Spartans Take On Youngstown State Saturday in Spartan Stadium
 
 
 
Shilique Calhoun is the first Spartan defensive player to score three touchdowns in the first two games of the season.
 
Shilique Calhoun is the first Spartan defensive player to score three touchdowns in the first two games of the season.
 
 

Sept. 13, 2013

Game 3:
Michigan State (2-0) vs. Youngstown State (2-0)
 Date | Time Saturday, Sept. 14 | 2:06 p.m.
 Location East Lansing, Mich.
Spartan Stadium (75,005/Natural Grass)
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FIRST-AND-10 -
• Saturday's game marks just the fourth time in school history that MSU has played an opponent from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). The Spartans defeated Montana State, 44-3, in the 2009 season opener; Northern Colorado, 45-7, in Week 4 of the 2010 campaign; and Youngstown State, 28-6, in the 2011 season opener.

• Michigan State is off to a 2-0 start for the fourth consecutive year and the fifth time under seventh-year head coach Mark Dantonio.

• After not scoring any defensive touchdowns in 2012, the Spartans have already recorded four this season, which is the most by any team in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision through two games (Kurtis Drummond 21-yard interception vs. Western Michigan; Shilique Calhoun 16-yard fumble recovery vs. WMU; Calhoun 4-yard fumble recovery vs. South Florida; Calhoun 56-yard interception vs. USF). Michigan State has scored 18 defensive touchdowns under Dantonio, including five each in 2007 and 2011. It marks the first time in Michigan State history (single-game records dating back to 1946) that the Spartans have scored four defensive TDs in the first two games of the season.

• Through two games, Michigan State's defense ranks among the national leaders in pass efficiency defense (second with 59.9 rating), total defense (third at 179.5 ypg.), rushing defense (fourth at 50.0 ypg.), pass defense (14th at 129.5 ypg.) and scoring defense (14th at 9.5 ppg.). Michigan State and Alabama are the only two schools to rank in the top 15 nationally in those four categories during both the 2011 and 2012 seasons. In addition, Michigan State's defense has allowed just 2.64 yards per play, which ranks No. 1 in the FBS.

• Michigan State's defense limited South Florida to 89 rushing yards on 35 carries (2.5 yards per rushing attempt). In 81 games under Dantonio, the Spartans have held their opponents below 100 yards rushing on 37 occasions (46 percent).

• Michigan State has compiled a 46-17 record (.730) in games played against non-conference opponents since 1999. Dantonio is 23-9 (.719) against non-conference opponents, including an 18-2 record (.900) in Spartan Stadium. Overall, the Spartans have won 29 of their last 39 non-league games.

• The Spartans have won 31 of their last 42 games (.738), dating back to the beginning of the 2010 season. The 31 wins are tied for second most in the Big Ten and 13th most among NCAA FBS teams during that same time period. • Under Dantonio, Michigan State has produced a 33-11 record (.750) in home games, including a 14-game winning streak spanning the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

• Dantonio previously spent five years at Youngstown State (1986-90) under Jim Tressel, helping the Penguins to three trips to the NCAA I-AA playoffs. While serving as defensive coordinator in 1990, Youngstown State posted a perfect 11-0 regular-season record and ranked second nationally.

• Michigan State assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, played for his father Bill Narduzzi at Youngstown State as a freshman in 1985 and led the Ohio Valley Conference in tackles. His 159 tackles in 1985 still rank as the top freshman single-season total in YSU history. Narduzzi then transferred to Rhode Island and became a three-year starter at linebacker for the Rams from 1987-89. Bill Narduzzi compiled a 68-51-1 record (.571) in 11 seasons as head coach at Youngstown State (1975-85). His 68 wins (third) and .571 winning percentage (fourth) rank among the best coaching totals in YSU history. Narduzzi led Youngstown State to back-to-back NCAA Division II playoff appearances in 1978-79 (combined record of 21-4), with the Penguins falling to Delaware, 38-21, in the 1979 National Championship Game.

