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Spartans Ready to Kick Off 2017 Season Against Bowling Green

Sept. 1, 2017

Game 1: Michigan State (0-0) vs. Bowling Green (0-0)
 Date | Time Saturday, Sept. 2 | 12:01 p.m.
 Location East Lansing, Mich.
Spartan Stadium (75,005/Natural Grass)
 Television ESPNU
 Broadcast Team Clay Matvick (play-by-play)
Kirk Morrison (analyst)
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 Game Notes Michigan State | Bowling Green
 Series Information MSU leads, 2-0
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FIRST-AND-10 –
• Michigan State kicks off its 121st season of football against Bowling Green on Saturday, Sept. 2 at noon in Spartan Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPNU. The Spartans are looking to win their 19th consecutive home opener and improve to 10-1 in season openers under 11th-year head coach Mark Dantonio.

• Michigan State’s streak of 18 straight wins in its home opener, which began in 1999 against Oregon, is the sixth-longest active streak in the country (Florida, 27; Wisconsin and Oklahoma State, 21; Illinois and Arizona State, 19; MSU, 18). MSU is 99-21 (.825) all-time in home openers, including 10-0 under Dantonio.

• Saturday’s game marks the third meeting between Michigan State and Bowling Green. MSU won the inaugural meeting in 1981, 10-7, and the most recent meeting in 2007, 28-17, which was during Dantonio’s first season as head coach in East Lansing.

• Michigan State is 81-36-3 (.688) all-time in season openers, including a 16-2 record (.889) in its last 18 games. The Spartans have won their last eight season openers.

• MSU is 39-6 (.867) against current members of the Mid-American Conference (2-0 vs. Akron, 2-0 vs. Bowling Green, 7-3 vs. Central Michigan, 10-0 vs. Eastern Michigan, 1-0 vs. Kent State, 3-1 vs. Miami-Ohio, 1-0 vs. Ohio, 1-0 vs. Toledo and 12-2 vs. Western Michigan). MSU has won 31 of its last 34 games against MAC opponents. Saturday is the first of two meetings between MSU and a MAC team, as the Spartans will take on Western Michigan next week. Dantonio is 11-1 against MAC opponents during his tenure at MSU.

• Michigan State is in the midst of its second-winningest decade in school history and is looking to get back to its winning ways under Dantonio in 2017. The Spartans are 68-25 (.731) since 2010 and during that span, MSU has claimed three Big Ten Championships (2010, 2013, 2015) and three Big Ten Division titles (2011, 2013, 2015). In addition, the Spartans recorded a school-record four consecutive bowl victories (2012 Outback against No. 18 Georgia, 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings against TCU, 2014 Rose Bowl Game against No. 5 Stanford, 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic against No. 4 Baylor), which also tied a Big Ten record. MSU was the only school to finish in the top-six of the national polls from 2013-15 (No. 3 in 2013, No. 5 in 2014, No. 6 in 2015).

• The 68 wins this decade are second most in the Big Ten and tied for 11th most in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, while the 39 wins since 2013 are tied for third in the Big Ten and tied for eighth most in the FBS. The 36 wins from 2013-15 marked the winningest three-year stretch in the history of the program. MSU’s highest winning percentage by decade is currently the 1950s (.766, 70-21-1 record).

• The Spartans have had sustained success in the Big Ten Conference under Dantonio. MSU has won two of the past four Big Ten Championships (2013, 2015) and three overall this decade, also claiming a championship in 2010. The Spartans own victories in 26 of their last 36 games against Big Ten opponents (including the Big Ten Championship Game), dating back to the 2012 regular-season finale, including 19 wins by double-figures.

• Since 2008, MSU has recorded 50 Big Ten regular-season victories, third most of any team in the conference. The Spartans produced back-to-back 11-win seasons in 2010-11 for the first time in program history, claimed a share of the Big Ten Championship in 2010, won the inaugural Big Ten Legends Divisions title in 2011, won the 2013 Big Ten Championship and 2014 Rose Bowl Game, won the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic and captured the 2015 East Division and Big Ten Championships.

