Oct. 26, 2013
Michigan State now leads the all-time series against Illinois, 26-17-2, including a 13-9-1 record in games played in Champaign, Ill. ... MSU has won 12 of the past 13 meetings in the series, including seven straight in Memorial Stadium ... the Spartans have now won three straight in the series, and head coach Mark Dantonio is 3-0 against the Illini ... the three points scored by Illinois are the fewest in the series by the Illini against MSU since the Spartans shut out UI in 1972, 24-0.
Michigan State's 7-1 start is the best eight-game start for the Spartans since they opened 8-0 in 2010 ... MSU is also 4-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since 2010.
Connor Cook went 15-of-16 passing for 208 yards and three TDs ... Cook's .938 completion percentage is a school single-game record (min. 10 comp) and seventh-best in Big Ten history ... Cook finished the game with 11 straight completions for 185 yards ... it marks the first time a Spartan QB has completed 11 straight passes in a game since Kirk Cousins against Notre Dame in 2011 ... MSU's previous single-game completion record was .917, held by Dave Yarema and Dan Enos ... Yarema completed 11-of-12 passes against Northwestern in 1982, while Enos was 11-of-12 against Minnesota in 1990.
Big Ten Single-Game Completion Percentage Leaders (minimum 10 completions)
1. 1.000, Kain Colter (Northwestern), 12-for-12, vs. Ohio State, 10/5/2013
1.000, Kain Colter (Northwestern), 10-for-10, at Minnesota, 10/13/2012
1.000, Brad Banks (Iowa), 10-for-10, vs. Northwestern, 11/9/2002
1.000, Tate Forcier (Michigan), 12-for-12, vs. Bowling Green, 9/25/2010
5. .944, Darrell Bevell (Wisconsin), 17-for-18, vs. Northwestern, 10/9/1993
6. .941, Russell Wilson (Wisconsin), 16-for-17, vs. Minnesota, 11/12/2011
7. .938, Connor Cook (Michigan State), 15-for-16, vs. Illinois, 10/26/2013
Jeremy Langford recorded his third-straight 100-yard rushing game with 104 yards 22 carries ... he had 109 rushing yards vs. Indiana and a career-high 131 against Purdue ... Langford is averaging 114.7 yards per game in his last three games and 96.8 yards per game in Big Ten action.
MSU was 14-of-16 on third-down conversions (.875) in the game.
Michigan State, which entered the game No. 1 in the FBS in total defense, held Illinois to just 128 yards of total offense, a season low for a Spartan opponent and the fewest given up by MSU since Minnesota had 96 yards of total offense on Nov. 24, 2012 ... MSU allowed 53 yards to Illinois on the Illini's first drive, which resulted in a field goal; the rest of the game, the Spartans gave up just 75 yards ... Illinois had just 18 yards of total offense and one first down in the second half.
MSU held Illinois to just 25 yards rushing on 21 attempts ... the Spartans have held all eight of their 2013 opponents below 100 yards rushing ... In 87 games under Mark Dantonio, MSU has held its opponents under 100 yards rushing 43 times (49 percent) ... Michigan State is the only team in the FBS this season that hasn't allowed a team to rush for 100 yards.
On Michigan State's second touchdown drive of the game late in the second quarter, MSU drove the ball 99 yards on 15 plays, covering 8:08 on the clock ... the drive came right after the Spartans stopped Illinois on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line ... Michigan State was 5-for-5 on third-down conversions on the drive (Cook 11-yard pass to Bennie Fowler; Illinois pass interference; Cook 16-yard pass to Macgarrett Kings Jr.; Cook 4-yard rush; Cook 29-yard TD pass to Fowler) ... Cook was 6-of-6 passing for 81 yards on the drive.
Delton Williams rushed for 78 yards on just five carries (15.6 avg.), including his first career TD run on a 42-yard score in the fourth quarter.
Josiah Price caught his first career touchdown pass with a 13-yard reception on MSU's first drive of the third quarter.
Keith Mumphery collected a season-high 77 receiving yard on three grabs, including a career-long 47-yard reception for a touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Michigan State gained 477 yards of total offense, marking its second-highest output of the season (547 vs. Youngstown State) ... MSU's 29 first downs was also the second-highest total of the season (30 vs. Youngstown State).
The Spartans out-rushed the Illini, 269-25 ... under Dantonio, Michigan State is 47-11 (.810) when outrushing its opponent, including a 31-4 record (.886) since 2010 ... the Spartans are 20-3 (.870) when gaining 200 or more rushing yards under Dantonio.
Michigan State held a 39:06-20:54 advantage in time of possession over Illinois ... under Dantonio, MSU is 42-8 (.840) when leading in time of possession, including a 29-5 record (.853) since 2010.
Michigan State improved to 17-9 (.654) in Big Ten road games under Dantonio, including an 11-3 record (.786) since 2010.
Michigan State scored a touchdown on six straight possessions, spanning the second quarter through the fourth quarter ... the Spartans had nine possessions overall; they punted on their first possession and fumbled on their second before rattling off six straight TDs ... MSU ended the fourth quarter on a 10-play, 39-yard drive that ended on the Illinois 24-yard line.
MSU, which entered the game tied for the lead in the Big Ten in turnover margin, had a plus-1 margin over Illinois; Shilique Calhoun forced a fumble in the second quarter that led to a touchdown, and Isaiah Lewis intercepted a pass to end the first half. Connor Cook fumbled the ball at the goal line in the second quarter for MSU.
Michigan State's defense forced four Illinois three-and-outs and totaled nine tackles for loss, including two sacks.
Denicos Allen recorded five tackles, including 2.5 for losses (9 yards) and an 8-yard sack ... Allen is now sixth in MSU history with 17 career sacks ... he is also sixth in MSU history with 37.5 tackles for loss.
Isaiah Lewis recorded his eighth career interception.
Michigan State has won 36 of its last 48 games (.750), dating back to the beginning of the 2010 season.