STAT LEADERS -
Michigan State (after two games):
Rushing - Jeremy Langford (29 carries for 132 yards, 4.6 avg., 2 TDs)
Passing - Andrew Maxwell (15 of 30 for 114 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs)
Receiving - Jeremy Langford (7 catches for 28 yards, 4.0 avg., 0 TDs)
Tackles - Max Bullough (13 tackles, 4 solos, 9 assists, 2.5 TFL); Kurtis Drummond (13 tackles, 7 solos, 6 assists, 1 interception); Denicos Allen (13 tackles, 6 solos, 7 assists, 2 sacks)

Youngstown State (after two games):
Rushing - Adaris Bellamy (17 carries for 203 yards, 11.9 avg., 1 TD)
Passing - Kurt Hess (25 of 38 for 355 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INTs)
Receiving - Marcel Caver (6 catches for 126 yards, 21.0 avg., 1 TD)
Tackles - Travis Williams (12 tackles, 7 solos, 5 assists, 2.5 TFL, 1 sack)

CELEBRATE 2013 WEEKEND -
• Michigan State University will induct five members into its Athletics Hall of Fame on Thursday, Sept. 12, as part of the "Celebrate 2013" weekend. The Class of 2013 includes: Henry Bullough (football), Kip Miller (hockey), Ryan Miller (hockey), Morris Peterson (basketball) and Jenna Wrobel (volleyball).

The "Celebrate 2013" weekend includes the fourth-annual Varsity Letter Jacket Presentation and Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 12; announcement of the Varsity S Club award winners on Friday, Sept. 13; and culminates Saturday, Sept. 14 with a special recognition of the Hall of Famers during the Michigan State-Youngstown State football game in Spartan Stadium.

Here are bullet-point sketches for MSU's Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2013:

Henry Bullough (football, 1952-54; football assistant coach, 1959-69; 1994)
Hometown - Canton, Ohio
Three-year letterman helped MSU to a combined record of 21-7 (.750) from 1952-54, including 1952 National Championship and 1953 Big Ten title . . . Selected by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round of the 1955 NFL Draft . . . Spent 12 years as an assistant coach at Michigan State (1959-69, 1994); coached 21 seasons in the NFL and became known as the "Doctor of Defense" . . . Named president of the MSU Football Players Association in 2004; later appointed executive director of the organization.

Kip Miller (hockey, 1986-90)
Hometown - Lansing, Mich.
1990 Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner, Hockey News /Bauer College Player of the Year and CCHA Player of the Year . . . Two-time First-Team All-American and two-time First-Team All-CCHA selection . . . Led the NCAA in scoring in both 1988-89 (32 goals, 45 assists, 77 points) and 1989-90 (48-53-101) . . . Spent 14 years in the pros, including 449 games in the NHL (74-165-239 career scoring line).

Ryan Miller (hockey, 1999-2002)
Hometown - East Lansing, Mich.
2001 Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner, USA Hockey College Player of the Year and First-Team All-American . . . Two-time CCHA Player of the Year and 2001 CCHA Tournament MVP . . . NCAA all-time leader in career save percentage (.941) and shutouts (26) while ranking second in career goals against average (1.54) . . . 2010 Olympic MVP/silver medalist and NHL Vezina Trophy (top goalie) winner.

Morris Peterson (basketball, 1995-2000)
Hometown - Flint, Mich.
2000 All-American, including first-team honors from Sporting News . . . 2000 Big Ten Player of the Year and 2000 Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player . . . Two-time First-Team All-Big Ten, including becoming the first non-starter to earn first-team honors in league history . . . NBA First-Round Draft Pick; played 11 seasons in the NBA

Jenna Wrobel (volleyball, 1995-98)
Hometown - Naperville, Ill.
MSU's all-time leader in kills (2,292) and kills per set (5.16) . . . 1998 AVCA First-Team All-American . . . Four-time First-Team All-Big Ten . . . 1995 Asics Freshman All-American and Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

CALHOUN NAMED NATIONAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK -
Sophomore defensive Shilique Calhoun collected several weekly honors after scoring two touchdowns and recording two tackles for loss, including a 9-yard sack, in Michigan State's 21-6 win over South Florida on Sept. 7 at Spartan Stadium.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Calhoun was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week, FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week, CBSSports.com National Defensive Player of the Week and College Football Performance Awards National Defensive Performer of the Week. He also was selected CFPA National Defensive Lineman of the Week and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. In additon, Calhoun was listed on the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll for Week 2.

Calhoun scored two touchdowns against USF, returning a fumble 4 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter and his first career interception 56 yards for another score in the third quarter. He was credited with three solo tackles against the Bulls, with two resulting in losses (12 yards) including a 9-yard sack, and two quarterback hurries. Michigan State's defense allowed 12 first downs, 89 rushing yards (2.5 yards per carry), 66 passing yards and 155 total yards against South Florida.

