Spartans Host South Florida In First-Ever Meeting
 
 
 
Jeremy Langford rushed for a career-high 94 yards on 20 carries, including a 2-yard touchdown, in the season opener against Western Michigan.

 
Jeremy Langford rushed for a career-high 94 yards on 20 carries, including a 2-yard touchdown, in the season opener against Western Michigan.
 
 

Sep 6, 2013

Game 2:
Michigan State (1-0) vs. South Florida (0-1)
 Date | Time Saturday, Sept. 7 | 12 p.m.
 Location East Lansing, Mich.
Spartan Stadium (75,005/Natural Grass)
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FIRST-AND-10 -
• Saturday's game marks the first meeting between Michigan State and South Florida. During his tenure as head coach at Cincinnati (2004-06), Mark Dantonio went 2-1 against South Florida, recording home wins over the Bulls in 2004 (45-23) and 2006 (23-6) and a loss in Tampa in 2005 (16-31). The Spartans have compiled a 13-8-2 record (.609) against current members of the American Athletic Conference (1-1 vs. Cincinnati, 0-1 vs. Houston, 1-2 vs. Louisville, 1-0 vs. Memphis, 2-3 vs. Rutgers, 1-0 vs. SMU and 7-1-2 vs. Temple).

• Michigan State has compiled a 45-17 record (.726) in games played against non-conference opponents since 1999. Mark Dantonio is 22-9 (.710) against non-conference opponents, including a 17-2 record (.895) in Spartan Stadium. Overall, the Spartans have won 28 of their last 38 non-league games.

• Michigan State is 4-6 all-time against teams from the Sunshine State (1-0 vs. Florida, 3-0 vs. Florida Atlantic, 0-2 vs. Florida State and 0-4 vs. Miami-Fla.).

• Michigan State's defense limited Western Michigan to 11 rushing yards on 27 carries (0.4 yards per rushing attempt). In 80 games under Dantonio, the Spartans have held their opponents below 100 yards rushing on 36 occasions (45 percent).

• After not scoring a defensive touchdown in 2012, the Spartans tallied two defensive scores in the first game of 2013 against Western Michigan, as Kurtis Drummond returned an interception 21 yards in the first quarter and Shilique Calhoun returned a fumble 16 yards in the fourth quarter. It marked the first time the Spartan defense produced two TDs in a game since 2007 at Ohio State (Otis Wiley interception return and Sir Darean Adams fumble return).

• Michigan State's defense recorded three interceptions, nine tackles for losses, including five sacks, 11 pass break-ups and eight quarterback hurries. The last time MSU totaled more than 11 pass break-ups came in 2008 at Northwestern (12). The Spartans hit WMU's quarterbacks a total of 27 times in the game (five sacks plus 22 QB hits).

• The Spartans also produced nine tackles for loss against the Broncos, including five sacks. MSU totaled just 20 sacks last season. Marcus Rush led the way against WMU, tying his career high with two sacks (11 yards), and his second sack forced a fumble that led to Calhoun's touchdown. Max Bullough also tied a career best with 2.5 tackles for loss (7 yards).

• In his first career start at tailback, junior Jeremy Langford set career highs for carries (20) and rushing yards (94). Langford also scored his first career offensive touchdown on a 2-yard run late in the first half. It marked his second career TD as Langford returned a fumble 37 yards for a score against Florida Atlantic in 2011.

• Over the last five years, Michigan State has won more Big Ten games (27) than any other conference team. (Note: Ohio State won 32 games, but had to vacate seven victories following the 2010 season.)

• The Spartans have won 30 of their last 41 games (.732), dating back to the beginning of the 2010 season, including a 17-7 record (.708) in Big Ten regular-season play. MSU's 30 wins since 2010 are tied for 13th most among NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision teams.

