Nov. 20, 2010
Michigan State's 2010 senior class has posted a combined record of 32-18. The 32 wins are the most ever recorded by a senior class in MSU's 114-year football history (previous record: 31 by Class of 1990).
The 2010 Spartans became just the third team in school history to reach the 10-win milestone, joining the 1965 and 1999 teams.
Michigan State completed its first-ever 7-0 home season and its first since going 6-0 in 1999. The Spartans have gone undefeated at home 17 times since the stadium opened in 1923.
Michigan State has now won four straight against Purdue, its longest winning streak against the Boilermakers since winning six straight from 1985-90...MSU now leads the all-time series against Purdue, 32-28-3.
MSU rallied from a 15-point deficit (28-13) in the fourth quarter, scoring a season-high 22 points in the final quarter for the 35-31 win...MSU rallied from an 11-point fourth quarter deficit in last year's 40-37 win over Purdue...MSU scored 21 points in the fourth quarter in the 17-point comeback win at Northwestern (35-27 final score) on Oct. 23.
Kirk Cousins recorded his seventh 200-yard passing game of the season, completing 28-of-37 throws for 276 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. His three TD passes equal his career high. He completed scoring strikes of 24 and 9 yards to Mark Dell and 5 yards to B.J. Cunningham. Cousins completed passes to 10 different receivers. His first career rushing TD, a 3-yard scramble up the middle with 4:32 left in the fourth quarter, proved to be the game winner.
Mark Dell recorded his second 100-yard receiving game of the season and the fourth of his career, with eight receptions for 108 yards and two scores. His two TD receptions equal his career high (vs. Northwestern, 2010). With 108 receiving yards, Dell moved into sixth place on MSU's all-time list with 2,109 yards.
With 16 carries for 90 yards, Edwin Baker (1,069 yards) became just the sixth sophomore in MSU history to reach the 1,000-yard rushing milestone. Baker also scored his 12th rushing TD of the season on a 19-yard run around left end early in the second quarter.
Fifth-year senior linebacker Eric Gordon made his 47th career start Saturday, tying the school record set by former Spartan tight end Chris Baker (1998-2001). In addition, Gordon has started more games at linebacker than any player in MSU history (previous record holder: Dan Bass, 44 career starts from 1976-79)...Gordon reached double-figure tackles for the second time in 2010 and sixth time in his career, posting a season-best 12 stops. He also moved passed Shane Bullough (1983-86) and Carlos Jenkins (1987-90) into 15th place on MSU's all-time list with 321 career tackles.
With two picks today against Purdue, Michigan State has recorded 16 interceptions in 2010 - its highest season total since recording 17 in 2004. The Spartans had just six interceptions in 13 games last season.