• Dantonio owns a 90-42 (.682) record in 10 seasons as head coach of the Spartans. Dantonio has won the most Big Ten Championships (three) and bowl games (four) of any Spartan head coach and also ranks first with nine bowl appearances. He is the only active Big Ten coach to win multiple Big Ten Championships (2010, 2013, 2015), claim a victory in the Rose Bowl (2014), and coach in the College Football Playoff (2015). The second-winningest coach in school history with 90 victories, trailing only Hall of Famer Duffy Daugherty (109), Dantonio also ranks first in program history in conference winning percentage (.654, 53-28 record, minimum 10 games), second in home wins (53) and AP Top 25 victories (17), tied for second in Big Ten wins (53) and AP Top 25 finishes (six), and fifth in overall winning percentage (.682).

STAT LEADERS –
Michigan State (top returnees | 2016 statistics):
Rushing – LJ Scott (184 carries for 994 yards, 5.4 avg, 6 TDs)
Passing – Brian Lewerke (31-of-57, .544, 351 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT)
Receiving – Felton Davis III (12 catches for 150 yards, 12.5 avg., 1 TD)
Tackles – Chris Frey (96 tackles, 40 solos, 56 assists, 4 TFLs, 1 FF)

Bowling Green (top returnees | 2016 statistics):
Rushing – Josh Cleveland (101 carries for 649 yards, 6.4 avg, 2 TDs)
Passing – James Morgan (183-of-326 for 2,082 yards, 16 TDs, 15 INTs)
Receiving – Scott Miller (74 catches for 968 yards, 13.1 avg, 10 TDs)
Tackles – Jamari Bozeman (71 tackles, 42 solo, 29 assists, 1.5 TFLs, 3 INT, 3 PBU, 1 FF)

A QUICK GLANCE AT BOWLING GREEN (0-0, 0-0 MAC) –
• The Falcons return 13 starters as part of 42 letterwinners from last season’s squad that was 4-8 overall and 3-5 in MAC action, finishing tied for third in the East Division.

• Head coach Mike Jinks is entering his second season at the helm of the Falcons.

• Last season Bowling Green was ninth in the MAC in scoring defense (24.8 ppg), while ranking 12th in scoring defense (38.3 ypg). The Falcons were sixth in total offense (406.9 ypg), ranking fifth in rushing offense (180.8 ypg) and eighth in passing offense (226.1 ypg). Defensively, BGSU was 10th in total defense (464.2 ypg), ranking ninth in rushing defense (190.9 ypg) and 11th in passing defense (273.3 ypg). Bowling Green led the MAC in punting at 45.8 ypp.

• Leading the Falcons’ offense is sophomore quarterback James Morgan, who started five games and played in all 12 games last season. Morgan threw for 2,082 yards on 183-of-326 (.561) passing with 16 TDs and 15 INTs, averaging 173.5 yards per game.

• The senior duo of Josh Cleveland and Donovan Wilson will look to replace last season’s leading rusher, Fred Coppet, who had 1,030 yards with eight TDs a year ago. Cleveland tallied 649 yards on 101 carries (59.0 ypg) with two TDs, while Wilson totalled 503 yards on 110 carries (41.9 ypg) with five TDs.

• Junior wide receiver Scott Miller returns after leading the Falcons’ receiving corps a year ago, snaring 74 catches for 968 yards (80.7 ypg) with 10 TDs, earning first-team All-MAC accolades.

• While Bowling Green’s leading tackler from last season, Trenton Greene, is gone after posting 111 tackles on the way to earning second-team All-MAC honors, the Falcons return their second and third leading tacklers from 2016.

• Junior safety Jamari Bozeman was second on the team with 71 stops, including leading the Falcons with three INTs and six passes defended, earning third-team All-MAC recognition.

• Junior linebacker Brandon Harris was third on the team with 59 tackles, adding three tackles for loss, one sack and two INTs.

• Senior defensive tackle Gus Schwieterman tallied 12 tackles for loss last season, including five sacks, leading Bowling Green in both categories.

• Senior punter Joseph Davidson returns after earning first-team All-MAC honors, as well as a Ray Guy Award semifinalist, honoring the nation’s best punter. Davidson had a 45.8 yards per punt average for his 61 punts, with 21 inside the 20. He led the nation with nine punts of 60+ yards and added 19 punts of 50+ yards.

• Junior placekicker Jake Suder was 35-of-38 on PATs and was 9-of-12 on field goals last season with a long of 44 yards.