STAT LEADERS -
Michigan State (after one game):
Rushing - Jeremy Langford (20 carries for 94 yards, 4.7 avg., 1 TD)
Passing - Andrew Maxwell (11 of 21 for 74 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs)
Receiving - Keith Mumphery (4 catches for 24 yards, 6.0 avg., 0 TDs)
Tackles - Max Bullough (9 tackles, 3 solos, 6 assists, 2.5 TFL)

South Florida (after one game):
Rushing - Marcus Shaw (12 carries for 145 yards, 12.1 avg., 1 TD)
Passing - Bobby Eveld (10 of 20 for 137 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs)
Receiving - Marcus Shaw (5 catches for 47 yards, 9.4 avg., 0 TDs)
Tackles - Reshard Cliett (9 tackles, 7 solos, 2 assists, 2.0 TFL)

SPARTANS FROM THE SUNSHINE STATE -
Michigan State's 2013 roster features seven players from Florida: defensive end Denzel Drone (Plant City), linebacker Jairus Jones (Tampa/Wharton), defensive lineman Noah Jones (Fort Lauderdale/Dillard), wide receiver Macgarrett Kings Jr. (Fort Lauderdale/University School), cornerback Ezra Robinson (Sarasota/Booker), defensive tackle Devyn Salmon (Plant City) and cornerback Justin Williams (Port St. Lucie/Treasure Coast).

PROGRAM NOTES -
• Michigan State secured its third-straight winning campaign (7-6) in 2012 with a thrilling 13-point second-half comeback victory over TCU in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, defeating the Horned Frogs, 17-16. The Spartans have won back-to-back bowl games for the first time since the 1989-90 seasons (MSU defeated Georgia, 33-30, in triple overtime in the 2012 Outback Bowl). MSU is the only Big Ten team to win its last two bowl games in the past two seasons.

• MSU's 30 wins since 2010 ties for 13th most among NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision teams and is second most in the Big Ten during that same period. The Spartans have posted three consecutive winning seasons, a first for the program since recording six in a row from 1985-90. MSU has won 30 of their last 41 games (.732), dating back to the beginning of the 2010 season.

• Michigan State has appeared in a school-record six consecutive bowl games (2007 Champs Sports Bowl, 2009 Capital One Bowl, 2010 Alamo Bowl, 2011 Capital One Bowl, 2012 Outback Bowl, 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl). The six-year bowl streak is currently tied for the 18th longest in the NCAA FBS and second longest in the Big Ten.

• In the past four seasons, MSU has recorded 27 Big Ten victories, the most of any team in the conference (Note: Ohio State won 32 games, but had to vacate seven victories following the 2010 season.). 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, and won the inaugural Big Ten Legends Divisions title in 2011.

SCOUTING SOUTH FLORIDA -
• South Florida is led by first-year head coach Willie Taggart, who spent the previous three seasons (2010-12) as the head coach at Western Kentucky. Taggart led WKU to a 16-20 record during his tenure, including a 7-5 regular-season record in 2012 as the Hilltoppers earned a bid to the Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl, the first bowl appearance in program history. Prior to receiving his first head coaching job at Western Kentucky, Taggart was the running backs coach for three years (2007-09) at Stanford. He mentored Toby Gerhart during his time with the Cardinal, who won the 2009 Doak Walker Award, which is given to the nation's top running back. Taggart was a four-year starting quarterback at Western Kentucky from 1995-98 and finished his career with the most rushing yards (3,997) for a QB in NCAA history. He spent seven years as an assistant at WKU (1999-2006) before leaving for Stanford.

• The Bulls return 13 starters - five on offense, seven on defense and one specialist - from last season's team that went 3-9 overall (1-6 Big East). USF is competing in the first-year American Athletic Conference in 2013.

• South Florida added football to its athletic department in 1997 and spent three seasons competing at the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level before joining the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) as an independent in 2000. The Bulls played three seasons as an independent (2000-02), two in Conference USA (2003-04) and eight in the Big East (2005-2012) before joining the American Athletic Conference in 2013. USF, now in its 17th season of football, owns an overall program record of 111-79 (.584). The Bulls have appeared in six bowl games, compiling a 4-2 record in postseason contests.

• In Willie Taggart's debut as USF head coach, the Bulls fell at home to McNeese State, 53-21. South Florida's defense allowed 424 total yards while the offense turned the ball over three times to the Cowboys, who led 40-7 in the third quarter. Senior running back Marcus Shaw was the bright spot for USF offense as he rushed for a career-best 145 yards on just 12 carries (12.1 avg.), including an 80-yard touchdown run on the Bulls' first play from scrimmage. He also had five catches for 47 yards.

DUANE GOULBOURNE NAMED HONORARY CAPTAIN -
• Former Michigan State running back Duane Goulbourne has been selected honorary captain for Saturday's game against South Florida. He will address the team during the pre-game meal and join the 2013 captains at midfield for the coin toss.

