Post-Game Notes: Minnesota
Nov. 30, 2013
Michigan State leads the all-time series against Minnesota, 29-17, including a 17-6 record in games played in East Lansing. Overall, MSU has won 23 of the last 29 meetings.
Michigan State tied a school single-season record with its 11th win of the season (2010, 2011).
Michigan State finished its Big Ten schedule with a perfect 8-0 record for the first time in school history. MSU became the 14th Big Ten team to post an 8-0 mark in league play (Ohio State 2013, Ohio State 2006, Ohio State 2002, Iowa 2002, Michigan 1997, Northwestern 1995, Penn State 1994, Michigan 1989, Illinois 1983 [9 games], Michigan 1980, Ohio State 1979, Ohio State 1975, Michigan 1971). The Spartans are the first Big Ten team to win all eight of its conference games by double-digit points since the league went to an eight-game schedule in 1971. In addition, MSU becomes the first undefeated Big Ten team to win all of its league games by double-figure points since Michigan in 1943 (6-0 record).
Michigan State went a perfect 7-0 at home for the third time in the last four seasons. The Spartans now have gone undefeated at home 19 times since the stadium opened in 1923. After going 0-4 in Big Ten home games in 2012 (those four losses by a combined total of 11 points), MSU posted a perfect 4-0 record in conference games this season, winning those four games by a combined total of 62 points. Under Mark Dantonio, MSU has produced a 38-11 (.776) in home games. The Spartans have won 23 of their last 28 home games.
Eighteen seniors made their final appearance in Spartan Stadium against Minnesota. With a 40-12 record (.769), the 2013 senior class is the winningest in the 117-year history of MSU football. The 2013 senior class finished with a 23-5 record (.821) in Spartan Stadium.
Under Dantonio, Michigan State has compiled an 18-5 record (.783) in November. His teams have won 12 of the last 14 games in November (3-0 in 2010; 4-0 in 2011; 1-2 in 2012; and 4-0 in 2013), including five straight.
The Spartans have won 40 of their last 52 games (.769), dating back to the beginning of the 2010 season.
Michigan State's defense has allowed just four touchdowns in the last 24 quarters. It marked the sixth time this season that an opponent has failed to score a TD against the Spartans. MSU shut out its opponent in the second half for the seventh time this season, including six of eight Big Ten games.
Michigan State tied its season high with 11 tackles for loss (43 yards) against Minnesota. The Spartans also recorded 11 tackles behind the line of scrimmage against Michigan (65 yards).
Michigan State outgained Minnesota on the ground, 181-169 yards. The Spartans are 10-1 this season when outrushing their opponent. Under Dantonio, MSU is 50-11 (.820) when outrushing its opponent, including a 34-4 record (.895) since 2010.
Junior Jeremy Langford recorded his seventh-straight 100-yard rushing game against Minnesota, with 21 carries for 134 yards and a touchdown. His seven-consecutive 100-yard rushing games ties Lorenzo White's single-season record set in 1985. Langford scored his 16 rushing TD of the season on a 15-yard run in the first quarter. He has rushed for 899 yards during his seven-game streak, averaging 128.4 yards per game.
Junior Tony Lippett led the Spartans in receptions for the third-straight game, with four catches for a career-best 71 yards against Minnesota. During the three-game stretch, Lippett has 11 receptions for 202 yards (67.3 yards per game).
Fifth-year senior linebacker Denicos Allen matched his career high with 13 tackles against Minnesota, including two for losses (7 yards). Allen recorded double-figure tackles for the third time in his career (also posted 13 stops vs. Iowa in 2012). He also was credited with three quarterback hurries against the Golden Gophers. Allen has produced a tackle for loss in 10 of 12 regular-season games.
Junior free safety Kurtis Drummond equaled his career high with 10 tackles against Minnesota. Drummond registered 10 stops at Nebraska two weeks ago and 10 against the Cornhuskers in 2012.
Senior cornerback Darqueze Dennard matched his career high with nine tackles against Minnesota. Dennard tallied nine stops at Northwestern last week. He also was credited with a pass break-up and quarterback hurry against the Golden Gophers.
Sophomore defensive end Shilique Calhoun recorded a career-best seven tackles against Minnesota, including 2.5 for losses (12 yards).
Junior defensive end Marcus Rush matched his career highs in tackles for loss (2.5 for 13 yards) and sacks (2 for 12 yards) against Minnesota.
Sophomore cornerback Trae Waynes recorded the first two interceptions of his career against Minnesota, with both coming in the first half (one in the first quarter and one in the second quarter).
Sophomore nose tackle Mark Scarpinato totaled a career-best four tackles against Minnesota, including a half sack (4 yards). Scarpinato also was credited with a pass break-up.