Post-Game Notes: Nebraska
Nov. 3, 2012
Nebraska now leads the all-time series against Michigan State, 7-0, including a 2-0 record in Spartan Stadium.
Michigan State has now lost four Big Ten games this season by a combined total of 10 points, including one in double overtime (Iowa). All four games have been decided by four points or less.
Nebraska's 28-24 win ended Michigan State's seven-game winning streak in the month of November. It marked MSU's first loss in November since the 2009 regular-season finale against Penn State, 42-14 (Nov. 21, 2009). Under Mark Dantonio, MSU has compiled a 13-4 record (.765) in November.
Over the last three seasons, Michigan State is now 12-5 (.706) in games decided by 10 points or less, including a 3-4 record in 2012.
With the four-point loss to Nebraska, Michigan State slips to 2-4 in home games this season. Regardless of the outcome of the Nov. 17 game against Northwestern, MSU will finish the season with a losing record at home for only the 10th time in Spartan Stadium history and the first time since 2006 (2-5).
Junior running back Le'Veon Bell recorded his fifth 100-yard rushing game of the season and ninth of his career, with 36 carries for 188 yards. For the third time this season, Bell scored two rushing touchdowns, scoring on runs of 11 yards and 1 yard. Michigan State is now 16-3 (.842) when Bell scores at least one rushing TD (2010: 5-0; 2011: 7-1; and 2012: 4-2).
Sophomore Tony Lippett scored his first career touchdown on a 46-yard bomb from junior Andrew Maxwell in the second quarter. Maxwell has thrown at least one TD pass in each of the last three games. The 46-yard TD was the longest of the season for Michigan State.
Sophomore free safety Kurtis Drummond set career highs for tackles (10) and tackles for loss (2 for 10 yards). Drummond's first-quarter interception set up Michigan State's first touchdown.
Junior Max Bullough reached double figures in tackles for the fourth time this season and sixth time in his career, with 10 stops against Nebraska. Bullough has now produced at least one tackle for loss in each of the last five games.
Junior cornerback Darqueze Dennard matched his career high with two interceptions against Nebraska. Dennard also had two picks in Michigan State's triple-overtime win over Georgia in the 2012 Outback Bowl.
With his 19-yard sack against Taylor Martinez, junior Denicos Allen has now registered at least one tackle for loss in each of the last five games.
Junior Micajah Reynolds equaled his career high with three tackles against Nebraska.
Sophomore punter Mike Sadler averaged 46.6 yards on seven punts, including three kicks placed inside the Nebraska 20-yard line. For the season, Sadler has placed 42 percent (25-of-60) of his punts inside the opponent's 20.
Michigan State allowed 313 rushing yards vs. Nebraska, the most by a Spartan opponent since Minnesota in 2005 (327).