THE LAST MEETING –
Sept. 8, 2007, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP): Brian Hoyer completed 17-of-29 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns as Michigan State held off Bowling Green, 28-17. Devin Thomas had four catches for 156 yards and a fourth-quarter TD. Bowling Green quarterback Tyler Sheehan completed 32 of 50 passes for 295 yards with a TD and ran for another score. Like Hoyer, he threw two interceptions.

Michigan State grabbed a 21-14 lead early in the third quarter on a 5-yard TD plunge by Jehuu Caulcrick. Thomas made the key play in the drive, fighting off defender Kenny Lewis to haul in a 42-yard pass from Hoyer.

Bowling Green pulled to within 21-17 late in the third quarter on a 31-yard field goal by Sinisa Vrvilo. But the Falcons’ hopes fizzled when MSU intercepted a Sheehan pass early in the fourth quarter, setting up Michigan State at the Falcons 25. Hoyer connected with Thomas for a 17-yard touchdown to give the Spartans a 28-17 lead.

Bowling Green put a scare into the Spartans early, capitalizing on a Michigan State turnover to grab a 14-7 lead with 10:26 left in the second quarter. The Falcons’ Adrian Baker, a defensive end, picked off a deflected Hoyer pass to set up Bowling Green at the Michigan State 42. Eight plays later, Sheehan scrambled up the middle for a 6-yard TD run.

Michigan State’s Otis Wiley intercepted a Sheehan pass midway through the second quarter, setting up the Spartans on the Falcons 18. Hoyer connected with Kellen Davis on a 7-yard TD pass behind two Bowling Green defenders to tie it at 14 at halftime.

QUICK LOOK AT THE 2017 SCHEDULE –
• Michigan State will face nine teams on its 2017 schedule that appeared in postseason bowl games last season, including eight Big Ten opponents.

• The Spartans will open the 2017 season with four consecutive home games for the first time since 2002 and for only the fifth time in school history (1918: 5 straight, 1924: 4, 1928: 5, 2002: 5; 2017: 4).

• Michigan State will play a total of seven home games in 2017, including three nonconference contests (Bowling Green, Western Michigan, Notre Dame) and four Big Ten games (Iowa, Indiana, Penn State, Maryland).

• In Week 2, MSU will host Western Michigan on Saturday, Sept. 9. Dantonio is 4-0 against the Broncos and the Spartans are 12-2 all-time against WMU in a series that dates back to 1908. Western Michigan went 13-1 last season en route to winning the MAC Championship and playing in the Cotton Bowl.

• Michigan State will host Notre Dame for the first time since 2012 on Sept. 17 in Spartan Stadium. The Spartans defeated the Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium last season, 36-18. Dantonio is 4-4 in his tenure against Notre Dame, including a 2-1 record in East Lansing.

• The Spartans open Big Ten play against Iowa on Sept. 30 in Spartan Stadium. MSU also hosts Indiana (Oct. 21), Penn State (Nov. 4) and Maryland (Nov. 18) in Big Ten action, while traveling to Michigan (Oct. 7), Minnesota (Oct. 14), Northwestern (Oct. 27), Ohio State (Nov. 11) and Rutgers (Nov. 25).

Brian Allen, Chris Frey VOTED 2017 TEAM CAPTAINS –
• Following the last practice of preseason camp on Aug. 24, MSU head coach Mark Dantonio announced the 2017 captains to the team -- senior offensive lineman Brian Allen and senior linebacker Chris Frey.

• In addition, Dantonio announced the 12-man Eagle leadership council for the season, which includes Allen, Frey, sophomore linebacker Joe Bachie, junior linebacker Byron Bullough, junior linebacker Andrew Dowell, senior running back Gerald Holmes, sophomore quarterback Brian Lewerke, junior safety Grayson Miller, junior safety Matt Morrissey, junior tight end Matt Sokol, sophomore defensive lineman Raequan Williams and junior safety Khari Willis. The Spartans will vote on an additional two Eagles in the near future, and the group will rotate throughout the season being game captains.

Joe Bachie, Gerald Holmes NAMED GAME CAPTAINS AGAINST BOWLING GREEN –
• Sophomore linebacker Joe Bachie and senior running back Gerald Holmes will be the first Eagles to rotate as game captains against Bowling Green on Saturday.

