Post-Game Notes: Northwestern
Nov. 17, 2012
Michigan State leads the all-time series against Northwestern, 36-17, including an 18-7 record in games played in East Lansing. With the 23-20 win, the Wildcats ended a four-game losing streak against MSU. It also marked Northwestern's first win in Spartan Stadium since 2007, 48-41, in overtime.
Michigan State is now 4-2 in Senior Day games under head coach Mark Dantonio.
Michigan State has lost back-to-back games in November for the first time since 2006 when the Spartans dropped three in a row. Under Mark Dantonio, MSU has compiled a 13-5 record (.722) in November.
Michigan State has now lost five Big Ten games this season by a combined total of 13 points, including one in double overtime (Iowa). All seven Big Ten games have been decided by four points or less.
Over the last three seasons, Michigan State is now 12-6 (.667) in games decided by 10 points or less, including a 3-5 record in 2012.
Michigan State's last seven games have been decided by four points or fewer, the longest such streak by an NCAA FBS team since at least 1996.
MSU finished the 2012 season with a losing record at home for only the 10th time in Spartan Stadium history and the first time since 2006 (also went 2-5).
Junior running back Le'Veon Bell recorded his sixth 100-yard rushing game of the season and 10th of his career, with 32 carries for 133 yards against Northwestern. With 133 rushing yards, Bell moved into seventh place on MSU's all-time list with 2,935 yards. He needs 65 yards in the regular-season finale at Minnesota to become just the seventh running back in MSU history to reach the 3,000-yard career milestone.
Junior quarterback Andrew Maxwell recorded his sixth 200-yard passing game of the season, throwing for a career-best 297 yards against Northwestern. His 297 passing yards are the third-highest single-game total by a Spartan quarterback in series history. Maxwell also set career highs for pass attempts (46) and touchdown passes (2; fourth time this season). On MSU's eight-play, 65-yard game-tying scoring drive, he went a perfect 5-for-5 for 53 yards, including a 15-yard TD strike to Aaron Burbridge.
Sophomore wide receiver Keith Mumphery matched his career highs with six receptions for 79 yards against Northwestern. Earlier this season, Mumphery had six catches against Notre Dame and 79 receiving yards against Ohio State.
Junior tight end Dion Sims posted his second 100-yard receiving game of the season (and his career), with five grabs for 102 yards. Sims had a career-long 44-yard reception from Andrew Maxwell on MSU's second offensive series.
With his extra point after Michigan State's second touchdown, fifth-year senior Dan Conroy tied MSU's school record with 76 consecutive made PATs (shares record with Brett Swenson, 2007-09, and Dave Rayner, 2003-04).
Junior strong safety Isaiah Lewis led the Spartans in tackles for the second time this season, with nine stops against Northwestern.
Junior linebacker Max Bullough recorded eight tackles against Northwestern, with one tackle for loss (2 yards). His half sack (combined with junior defensive end William Gholston) against Kain Colter resulted in a 1-yard loss and a safety in the first quarter. Bullough has now produced at least one tackle for loss in each of the last six games.