Post-Game Notes: Michigan
Michigan State's defense forces Michigan to -48 yards rushing, the lowest single-game rushing total in UM history.
Nov. 2, 2013
Michigan leads the all-time series against Michigan State, 68-33-5, including a 19-13-2 record in games played in East Lansing. Michigan State has won five of the last six meetings, including a school-record three-straight wins in Spartan Stadium.
Michigan State's 23-point win over Michigan marked the largest margin of victory in the series for the Spartans since a 34-0 shutout in Ann Arbor in 1967. It marked MSU's largest margin of victory over Michigan in Spartan Stadium since a 28-0 shutout in 1962.
Michigan State limited the Wolverines to minus-48 yards rushing - the lowest single-game rushing total in U-M history. It also marked the fewest rushing yards allowed by MSU under head coach Mark Dantonio and tied for the third fewest allowed in school history (school record -63 rushing yards by Pittsburgh in 1960; -60 rushing yards by Pittsburgh in 1981; -48 rushing yards by Northwestern in 1983). The Spartans recorded season highs in tackles for loss (11 for 65 yards) and sacks (7 for 49). MSU recorded tackles for loss on the last three plays of the third quarter. MSU has held all nine of its 2013 opponents below 100 yards rushing. In 88 games under Dantonio, MSU has held its opponents under 100 yards rushing 44 times (50 percent).
Michigan State has held Michigan without a touchdown for eight consecutive quarters (129:49 time elapsed). The Wolverines have produced just five field goals over the last eight quarters.
Michigan State's defense hasn't allowed a touchdown in the last three games. MSU's last TD allowed was against Indiana in the fourth quarter.
Michigan State limited Michigan to 12 first downs, minus-48 yards rushing and 168 total yards. Michigan gained 51 yards on the game-opening drive and managed just 117 yards on its next 11 possessions. The Wolverines went just 2-of-13 third-down conversions.
Michigan State outgained Michigan in rushing yards, 142-(-48). The team with the most productive ground attack has won 41 of the last 44 games in the series. Over the last six meetings, the Spartans have outrushed the Wolverines by 609 yards (1,080-471).
Michigan State is off to a 5-0 start in Big Ten play for the first time under Mark Dantonio and for just the third time in school history (1965, 1966).
The Spartans have won 37 of their last 49 games (.755), dating back to the beginning of the 2010 season.
Under Mark Dantonio, Michigan State has produced a 37-11 record (.771) in home games, including a 15-game winning streak (7-0 in 2010, 7-0 in 2011, won first game in 2012).
Under Mark Dantonio, Michigan State is 43-8 (.843) when leading in time of possession, including a 30-5 record (.857) since 2010.
Under Mark Dantonio, Michigan State is 48-11 (.814) when outrushing its opponent, including a 32-4 record (.889) since 2010.
Junior Jeremy Langford recorded his four-straight 100-yard rushing game, with a career-best 26 carries for 120 yards against Michigan. Langford closed out the scoring with a 40-yard touchdown run with 2:43 left in the fourth quarter. He became the first 100-yard rusher against the Michigan defense this season. Langford is averaging 116.0 yards rushing over his last four games (464 yards).
Sophomore quarterback Connor Cook recorded his fifth 200-yard passing game of the season, completing 18-of-33 throws for 252 yards, one touchdown and one interception against Michigan. Cook's 14-yard TD strike to Bennie Fowler in the back, right corner of the end zone with 23 seconds left I the first half gave Michigan State the lead for good at 13-6.
Fifth-year senior linebacker Denicos Allen set season highs for tackles for loss (3 for 20 yards) and sacks (18) against Michigan. Allen also matched his season high with nine tackles against the Wolverines. He also recorded nine stops at Notre Dame. Allen moved into fourth place on MSU's all-time list with 40.5 career tackles for loss.
Sophomore defensive end Shilique Calhoun recorded career highs in tackles (6), tackles for loss (3 for 19 yards) and sacks (2.5 for 17) against Michigan. Calhoun has produced a tackle for loss in each of his last eight games.
Sophomore linebacker Ed Davis set career highs for tackles (4) and sacks (2.5 for 14 yards) against Michigan.
Senior Darqueze Dennard recorded his ninth career interception, picking off Devin Gardner's second-down throw at the MSU 3-yard line with 6:23 left in the game. Dennard also was credited with four tackles and forced a fumble.
Junior punter Mike Sadler averaged 40.8 yards on five punts against Michigan, including three kicks placed inside the U-M 20-yard line.