Sept. 22, 2012
Michigan State now leads the all-time series against Eastern Michigan, 9-0, including an 8-0 record in games played in East Lansing.
Michigan State improved its record to 42-7-2 (.843) against current members of the Mid-American Conference. MSU has won 27 of its last 30 games against MAC opponents, including a 2-0 mark in 2012 (won at Central Michigan, 41-7; defeated Eastern Michigan, 23-7).
Mark Dantonio is now 20-9 (.690) against non-conference opponents, including a 16-2 record (.889) in Spartan Stadium. Overall, the Spartans have won 26 of their last 36 non-league games (.722).
Under Mark Dantonio: Michigan State is 19-6 (.760) during the month of September . . . MSU is 32-4 (.889) when leading in time of possession, including a 17-1 record (.944) since 2010 . . . MSU is 36-8 (.818) when outrushing its opponent, including a 20-1 record (.952) since 2010 . . . MSU is 16-2 (.889) when rushing for 200-yards in a game . . . MSU has produced a 31-7 record (.816) in home games.
Michigan State has won 19 of its last 20 games played in the state of Michigan since the beginning of the 2010 season (16-1 in Spartan Stadium; vs. Florida Atlantic at Ford Field in Detroit in 2010; at Michigan in 2010; at Central Michigan in 2012).
Michigan State has allowed less than 180 passing yards in nine of its last 10 non-conference games (EMU threw for 137 yards).
Michigan State limited Eastern Michigan to 46 yards rushing. The Spartans have held three of their four opponents this season to under 100 yards rushing (Boise State: 37 yards; Central Michigan: 72 yards) . . . MSU also limited EMU to 183 yards of total offense, the fewest for an MSU opponent since Ohio State last season (178 yards).
Le'Veon Bell rushed 36 times for a career-best 253 yards and a touchdown against Eastern Michigan. His 253 yards mark the sixth-highest single-game rushing total in MSU history. It marked Bell's second career 200-yard rushing game and sixth career 100-yard game. With his 15-yard run early in the second, Bell became just the 16th player in Spartan history to reach the 2,000-yard career milestone. With his 253 yards rushing, he moved into 15th place on MSU's all-time list with 2,163 career yards. With his 26th career rushing TD late in the fourth quarter, Bell tied Tico Duckett (1989-92) for ninth place in the MSU record book...Bell had 263 all-purpose yards (253 rushing, -8 receiving, 18 punt return), which is 11th most in MSU single-game history.
Dion Sims recorded his first career 100-yard receiving game with six receptions for 112 yards and a score. Through four games, Sims has 22 receptions for 277 yards - both totals represent career highs. Sims had 12 catches in 2011 and 133 receiving yards in 2009.
Isaiah Lewis matched his career high with 12 tackles against Eastern Michigan. Lewis recorded 12 stops against Minnesota in 2011.
Max Bullough produced a season-high nine tackles, including one for a 4-yard loss, against Eastern Michigan. Bullough has posted at least one tackle for loss in three of the first four games of 2012.
Denicos Allen matched his season-high with six tackles against Eastern Michigan. Allen also recorded his first sack (4 yards) of the season against the Eagles and moved into a tie for 12th place on MSU's all-time list with 12 career sacks.
In his first career start, nose tackle James Kittredge set career highs for tackles (5) and tackles for loss (2.5 for 6 yards) against Eastern Michigan. Kittredge has contributed a total of eight tackles over the last two games (had three stops vs. Notre Dame).