LJ Scott RETURNS TO LEAD POTENT RUSHING ATTACK –
• Junior LJ Scott, who has been named to the Maxwell Player of the Year and Doak Walker Running Back of the Year Watch Lists, led the Spartans in nearly every rushing category last season, compiling career highs in rushing yards (994), carries (184) and rushing touchdowns (6). His 82.8 rushing yards per game average ranked eighth in the Big Ten during the regular season and his 86.9 ypg in conference play was sixth best. Scott’s 994 rushing yards were seventh most by a Spartan sophomore in a single season. He also had a team-best 10 runs of 20 yards or longer. In addition, Scott had 10 receptions for 147 yards (14.7 avg.).

• The 6-1, 230-pound Scott had five 100-yard games, tied for third most in the Big Ten in the regular season, including four of the last six games (109.7 ypg last six games).

• A third-team All-Big Ten selection by the media, Scott collected career highs in rushing yards (160), all-purpose yards (236) and receiving yards (76) vs. No. 2 Ohio State on Nov. 19. Scott scored on the second play from scrimmage against the Buckeyes on a career-long 64-yard TD reception and also recorded a career-long rush with a 61-yard scamper in the first quarter. He finished with 19 carries for 160 yards (8.4 avg.) and two catches for 76 yards.

• Scott rushed for 139 yards against No. 2 Michigan on Oct. 29, the most by a player against the Wolverines during the regular season. He also compiled 100-yard games against Furman (105), Maryland (128) and Rutgers (122). Scott had 98 yards with a touchdown on 22 carries in the 36-28 win at No. 18 Notre Dame on Sept. 17.

• In 26 career games, including 11 starts, the Hubbard, Ohio, product has rushed for 1,693 yards (65.1 ypg; 5.1 avg.) and 17 touchdowns. Scott already ranks 24th in MSU history with his 1,693 rushing yards, a total that ranks No. 5 in school history for a player through their sophomore season (Lorenzo White: 2,682 yards in 1984 and 1985).

Brian Allen NOMINATED FOR NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION SCHOLAR-ATHLETE CLASS –
• Senior offensive lineman Brian Allen is Michigan State’s 2017 nominee for the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Class. A two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Allen is an economics major with a 3.24 GPA. All nominees must be seniors who have displayed superior performance on the playing field, in the classroom and in the community. Michigan State has had three NFF Scholar-Athletes in Mark Dantonio’s tenure (Kirk Cousins in 2011, Max Bullough in 2013, Mike Sadler in 2014).

YOUTH MOVEMENT –
• Michigan State features one of the youngest teams in the nation with 75 underclassmen on its 2017 roster (35 true freshmen, 16 redshirt freshmen, 24 sophomores), to go along with 24 juniors and 13 seniors.

• Twelve of MSU’s 22 projected starters either on offense or defense are underclassmen (11 sophomores, one redshirt freshmen), and 35 underclassmen are listed on the depth chart (13 sophomores, eight redshirt freshman, 14 true freshmen).

RUNNING GAME KEY FOR SPARTANS UNDER DANTONIO –
• Under Mark Dantonio, Michigan State is 73-16 (.820) when outrushing its opponent, including a 57-9 record (.838) since 2010. Conversely, MSU is 17-26 (.395) under Dantonio when being outgained on the ground by its opponent. The Spartans are 33-6 (.846) in games when gaining 200 or more rushing yards under Dantonio.

ALL IN THE FAMILY –
• Michigan State features three sets of brothers on its 2017 roster: Brian and Matt Allen, Andrew and David Dowell (fraternal twins), and Mike and Jacub Panasiuk.

MICHIGAN STATE FOOTBALL PROGRAM NOTES:
• Michigan State is in the midst of its second-winningest decade in school history and is looking to get back to its winning ways under Dantonio in 2017. The Spartans are 68-25 (.731) since 2010 and during that span, MSU has claimed three Big Ten Championships (2010, 2013, 2015) and three Big Ten Division titles (2011, 2013, 2015). In addition, the Spartans recorded a school-record four consecutive bowl victories (2012 Outback against No. 18 Georgia, 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings against TCU, 2014 Rose Bowl Game against No. 5 Stanford, 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic against No. 4 Baylor), which also tied a Big Ten record. MSU was the only school to finish in the top-six of the national polls from 2013-15 (No. 3 in 2013, No. 5 in 2014, No. 6 in 2015).

