yards (28).
Michigan State rushed 49 times for 277 yards (5.7 yards per carry) and three touchdowns against Youngstown State. Junior Nick Hill paced the ground attack with nine carries for a career-best 83 yards, including a career-long 35-yard TD run in the third quarter. Hill also accounted for a career-best 144 all-purpose yards (83 rushing yards, 43 kickoff return yards and 18 punt return yards). Junior Jeremy Langford gained 68 yards on 15 attempts and scored a career-best two TDs. Red-shirt freshman Riley Bullough carried 10 times for 34 yards.
For the second game in a row, Michigan State's defense allowed fewer than 180 total yards (172 by Youngstown State and 155 by South Florida). The Spartans limited Youngstown State to 51 yards rushing on 20 carries (2.5 yards per rushing attempt). In 82 games as under head coach Mark Dantonio, the Spartans have held their opponents below 100 yards rushing on 38 occasions (46 percent).
Fifth-year senior outside linebacker Jairus Jones recorded a career-best seven tackles against Youngstown State, including one for a 2-yard loss. Fifth-year senior nose tackle Micajah Reynolds produced a career-high six tackles against the Penguins.
Sophomore defensive end Shilique Calhoun recovered a fumble in his third-straight game. Calhoun also recorded a sack for the second game in a row.
Fifth-year senior kicker Kevin Muma accounted for a career-best 13 points against Youngstown State, going a perfect 2-for-2 on field-goal and 7-for-7 on extra-point attempts. Muma also matched his career high with two made field goals (from 20 and 22 yards in the fourth quarter).