Post-Game Notes: Nebraska
Oct. 29, 2011
Nebraska now leads the all-time series against Michigan State, 6-0, including a 4-0 record in games played in Lincoln, Neb.
The loss snapped MSU's six-game winning streak in Big Ten play, dating back to last year's loss at Iowa.
William Gholston led all players with a career-high 15 tackles . . . it matched a single-game high for a Spartan this season (Max Bullough 15 tackles vs. Youngstown State) . . . Gholston's previous career high was six tackles against Youngstown State in the season opener . . . Gholston also had 1.5 tackles for loss (7 yards) and one sack (5 yards) against the Huskers; he has 8.5 tackles for loss (28 yards) this season and 2.5 sacks (17 yards).
Marcus Rush recorded career highs in tackles (11) and tackles for loss (2.5 for 4 yards) . . . Rush now has 7.0 TFLs this season (33 yards) . . . Rush also broke up a pass, marking his second pass break-up of the season.
Sophomore linebacker Kyler Elsworth recorded a career-high 10 tackles.
Michigan State held Nebraska to a season low 270 yards of total offense; the Huskers' previous low was 335 yards against Wisconsin . . . Nebraska came into the game averaging 432.7 yards of total offense per game.
The Spartans held Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez to a season-low 23 yards rushing; Martinez came into the game averaging 90.9 ypg.
Sophomore Le'Veon Bell led MSU with 58 yards rushing and crossed the 1,000-yard mark for his career . . . Bell now has 1,037 career rushing yards on 194 carries (5.3 avg.) in 21 career games . . . Bell also made his first career start against the Huskers.
Dan Conroy connected on a 28-yard field goal in the second quarter, moving him into a tie for ninth place all-time at MSU, along with Bill Stoyanovich, with 22 career field goals.
B.J. Cunningham had his streak of 41 consecutive games with a reception come to an end on Saturday; it marks the first time Cunningham didn't make a catch in a game since Sept. 13, 2008, against Florida Atlantic . . . it also marks just the second game in Cunningham's career he didn't have a reception.
Michigan State recorded a season-low 86 yards passing on 11-for-27 attempts . . . it marks the first time MSU has been held under 100 yards passing since throwing for 88 yards against Florida Atlantic on Sept. 13, 2008 . . . it marks the fewest passing yards for a Spartan team since Nov. 20, 1999 vs. Penn State (80 yards).
Kirk Cousins completed 11-of-27 passes for 86 yards and one interception . . . the 86 yards passing by Cousins were the fewest of his career as a starter.
The Spartans also recorded season lows in total offense (187 yards) and first downs (12).
The three points scored by MSU were the fewest since it only scored three against Nebraska in the 2003 Alamo Bowl.
Nebraska converted on 7-of-15 (47 percent) third-down conversions, while the Spartans were just 3-of-14 (21 percent).
Michigan State allowed a season-high four sacks for the second straight game.