Post-Game Notes: Ohio State
Oct. 1, 2011
Michigan State recorded its first win over Ohio State since 1999 and the first over the Buckeyes in Columbus since 1998.
Michigan State recorded 9.0 sacks (64 yards), the most in the Coach Mark Dantonio era...the Spartans also recorded 13.0 tackles for loss (71 yards), which is also the most for MSU under Dantonio...MSU had eight sacks and 10.0 tackles for loss at Northwestern last year...MSU had 11.0 tackles for loss against Bowling Green in 2007.
William Gholston recorded a career-high 3.0 tackles for loss (12 yards).
Chris Norman posted career highs in tackles for loss (3.0 for 15 yards) and sacks (2.0 for 13 yards).
Denicos Allen had a career high 2.0 sacks (16 yards) and tied his career high with 2.5 tackles for loss (17 yards).
Dan Conroy tied his career-long with a 50-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
B.J. Cunningham recorded his fifth career 100-yard receiving game and his third this season with nine catches for 154 yards...the 154 yards marked the most ever by a Spartan against Ohio State (previous record: 135 yards by Frank Foreman in 1969)...he hauled in a 33-yard TD catch in the first quarter to put MSU up 7-0...he also had a 52-yard reception in the third quarter; it marked his third catch of 50-plus yards this season...he is now tied with Eugene Byrd for seventh in MSU history with 15 career TD receptions...Cunningham has caught at least one pass in 39 consecutive regular-season games...Cunningham now has 2,362 career receiving yards, which is third in MSU history (passed Courtney Hawkins and Kirk Gibson on Saturday).
Kirk Cousins completed 20-of-32 passes for 250 yards...it marked his 19th career 200-yard passing game.
Darqueze Dennard recorded his first career interception at the 7:39 mark in the second quarter.
The 10 points are the fewest in a Spartan victory since MSU defeated Western Michigan 7-3 in 1985.
The seven points by Ohio State ties for the fewest amount scored by a Buckeye team against Michigan State in series history (also scored just seven points vs. MSU in 1965, 1987 and 1999).
Michigan State allowed just 178 yards of total offense to Ohio State, the fewest for a Spartan Big Ten opponent since Northwestern had 151 in 1999.
The Spartans held Ohio State to 35 yards rushing, the fewest for a Spartan Big Ten opponent since Michigan had 28 yards rushing on Oct. 3, 2009.