Post-Game Notes: Notre Dame
Sept. 17, 2011
B.J. Cunningham recorded career highs in receptions (12) and yards (158)...the 12 catches are tied for fourth most in a game by a Spartan wide receiver (record: 14 by Matt Trannon vs. Eastern Michigan in 2006)...the 158 receiving yards are the most since Blair White had 186 yards against Northwestern in 2009, and the second most for a Spartan wide receiver against Notre Dame (Charles Rogers, 175 yards in 2002)...it marks Cunningham's fourth-career 100-yard receiving game (second vs. Notre Dame; 7 receptions for 101 yards vs. Notre Dame in 2010)...Cunningham, who is already the school-record holder for receptions with 165, moved into sixth place on the MSU all-time chart in receiving yards with 2,141...in four career games against the Irish, Cunningham had 26 receptions for 361 yards and one touchdown.
Kirk Cousins' 329 passing yards are the most ever by a Spartan quarterback against Notre Dame (previous record: 327 yards by Drew Stanton in 2005)...it marks Cousins' fourth career 300-yard passing game, and his 17th career 200-yard passing game...Cousins' 34 completions are second most by a Spartan in a single-game (school record: 35 by Jeff Smoker vs. Ohio State in 2003)...the 53 attempts are fifth most in a Spartan game and the most since Brian Hoyer attempted a school record 61 vs. Penn State in 2006...in three career games against Notre Dame, Cousins completed 72 percent of his passes (68-of-95) for 734 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions.
Michigan State attempted 54 passes, tying for the fourth-most attempts in a game in Spartan history (record: 62 vs. Penn State in 2006).
Through two games, Notre Dame was averaging 510.5 yards of total offense per game; MSU held the Irish to a season-low 275 yards of total offense, including 80 yards in the second half and six first downs.
Michigan State had more first downs (21-18) and yards of total offense (358-275) than Notre Dame, but was held to a season-low 29 yards rushing on 23 attempts (1.3 avg.).
Michigan State allowed a kickoff return for a touchdown (George Atkinson in first quarter for 89 yards) for the first time since Jermelle Lewis of Iowa ran a kickoff 94 yards for a TD in 2002.
Isaiah Lewis recorded a career-high nine tackles (5-4).
Marcus Rush recorded career highs in tackles (7) and tackles for loss (2.0 for 10 yards).
Denicos Allen had a career-high 2.5 tackles for loss (7 yards).
Kevin Pickelman tallied a career-high 2.0 tackles for loss (9 yards), including a 7-yard sack and a forced fumble in the first quarter.
Kurtis Drummond recorded his first career interception and returned it 34 yards in the first quarter.
Michigan State forced three Notre Dame turnovers (Drummond interception in first quarter; Pickelman forced fumble and sack in first quarter, recovered by Jerel Worthy; fumble recovery by Steve Gardiner in fourth quarter).
Dan Conroy connected on two field goals (40 and 35 yards) to improve to 4-for-6 this season and 19-for-22 in his career.
Nick Hill averaged 32.3 yards on kick returns (129 yards on four returns), including a career long 42-yarder.
Notre Dame now leads the all-time series 46-28-1, including a 28-13 record in games played in South Bend, Ind., and a 17-13 mark in games played in Notre Dame Stadium...it marks the first time MSU has lost consecutive road games at Notre Dame since 1991 and 1993.
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