Post-Game Notes: Michigan
MSU defeats Michigan for the third straight time, a first for the program since 1965-67.
Oct. 9, 2010
Michigan State recorded its third-straight win over Michigan for the first time since 1965-67...it also marks the first time MSU has won back-to-back games in Michigan Stadium since 1965 (24-7) and 1967 (34-0)...the Spartans won in 2008 in Ann Arbor, 35-21.
Coach Dantonio is now 3-1 against Michigan...he joins Charlie Bachman as the only other MSU coach to beat Michigan in three of their first four tries...Bachman won four of his first five games against Michigan (1933-1937).
The 17-point margin of victory is the largest for MSU over Michigan since 1967 (34-0).
Michigan State is 6-0 for just the seventh time in school history and the first time since 1999.
With the win over No. 11 Wisconsin last week and No. 18 Michigan this week, it marks the first time MSU has defeated ranked teams on back-to-back Saturdays since 1974 (Nov. 2 vs. No. 20 Wisconsin; Nov. 9 vs. No. 1 Ohio State)...it marks the first time MSU has defeated ranked teams in back-to-back games since 1999 (Nov. 20 vs. No. 13 Penn State and Jan. 1 vs. No. 10 Florida).
MSU held Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson to a season-low 86 yards rushing; Robinson was averaging 181.0 yards rushing a game entering the contest, which ranked No. 1 in the nation...Robinson also threw three interceptions in the contest; he had thrown one this season prior to Saturday's game...Trenton Robinson, Johnny Adams and Chris L. Rucker each recorded interceptions for the Spartans; Robinson's pick came in the end zone and Adams' arrived at the goal line...Michigan State now has caused 14 turnovers this season, which matches all of last year's total...MSU now has nine interceptions this season (had six in 2009).
Michigan State held Michigan to a season-low 377 yards of total offense...Michigan entered the game averaging 565.0 yards of offense, which was second in the nation.
The Spartans collected a season-high 536 yards of total offense, marking the second time this season MSU has amassed more than 500 yards of total offense in a game (533 vs. Northern Colorado).
The Spartans ran for 249 yards, marking the fifth time this season MSU has ran for more than 200 yards in a game...the team who has won the ground game has now won 38 of the last 41 games in the series.
Edwin Baker rushed for 147 yards for his third 100-yard game of the season (117 vs. Western Michigan; career-high 183 vs. Florida Atlantic)...Baker's 147 yards are the sixth most for a Spartan against Michigan...Baker surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for his career in the game; he now has 1,110 career rushing yards.
Michigan State had five plays of 40-plus yards in the game (Baker 61-yard TD run in second quarter; Le'Veon Bell 41-yard TD run in second quarter; Mark Dell 41-yard TD reception from Cousins in third quarter; Nichol 42-yard reception from Cousins; Dell 44-yard reception from Cousins in fourth quarter).
Kirk Cousins recorded his 12th 200-yard passing game of his career, throwing for 284 yards while completing 18 of his 25 passes.
MSU held a 35:55-24:05 advantage in time of possession; the Spartans are now 19-3 under Coach Dantonio when leading in time of possession.