Post-Game Notes: Purdue
Oct. 19, 2013
Michigan State leads the all-time series against Purdue, 33-28-3, including a 20-12 record in games played in East Lansing. The Spartans have won the last five meetings.
Michigan State is off to a 3-0 start in Big Ten play for the fourth time in seven seasons under Mark Dantonio (2008: started 3-0; 2010: opened 4-0; and 2011: started 3-0).
With its 14-0 victory over Purdue, Michigan State became bowl eligible for a school-record seventh consecutive season.
The Spartans have won 35 of their last 47 games (.745), dating back to the beginning of the 2010 season.
Under Mark Dantonio, Michigan State has produced a 36-11 record (.766) in home games, including a 15-game winning streak (7-0 in 2010, 7-0 in 2011, won first game in 2012).
Michigan State recorded its first shutout since 2011 (44-0 over Florida Atlantic) and its first against a Big Ten opponent since 1999 (34-0 at Northwestern). It marked MSU's third shutout under Mark Dantonio (2008: 17-0 over Florida Atlantic; 2011: 44-0 over Florida Atlantic).
Under Mark Dantonio, Michigan State is 41-8 (.837) when leading in time of possession, including a 28-5 record (.848) since 2010.
Under Mark Dantonio, Michigan State is 46-11 (.807) when outrushing its opponent, including a 30-4 record (.882) since 2010.
Michigan State limited Purdue to three first downs, 5 rushing yards (10 carries) and 113 total yards in the second half.
The Spartans have held all seven of their 2013 opponents below 100 yards rushing, as Purdue managed 66 yards on 34 carries (1.9 avg.). In 86 games under Mark Dantonio, MSU has held its opponents under 100 yards rushing 42 times (49 percent).
Michigan State's defense matched its season highs in tackles for loss (9 for 37 yards) and sacks (5 for 27). The Spartans also record nine tackles (48) and five sacks (36) in the season opener against Western Michigan.
The 14 points are the fewest in a Spartan win since MSU defeated Ohio State 10-7 in 2011.
Junior Jeremy Langford recorded his second-straight 100-yard rushing game, setting personal bests for carries (24) and rushing yards (131) against Purdue.
Junior wide receiver Tony Lippett threw his first career touchdown pass, a 5-yard toss to junior tight end Andrew Gleichert in the fourth quarter. It also marked Gleichert's first career TD reception. Lippett finished with a team-high five catches for 49 yards.
Senior linebacker Max Bullough recorded a season-high 10 tackles against Purdue, with two resulting in losses including a 7-yard sack that produced a fumble that senior Denicos Allen recovered and returned 45 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. Bullough reached double-figure tackles for the seventh time in his career.
Junior free safety Kurtis Drummond matched his season high with nine tackles against Purdue. Drummond also posted nine stops against South Florida.
Fifth-year senior linebacker Denicos Allen registered eight tackles against Purdue and scored his first career touchdown, returning a fumble 45 yards for a score in the second quarter. Allen's fumble return marked the fifth defensive TD recorded by the Spartans this season, tying the second-best single-season total in school history (also produced five defensive TDs in 2007 and 2011). Overall, MSU has scored 19 defensive TDs since Mark Dantonio became head coach prior to the 2007 season.
Senior strong safety Isaiah Lewis recorded his first interception of the season and seventh of his career.