Post-Game Notes: Minnesota
Nov. 24, 2012
With the 26-10 victory, Michigan State now leads the all-time series over Minnesota, 28-17, including a 12-11 record in games played in Minneapolis . . . overall, MSU has won 22 of the last 28 meetings against the Gophers . . . Coach Mark Dantonio is 3-1 against Minnesota.
Michigan State improves to 6-6 on the season to become bowl eligible for a sixth consecutive season, which extends a school record.
Le'Veon Bell rushed for a career high 266 yards on 35 carries (7.6 avg.) . . . the 266 yards are the sixth-highest total by a Spartan in a single game and the eighth most by a running back in the FBS this season . . . Bell now has 1,648 rushing yards this season, which leads the Big Ten and ranks second most in an MSU season (record: Lorenzo White with 2,066 yards in 1985) . . . his 350 carries are third most in an MSU season . . . Bell now has three 200-yard rushing games this season (266 vs. Minnesota; 253 vs. Eastern Michigan; 210 vs. Boise State), which is second most in an MSU season (record: Lorenzo White with four 200-yard games in 1985) . . . Bell is one of just three players in the FBS this season to record three 200-yard rushing games (David Fluellen, Toledo; Cody Getz, Air Force) . . . Bell scored on an 8-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to give MSU a 26-10 lead, the 32nd rushing TD of his career . . . Bell now has 3,201 rushing yards for his career, which is seventh most in Spartan history . . . his 639 career carries are sixth most at MSU . . . Bell now has 11 career 100-yard rushing games, which is eighth most at MSU, including seven this season.
Michigan State is now 15-9 in Big Ten road games under Dantonio, including a 9-3 record since 2010 . . . MSU was 3-1 in Big Ten road games this season and 4-1 overall on the road (wins at Central Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota; lost at Michigan).
Under Dantonio, Michigan State is 14-5 in November . . . his teams have won eight of the last 10 games in November (3-0 in 2010; 4-0 in 2011; 1-2 in 2012).
Michigan State had a season-high 278 yards rushing as a team . . . MSU is 17-3 under Dantonio when rushing for 200-plus yards in a game . . . MSU is 39-10 under Dantonio when outrushing its opponent, including a 23-3 mark since 2010.
Dantonio won his 50th game as the head coach at Michigan State and now owns a 50-28 record (.641) in his tenure at MSU.
Bennie Fowler compiled a career-high 101 receiving yards on seven catches for his first career 100-yard receiving game . . . he scored on a 41-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Maxwell on a ball that was tipped by Tony Lippett in the second quarter that gave MSU a 13-7 lead.
Andre Sims had a career-long 44-yard punt return in the third quarter that set up Dan Conroy's fourth field goal of the game that put MSU on top, 19-10 . . . Sims had a career-high 66 punt return yards on four returns (16.5 avg.).
Dan Conroy tied his career high with four field goals made (also made four field goals vs. Illinois in 2010) . . . Conroy now has 22 field goals made this season, which ties an MSU single-season record (Brett Swenson in 2008; Dave Rayner in 2003 and 2004; Paul Edinger in 1998) . . . Conroy now has 54 career field goals made, which is fourth most in MSU history . . . Conroy made both of his PATs, and now has made 78 consecutive PATs, which is a school record.
Michigan State's defense held Minnesota to 96 yards of total offense . . . according to STATS, the 96 total yards by Minnesota was the fewest by a Big Ten team since Michigan had 91 vs. Ohio State on Nov. 17, 2007 . . . the 96 yards of total offense allowed by MSU are the fewest since Florida Atlantic had just 48 yards on Sept. 10, 2011 . . . MSU gave up just 4 yards rushing, the fewest allowed in the Coach Dantonio era.
The Spartans forced a season-high four turnovers, all interceptions (two by Johnny Adams; one by Darqueze Dennard and RJ Williamson) . . . the four turnovers equal the most in a game for MSU under Dantonio . . . it marks the first time MSU has had four interceptions in one game since Sept. 24, 2011 against Central Michigan.
Johnny Adams recorded a career-high two interceptions and now has 11 for his career, which is 10th most in MSU history . . . his 230 interception return yards are fourth most in school history.
Max Bullough led MSU with seven tackles . . . he has a team-high 102 tackles this season.
Michigan State held a 37:37-22:23 advantage in time of possession . . . MSU is 34-7 under Dantonio when leading in time of possession.
Today marks the fourth time this season that Michigan State's defense has not allowed a touchdown (Boise State, Central Michigan, Michigan, Minnesota) . . . MSU's defense has surrendered only 15 touchdowns this season.