Oct. 16, 2010
Michigan State improves to 7-0 for the first time since 1966, when the Spartans won their first nine games and finished the year 9-0-1 after tying Notre Dame to end the season...it marks the sixth time in school history MSU has started the season 7-0 (1913, 1951, 1952, 1965, 1966, 2010).
MSU has now won 11 of the past 12 meetings against Illinois...the Spartans lead the overall series, 25-17-2, including a 13-8-1 record in East Lansing.
MSU improves to 62-30-3 in 95 Homecoming games, including a 5-4-1 mark against Illinois.
Kirk Cousins recorded his fifth-straight 200-yard passing game, completing 13-of-24 passes for 201 yards and one touchdown...his 48-yard TD strike to B.J. Cunningham gave MSU its first lead at 13-6 with 8:26 left in the third quarter...he completed throws to seven different receivers...Cousins has recorded at least one TD pass in 14 consecutive games (school record: 16 by Drew Stanton, 2005-06).
Greg Jones recorded double-figure tackles for the second time this season and for the 20th time his career, posting a season-high 14 stops against the Illini...Jones has led the team in tackles in 27 of the last 33 games.
Dan Conroy made a career-best four field goals against the Illini, hitting from 37, 34, 32 and 18 yards...Conroy remains perfect on the season, hitting his first 13 field-goal attempts...that's the best start by a placekicker in MSU history, breaking the mark previously held by Paul Edinger who made his first 10 field-goal attempts in 1999...Conroy, who hit his only field-goal attempt of the 2009 season in the opener against Montana State, is 14-for-14 in his career (school record for consecutive field goals: 15 by Brett Swenson in 2008).
Strong safety Marcus Hyde reached double-figures in tackles for the second time this season, finishing with 10 stops against Illinois...Hyde also recorded his third career interception in the second quarter.
Defensive end Tyler Hoover posted a career-best nine tackles against Illinois, including his first career sack.
Nose tackle Kevin Pickelman produced a career-high eight tackles against the Illini.
For the second straight week, the Spartan secondary recorded three interceptions...in addition, strong safety Marcus Hyde and cornerback Johnny Adams came up with interceptions for the second-straight game...after intercepting six passes all of last season, Michigan State's defense has picked off 12 passes in the first seven games of 2010.
With four takeaways against Illinois, Michigan State's defense has forced 18 turnovers in 2010...the Spartans totaled only 14 takeaways during the entire 2009 season.
MSU was limited to season lows in total yards (294) and rushing yards (93)...MSU was also held to under 30 points for the first time this season.
The Spartans were 5-for-5 in red zone scoring chances and are 24-for-27 this season scoring in the red zone.
MSU didn't allow a touchdown for the first time since the 2009 season opener against Montana State (MSU won 44-3).