• The 68 wins this decade are second most in the Big Ten and tied for 11th most in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, while the 39 wins since 2013 are tied for third in the Big Ten and tied for eighth most in the FBS. The 36 wins from 2013-15 marked the winningest three-year stretch in the history of the program. MSU’s highest winning percentage by decade is currently the 1950s (.766, 70-21-1 record).

• The Spartans have had sustained success in the Big Ten Conference under Dantonio. MSU has won two of the past four Big Ten Championships (2013, 2015) and three overall this decade, also claiming a championship in 2010. The Spartans own victories in 26 of their last 36 games against Big Ten opponents (including the Big Ten Championship Game), dating back to the 2012 regular-season finale, including 19 wins by double-figures.

• Michigan State and Florida are the only schools in the country to win multiple National Championships in football and men’s basketball. MSU has won six national titles in football (1951, 1952, 1955, 1957, 1965, 1966) and two in men’s basketball (1979, 2000). Michigan State is also the only school in the nation to win multiple National Championships in football, men’s basketball and hockey.

• Michigan State is one of only five schools to have had at least one player chosen every year since the inception of the common NFL Draft in 1967. MSU joins Florida, Michigan, Nebraska and USC as the only programs with at least one draft choice for 51 consecutive years.

DANTONIO RANKS SECOND IN WINS AT MICHIGAN STATE –
• Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio, who was a finalist for three national coach of the year awards (Bobby Dodd, George Munger, Eddie Robinson) in 2015, owns a 90-42 (.682) record in 10 seasons as head coach of the Spartans. His .682 winning percentage currently ranks fifth best at MSU. He won his 71st game at MSU on Oct. 25, 2014, against Michigan to move into second place all-time in victories in school history (record: Duffy Daugherty, 109). Dantonio won his 100th career game as a head coach on Oct. 17, 2015, at Michigan Stadium as the Spartans rallied to defeat the Wolverines, 27-23, on a 38-yard fumble return as time expired. His career record stands at 108-59 (.647) in 13 seasons.

• Dantonio’s .654 winning percentage (53-28) in Big Ten games ranks first in MSU history (minimum 10 Big Ten games).

• Dantonio led the Spartans to the 2015 Big Ten Championship with a 16-13 victory over previously undefeated and fourth-ranked Iowa. It marked Dantonio’s third Big Ten Championship (2010, 2013, 2015), establishing a school record (previous: Daugherty and Perles with two each).

• Dantonio became the first coach in Big Ten history to record five 11-win seasons in a six-year span (11 in 2010; 11 in 2011; 13 in 2013, 11 in 2014; 12 in 2015), and his five 11-win seasons are tied with Joe Paterno of Penn State and Urban Meyer of Ohio State for the second most in Big Ten history (Jim Tressel with six; Paterno with five at Penn State as Big Ten member). Prior to Dantonio’s arrival, MSU had not recorded an 11-win season in its history, and had just two 10-win seasons (1965, 1999).

• A two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year (2010, 2013), Dantonio has led Michigan State to Top 25 finishes in six of his 10 seasons (2008: No. 24 in both polls; 2010: No. 14 in both polls; 2011: No. 10 USA TODAY/No. 11 AP; 2013: No. 3 in both polls; 2014: No. 5 in both polls; and 2015: No. 6 in both polls). His six AP Top-25 finishes are tied for second most in school history (“Biggie” Munn, who coached from 1947-53, had six consecutive from 1948-53). Daugherty’s teams posted seven Top-25 finishes during his 19-year tenure from 1954-72.

• Michigan State extended its school record by playing in a bowl game for the ninth consecutive season in 2015 (2007 Champs Sports Bowl, 2009 Capital One Bowl, 2010 Alamo Bowl, 2011 Capital One Bowl, 2012 Outback Bowl, 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, 2014 Rose Bowl, 2015 Cotton Bowl, 2015 College Football Playoff Semifinal at Cotton Bowl).

• Dantonio also extended his school record for most bowl appearances (nine) by a head coach with a trip to the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Cotton Bowl Classic in 2015 (previous record: Perles with seven from 1983-94). Dantonio is 4-5 in bowl games at Michigan State, including a school-record four-game winning streak (2012 Outback, 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings, 2014 Rose, 2015 Cotton). Dantonio has led his teams to 11 bowl berths in 13 seasons as a head coach (nine at MSU, two at Cincinnati).

