Sept. 24, 2011
Today's Attendance: 72,119.
Michigan State now leads the all-time series 5-3....MSU now has a combined record of 40-7-2 (.837) against current members of the Mid-American Conference....The Spartans have won 25 of the last 28 meetings against MAC teams.
Mark Dantonio is now 16-8 (.667) against non-conference opponents, including a 14-1 record (.933) in Spartan Stadium....Overall, the Spartans have won 22 of their last 31 non-league games (.710).
In five seasons under Mark Dantonio, Michigan State has produced a 25-6 record (.806) in home games, including its current 10-game winning streak....It marks MSU's longest home streak since winning 12-straight from 1964-66 (teams coached by Duffy Daugherty).
Mark Dantonio's teams have compiled a 21-12 record (.636) during the month of September, including a 16-5 mark (.762) at Michigan State.
Kirk Cousins recorded his 18th career 200-yard passing game, completing 13-of-22 throws for 213 yards, one touchdown and one interception....His 18 career 200-yard passing games ties Drew Stanton 2003-06) for second most in Spartan history (school record: 23 by Jeff Smoker, 2000-03)...Cousins' 15-yard TD pass to Larry Caper in the third quarter marked the 46th of his career, tying Bill Burke (1996-99) for second on MSU's all-time list.
Le'Veon Bell matched his career high with three rushing touchdowns, scoring on runs of 1, 5 and 13 yards - all in the first half....Bell also had three rushing TDs vs. Northern Colorado last season.
In three home games, the Michigan State defense has allowed 13 total points (4.3 points per game)....In addition, the Spartan defense has permitted 414 total yards in three home games (138.0 yards allowed per game)...MSU has surrendered 43 combined rushing yards in its last two home games (22 by Florida Atlantic and 21 by Central Michigan)....In its last two home games (vs. FAU and CMU), opponents have converted only 2-of-22 third-down attempts (.091).
Michigan State recorded four interceptions vs. Central Michigan - its most since picking off four passes against Northern Colorado last season....Kurtis Drummond intercepted a pass for the second-straight game....The Spartans scored 17 points off four interceptions.
Isaiah Lewis recorded his second career interception and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter....It marked MSU's first interception return for a TD since Danny Fortener (45 yards) at Illinois in 2009.
Denicos Allen tied for the team lead with five tackles, including his first career sack (4 yards).
Trenton Robinson recorded his sixth career interception, ending Central Michigan's scoring threat early in the second quarter....Robinson intercepted Ryan Radcliff's pass intended for Cody Wilson at the MSU 3 and returned it 34 yards....Five plays later, Le'Veon Bell scored on a 5-yard run.