• Goulbourne was a four-year letterwinner (1992-94, 1996) and was named a captain his senior season.

• Ranks seventh in Michigan State history in rushing attempts (627), eighth in rushing yards (2,848), tied for ninth in 100-yard rushing games (10), and tied for 12th in rushing touchdowns (23).

• The Detroit, Mich., native led the Spartans in rushing as a sophomore in 1993 (973 yards on 196 carries) and as a junior in 1994 (930 yards on 214 carries). He ranked sixth in the Big Ten rushing in 1993 and 10th in 1994.

• Was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA after suffering a broken leg during the team's final preseason scrimmage in 1995.

• Earned the Governor's Award (MVP) and President's Award (most outstanding senior back) in 1996 after rushing for 942 yards and seven touchdowns.

• Named MSU's Outstanding Underclass Back in 1993 and 1994.

• Rushed for a career-high 213 yards on 29 attempts in MSU's 24-10 win over Iowa in 1993.

• Four-year letterwinner at Northern High School in Detroit; rushed for 1,615 yards and 23 TDs as a senior.

NOTES FROM THE WESTERN MICHIGAN GAME -
• With its 26-13 victory, Michigan State now leads the all-time series against Western Michigan, 11-2, including an 8-0 mark in games played in Spartan Stadium. The Spartans have won the last nine meetings. Michigan State is 4-0 against the Broncos in season openers (1997, 2003, 2010 and 2013). Mark Dantonio improves to 3-0 in his MSU career against WMU.

• Michigan State is now 37-6 (.860) against current members of the Mid-American Conference (2-0 vs. Akron, 2-0 vs. Bowling Green, 6-3 vs. Central Michigan, 9-0 vs. Eastern Michigan, 1-0 vs. Kent State, 1-0 vs. UMass, 3-1 vs. Miami-Ohio, 1-0 vs. Ohio, 1-0 vs. Toledo and 11-2 vs. Western Michigan). MSU has won 28 of its last 31 games against MAC opponents.

• Michigan State is now 78-36-3 (.679) in season openers, including a 13-2 record (.867) in its last 15 games.

• Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio has compiled an 8-2 record (.800) in season openers. Dantonio is 6-1 in season-opening games at MSU, with the only loss coming at California in 2008, 38-31.

• Michigan State is now 96-21 (.821) in home openers, including a 15-game winning streak that began in 1999. The Spartans have won 17 of their last 18 home openers, with the only setback coming to Colorado State, 23-16, in the 1998 Black Coaches Association Classic. Mark Dantonio is 7-0 in home openers at MSU.

• Friday's Michigan State-Western Michigan game marked just the 14th night game in the 90-year history of Spartan Stadium. Michigan State is now 9-5 (.643) in night games played in Spartan Stadium. Four of those wins came over ranked opponents (No. 19 USC in 1987, No. 10 Notre Dame in 1998, No. 4 Wisconsin in 2011 and No. 24 Boise State in 2012). Michigan State is now 4-0 in season-opening night games in Spartan Stadium, while Mark Dantonio is 6-2 in night games at Spartan Stadium.

• Fifth-year senior linebacker Jairus Jones recorded the first two interceptions of his career. Senior linebacker Max Bullough matched his career high with 2.5 tackles for loss (previous at Wisconsin, 2012). Junior defensive end Marcus Rush equaled his career best with 2.0 sacks (previous at Northwestern, 2011). Rush's 9-yard sack against Zach Terrell in the fourth quarter resulted in a fumble that sophomore defensive end Shilique Calhoun returned 16 yards for a touchdown. Senior cornerback Darqueze Dennard matched his career high with three pass break-ups (previous vs. Boise State, 2012).

• Junior Mike Sadler averaged 38.5 yards on 11 punts, including a career-best six kicks downed inside the Western Michigan 20-yard line. Sadler's 11 punts also matched his career high (11 vs. TCU in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl).

• In his first career start as placekicker, fifth-year senior Kevin Muma kicked a career-high two field goals vs. Western Michigan. Muma connected on a 20-yarder with 4:46 left in the third quarter and made a 30-yarder with just six seconds left in the third. The native of Troy, Mich., also averaged 62.2 yards on six kickoffs, including four touchbacks.