• From his first day on the job, Dantonio has pledged to support student-athletes as they pursue excellence, both in the classroom and on the playing field. In his first 10 seasons, a total of 189 players have earned their undergraduate degrees. In addition, 136 Spartans have earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, including seven Academic All-America selections. Michigan State has placed three student-athletes in the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Class in the past five years.

• Dantonio is one of just four Spartan head coaches to coach in at least 100 games at MSU and ranks third in Spartan history with 132 games coached at Michigan State (Duffy Daugherty: 183; George Perles: 139; Dantonio: 132; Charlie Bachman: 114).

• Dantonio is the third-longest tenured coach in the Big Ten (Kirk Ferentz, Iowa: 18th season; Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern: 11th season) and eighth-longest in the FBS at the same school.

STAFF CONTINUITY SPARKS DANTONIO’S SUCCESS AT MSU –
• MSU head coach Mark Dantonio has repeatedly stressed the importance of continuity on his coaching staff as one of the main reasons for Michigan State’s success during his tenure. Four of MSU’s nine assistant coaches have been at MSU since Dantonio’s arrival in 2007 (associate head coach/co-defensive coordinator/secondary coach Harlon Barnett, assistant head coach/offensive line coach Mark Staten, co-defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Mike Tressel, co-offensive coordinator/running backs coach Dave Warner). Those four also coached under Dantonio at Cincinnati. Dantonio, Barnett, Staten and Tressel have been on the same staff since 2004. MSU is one of only three schools (Navy, Northwestern) in the FBS to have at least five coaches on the same staff for the past 10 years.

• In addition, quarterbacks coach Brad Salem is in his eighth year on the staff, wide receivers coach Terrence Samuel is in his seventh year, and defensive tackles coach Ron Burton is in his fifth year. Co-offensive coordinator/tight ends coach Jim Bollman, who is also in his fifth season, has coached with Dantonio on three previous occasions: Youngstown State (1986-90), Michigan State (1995-97) and Ohio State (2001-03). Defensive ends coach/special teams coordinator Mark Snyder is in his third year on the staff at MSU.

• Dantonio announced in June 2017 the promotion of Mark Staten to assistant head coach/recruiting coordinator and Sheldon White as the executive director of player personnel and recruiting. Staten, who is entering his 11th season at Michigan State and his 14th as a full-time assistant under Dantonio, has been the program’s offensive line coach since 2011. He previously served as the program’s recruiting coordinator and tight ends/tackles coach from 2007-10. In addition to his new duties, Staten will remain the offensive line coach.

• White, who worked for 19 years in the front office with the Detroit Lions, including Vice President of Pro Personnel for six years and the role of interim general manager in 2015, was hired in 2016 as a program consultant. As executive director of player personnel, White’s primary responsibilities will include coordinating the evaluation of all current players on the active roster, providing detailed evaluations to the coaching staff. He will also play a lead role in organizing the recruiting efforts of the program.

• In addition, Harlon Barnett, previously the program’s assistant head coach, was appointed associate head coach.

SPARTANS TOUGH ON HOME TURF –
• Under Mark Dantonio, Michigan State has produced a 53-17 record (.757) in home games since 2007, including a 15-game winning streak (7-0 in 2010, 7-0 in 2011, won first game in 2012) and a 12-game winning streak (7-0 in 2013; won first five in 2014), which rank second and tied for third, respectively, in Spartan Stadium history.

• MSU is 38-11 (.776) at home since 2010 and 22-6 (.786) since 2013.

Mark Dantonio is 26-3 (.897) against nonconference opponents in Spartan Stadium (only losses: 2009 to Central Michigan; 2012 to No. 20 Notre Dame; 2016 to BYU).

• Dantonio is 10-0 in home openers at MSU and the Spartans’ 18-game winning streak in home openers is the sixth longest in the nation.

SPARTANS SUCCESSFUL IN NON-CONFERENCE GAMES –
Mark Dantonio is 35-13 (.729) against non-conference opponents, including a 26-3 (.897) mark in Spartan Stadium. Dantonio is 25-2 in games against teams outside of the Power Five conferences.


 

 

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