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Post-Game Notes: Holiday Bowl vs. Washington State

Dec. 29, 2017

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Mark Dantonio won his 100th game as head coach at Michigan State with the 42-17 victory over No. 18 Washington State in the 40th annual San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl . . . Dantonio is one of just eight active FBS coaches to own at least 100 victories at his current school . . . he is 100-45 overall in 11 seasons at Michigan State . . . the second-winningest coach in school history, Dantonio also extended his school record by winning his fifth bowl game (5-5 in bowl games at MSU) . . . Dantonio is nine wins shy from tying Duffy Daugherty (1954-72) for the most wins in school history (109).

• The 2017 Michigan State Spartans finished the season with a 10-3 record, becoming just the eighth team in the 121-year history of the program to win at least 10 games. Dantonio has recorded six of those seasons with at least 10 wins (11 in 2010, 11 in 2011, school-record 13 in 2013, 11 in 2014, 12 in 2015; 10 in 2017) . . . MSU had just two 10-win seasons in program history prior to Dantonio’s arrival in 2007 (10 in 1965; 10 in 1999).

• Michigan State’s seven-game win improvement from last season established a school record for the biggest turnaround in program history.

• Michigan State is in the midst of its winningest decade in school history (total wins), as the Spartans are 78-28 since the beginning of the 2010 . . . during that span, MSU has won five bowl games (2012 Outback, 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings, 2014 Rose, 2015 Cotton, 2017 Holiday), three Big Ten Championships (2010, 2013, 2015) and three Big Ten Division titles (2011, 2013, 2015) . . . MSU’s .736 winning percentage this decade is second best in school history (.766 in 1950s).

• With the win over No. 21 Washington State (Associated Press ranking), Michigan State has won 13 of its last 21 games against AP Top 25 teams . . . MSU defeated three AP ranked teams in 2017 (No. 7 Michigan on Oct. 7; No. 7 Penn State on Nov. 4; No. 21 Washington State on Dec. 28) . . . MSU was 3-1 vs. AP Top 25 teams in 2017.

• The 2017 Senior Class finished their careers with a 36-16 record, including two bowl wins (2014 Cotton, 2017 Holiday), one Big Ten Championship (2015) and one College Football Playoff appearance (2015) . . . the 36 wins are sixth most by a class in school history.

• Michigan State improved to 12-15 all-time in bowl games and 5-5 under Dantonio.

• The Spartans are 6-1 in bowl games in the state of California. MSU owns the highest winning percentage of any team with at least five appearances in the Rose Bowl (.800 at 4-1) and also won the 2001 Silicon Valley Bowl over Fresno State in San Jose, California. The Holiday Bowl marked MSU’s first-ever game in San Diego.

• Michigan State leads the all-time series over Washington State, 6-2 . . . it marked the first bowl meeting between the two schools.

• Sophomore quarterback Brian Lewerke was named the Holiday Bowl Offensive MVP after finishing with 286 yards of total offense . . . he was 13-of-21 passing for 213 yards and three touchdowns, and set a Spartan bowl record for most rushing yards by a quarterback (14 carries for 73 yards) . . . Lewerke was 9-of-10 passing for 162 yards and two TDs in the second quarter alone . . . Lewerke closed the season 246-of-417 passing for 2,793 yards and 20 touchdowns . . . he finished with the second-most yards of total offense in an MSU season with 3,352 (Drew Stanton with 3,415 in 2005) . . . he also finished the 2017 campaign ranked among MSU’s single-season leaders in passing completions (third with 246), passing attempts (fourth with 417), passing yards (seventh with 2,793) and touchdown passes (tied for eighth with 20) . . . Lewerke set MSU sophomore records for total offense (3,352 yards), passing yards (2,793), passing attempts (417) and passing completions (246) . . . Lewerke also finished the season with 559 yards rushing on 124 carries, the fourth most by a Spartan quarterback in a single season and the most since Drew Stanton had 687 in 2004 . . . the 73 yards rushing against Washington State was the second-highest rushing output of the season for Lewerke (career-high 81 vs. Western Michigan on Sept. 9) . . . Lewerke is the first quarterback in school history to throw for more than 2,500 yards and rush for more than 500 yards in the same season.

