Nov. 14, 2009
With the 40-37 win at Purdue, Michigan State recorded its first back-to-back wins in West Lafayette, Ind., since winning three in a row in the late 1980s (1985, 1988, 1989)...MSU defeated the Boilermakers in Ross-Ade Stadium, 48-31, during the 2007 season.
Coach Dantonio improves to 3-0 vs. Purdue to become the first Spartan coach in school history to win his first three games against the Boilermakers.
The Spartans' current three-game winning streak against Purdue is the longest for the program since winning six in a row under Coach George Perles from 1985 to 1990.
Michigan State improved to 6-5 on the season and is now bowl eligible for the third straight year, a first for the program since 1995-97.
MSU improved to 6-2 in the month of November under Coach Dantonio.
The Spartans' 11-point comeback (down 34-23 in the fourth quarter) marks the biggest comeback of the season for the Spartans (previous: 7 points vs. Northwestern)...the 11-point comeback ties for the second-biggest for MSU under Dantonio (17 points vs. Penn State in 2007; 11 points vs. Wisconsin in 2008).
Brett Swenson tied his career high with four field goals, including two 52-yard field goals, which marked his career long...his previous career long was a 50-yarder vs. Wisconsin last season...Swenson hit the game-winning field goal, a 21-yarder, with 1:51 left in the game to give MSU a 40-37 lead...it marked his third career game-winning kick (2006 vs. Northwestern; 2008 vs. Wisconsin)...Swenson also hit four field goals vs. Indiana and Wisconsin in 2008...both of Swenson's 52-yard field goals arrived in the third quarter; he hit a 28-yarder in the second quarter...Swenson now has 70 career field goals, which is fourth in Big Ten history (record: 78, Kevin Kelly of Penn State)...Swenson is 18-for-20 in field goals this season; the 18 field goals rank tied for sixth in MSU single-season history...he also tied his career high with 16 points in the game (4 field goals, 4 PATs)...his 368 points now rank second in Big Ten history (record: 417, Kelly of Penn State).
Keshawn Martin collected 236 all-purpose yards, the second time this season he has gained more than 200 all-purpose yards (294 vs. Minnesota)...Martin led the team with 70 yards rushing on three carries (23.3 avg.)...he is now third on the team in rushing this season with 217 yards on just 14 carries (19.7 avg.)...Martin also had 166 kickoff return yards, including an 85-yard return to the Purdue 11-yard line with under three minutes remaining in the game that set up Swenson's game-winning field goal...the 166 kick return yards rank as the seventh-highest single-game total in school history...Martin's career-high arrived at Minnesota earlier this season (176 kick return yards)...Martin now has kick returns of 93 and 85 yards this season.
Kirk Cousins recorded his fifth consecutive 200-yard passing game and seventh of the season, going 11-of-25 for 208 yards...Cousins threw three touchdown passes and now has 17 this season, which ranks ninth most in an MSU single-season...he is also moving up the single-season charts in passing yards (2,305; eighth) and pass completions (169; tied for 10th).
B.J. Cunningham recorded a career-high 92 receiving yards on three catches, including a career-long 73-yard TD reception in the fourth quarter that cut Purdue's lead to 34-30.
Blair White, who entered the game tied for first in the Big Ten in TD catches, recorded his eighth touchdown reception of the season with a 9-yard grab in the fourth quarter that made it 37-34 in favor of MSU...the eight TD catches are tied for fourth most in an MSU season...White finished with three catches, improving his season total to 61, which ranks seventh in MSU single-season history.
Andrew Hawken caught his first touchdown of the season and the third of his career with a 4-yard catch in the second quarter that put MSU up, 14-13.
Greg Jones tallied nine tackles, giving him 126 for the season...he also moved up to 11th in school history with 331 career tackles.
Eric Gordon blocked a Purdue field goal midway through the fourth quarter that kept the game within four points (Purdue, 34-30)...Gordon finished with nine tackles.
On the first play from scrimmage, Chris L. Rucker scooped up a Purdue fumble and ran it back 11 yards for his first career touchdown...it marked MSU's first fumble return for a touchdown since Travis Key ran back a fumble 20 yards in the win at Purdue in 2007...Rucker was also credited with five tackles, a forced fumble and a pass break-up in the game...Rucker has a team-best seven pass break-ups this season.
Colin Neely recorded the only sack of the game, a 13-yard loss on a fourth-and-6 play on the MSU 47-yard line in the final seconds of the game...the sack preserved the win for MSU...Neely finished with four tackles, including two for losses (15 yards).
In his second start of the season, Jon Misch collected a season-high seven tackles, including one for a 2-yard loss.
Jeremy Ware had two pass break-ups and now has five this season.
A.J. Jimmerson recorded a career-long 43-yard kick return to open the second half, setting up Swenson's first 52-yard field goal of the game.
Purdue held a 40:39 to 19:21 advantage in time of possession...Purdue also held significant advantages in first downs (28 to 12), total offense (524 yards to 362), and plays from scrimmage (92 to 49).