Felton Davis III recorded his third 100-yard receiving game of the season, hauling in four catches for 118 yards . . . he caught a career-long 49-yard touchdown pass from Brian Lewerke in the second quarter . . . the 118 receiving yards were fifth most by a Spartan in a bowl game . . . Davis finished with nine touchdown receptions on the season, tied for sixth in MSU history . . . he also led the team in catches (55) and receiving yards (776).

LJ Scott recorded his third 100-yard rushing game of the season, gaining 110 yards on 18 carries (6.1 avg.), including a 28-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that gave MSU a 42-17 lead . . . Scott also had two receptions for 26 yards to lead MSU in all-purpose yards with 136 . . . Scott now has nine career 100-yard rushing games . . . he became the 12th running back in MSU history to rush for more than 2,500 yards, as he now has 2,591 yards in his first three seasons . . . his 25 career rushing touchdowns are tied for 12th in the school record book.

• Senior center Brian Allen closed his career starting in 28 consecutive games . . . he played in 51 career games, including 38 starts (17 at center; 16 at left guard; five at right guard).

• Michigan State scored a season-high 42 points in recording back-to-back 40-point games for the first time since 2014 (MSU had 40 in regular-season finale at Rutgers) . . . in 2014, MSU beat Purdue, 45-31 on Oct. 11 and followed that up with a 56-17 victory over Indiana on Oct. 18.

• Michigan State scored touchdowns on five consecutive possessions during the second and third quarters . . . MSU scored six touchdowns on its 10 drives.

Cody White tied his career high with two touchdown catches (15 yards in second quarter; 10 yards in third quarter) . . . he finished with three receptions for 41 yards . . . White, a BTN All-Freshman Team selection, closed his first year in the Green and White with the most receiving yards by a true freshman in school history with 490 . . . his 35 catches were second most by a true freshman (Sedrick Irvin with 40 in 1996) and most by a true freshman wide receiver (B.J. Cunningham had 41 catches for 528 yards as a redshirt freshman in 2008).

• Michigan State entered the game No. 2 in the FBS in time of possession and held a 36:42-23:18 advantage over the Cougars.

• Michigan State rushed for 227 yards, marking the sixth time this season the Spartans have rushed for at least 200 yards . . . MSU closed the season with three straight 200-yard plus rushing performances . . . MSU is 39-6 in games when rushing for more than 200 yards under Dantonio.

• Senior linebacker Chris Frey was named the Holiday Bowl Defensive MVP after tying for the team lead with six tackles and also recovering a fumble, his team-best third fumble recovery of the season . . . Frey finished his career with 193 tackles.

• Sophomore linebacker Joe Bachie also collected six stops in the game and finished with a team-best 100 tackles for the season.

Khari Willis recorded his second interception of the season in the fourth quarter.

• MSU limited Washington State to 24 yards rushing, marking the ninth opponent the Spartans held under 100 yards rushing in 2017 . . . in 145 games under Dantonio, Michigan State has held its opponent under 100 yards rushing 72 times (49 percent). MSU is 63-9 (.875) in those games, including a 53-4 (.930) record since 2010.

• Michigan State’s 25-point win (42-17) over Washington State was its largest margin of victory in a bowl game (previous: 20 vs. Hawaii in 1989 Aloha Bowl, won 33-13).

• Michigan State scored 21 points in the second quarter, tying a school bowl record for most points in a quarter; MSU also had 21 points in the fourth quarter of the 2015 Cotton Bowl comeback win over Baylor.

• The 42 points tie for second most by the Spartans in a bowl game (44 vs. Fresno State in 2001 Silicon Valley Bowl; 42 vs. Baylor in 2015 Cotton Bowl).

Brian Lewerke’s three touchdown passes tied a Spartan bowl record (accomplished three previous times) . . . Lewerke’s 73 yards rushing were the most by a Spartan quarterback in a bowl game. Michigan State’s first scoring drive of the game went 16 plays for 81 yards and used 9:24 on the clock, capped by a 15-yard touchdown pass from Brian Lewerke to Cody White . . . the scoring drive set MSU bowl records for most plays (16) and time of possession (9:24) . . . MSU’s previous longest scoring drive was 8:09 in the 1989 Gator Bowl vs. Georgia; MSU had 15-play scoring drives three previous times in bowl games.



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