In two games, Calhoun has scored three defensive TDs, as he also returned a fumble 16 yards against Western Michigan. His three defensive TDs tie a modern-day Michigan State single-season record (games dating back to 1946), and he is the first Spartan to accomplish the feat in the first two games of the season. Calhoun is the first Spartan defensive player to score three TDs in one season since linebacker T.J. Turner accounted for three in 12 games in 1999 (88-yard interception return at Purdue; 26-yard fumble return at Northwestern; and 24-yard fumble return vs. Florida in 2000 Florida Citrus Bowl).

Calhoun is the only defensive player in the Football Bowl Subdivision this season to score three touchdowns in the first two games and leads the Spartans in scoring with 18 points.

SPARTAN DEFENSE RANKS AMONG THE BEST IN THE FBS -
• Through two games, Michigan State's defense ranks among the national leaders in pass efficiency defense (second with 59.9 rating), total defense (third at 179.5 ypg.), rushing defense (fourth at 50.0 ypg.), pass defense (14th at 129.5 ypg.) and scoring defense (14th at 9.5 ppg.). Michigan State and Alabama are the only two schools to rank in the top 15 nationally in those four categories during both the 2011 and 2012 seasons. In addition, Michigan State's defense has allowed just 2.64 yards per play, which ranks No. 1 in the FBS.

Denicos Allen is tied for the team lead with 13 tackles, including two sacks (8 yards).


• After not scoring any defensive touchdowns in 2012, the Spartans have already recorded four this season, which is the most by any team in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision through two games (Kurtis Drummond 21-yard interception vs. Western Michigan; Shilique Calhoun 16-yard fumble recovery vs. WMU; Calhoun 4-yard fumble recovery vs. South Florida; Calhoun 56-yard interception vs. USF). Michigan State has scored 18 defensive touchdowns under Dantonio, including five each in 2007 and 2011. It marks the first time in Michigan State history (single-game records dating back to 1946) that the Spartans have scored four defensive TDs in the first two games of the season.

• Michigan State's defense limited South Florida to 89 rushing yards on 35 carries (2.5 yards per rushing attempt). In 81 games under Dantonio, the Spartans have held their opponents below 100 yards rushing on 37 occasions (46 percent).

• Michigan State has led the Big Ten in total defense and rushing defense the past two seasons.

• In 81 games under Dantonio, the Spartans have held their opponents below 100 yards rushing on 37 occasions (46 percent).

• Michigan State returns seven starters and 11 players with starting experience from the Big Ten's top-ranked defense in 2012. The Spartan defense ranked among the NCAA FBS Top 10 in eight categories: touchdowns allowed (second with 16), pass efficiency defense (third at 98.8), total defense (fourth at 274.4 ypg.), pass break-ups (tied for eighth at 4.8 pg.), rushing defense (eighth at 98.6 ypg.), third-down defense (eighth at .305), pass defense (ninth at 175.8 ypg.) and scoring defense (ninth at 16.3 ppg.). In addition, MSU also led the Big Ten in six defensive categories (touchdowns allowed, total defense, scoring defense, pass efficiency defense, rushing defense and third-down defense).

• The Spartans are one of just five NCAA FBS schools, along with Alabama, Florida State, Florida and LSU, to rank among the Top 10 nationally in total defense the past two seasons. Michigan State ranked fourth in total defense in 2012 (274.4 ypg.) and sixth in 2011 (277.4 ypg).

• MSU has also ranked in the NCAA FBS Top 10 the past two seasons in rushing defense (eighth in 2012 at 98.6 yppg.; ninth in 2011 at 100.5 ypg.) and scoring defense (ninth in 2012 at 16.3 ppg.; 10th in 2011 at 18.4 ppg). Michigan State, Alabama and Florida State are the only schools in the nation to rank among the NCAA FBS Top 10 in total defense, rushing defense and scoring defense the past two seasons.

• In addition, MSU has ranked among the NCAA FBS Top 15 in pass defense in 2011 (11th at 176.9 ypg.) and 2012 (ninth at 175.8 ypg.). Michigan State and Alabama are the only two programs in the country to rank in the NCAA FBS Top 15 the past two seasons in total defense, rushing defense, passing defense and scoring defense.

• The Spartans return five players who received All-Big Ten recognition on defense in 2012, including first-team selections Max Bullough (LB) and Darqueze Dennard (CB). Senior linebacker Denicos Allen, senior strong safety Isaiah Lewis and junior defensive end Marcus Rush earned honorable mention All-Big Ten accolades from the coaches and media.

• Senior linebacker Max Bullough has led the Spartans in tackles the previous two seasons (89 in 2011; career-high 111 in 2012). Bullough was re-elected a team captain and is just the third Spartan to be named a captain at least twice in the Dantonio era (Greg Jones, 2009-10; Kirk Cousins, 2009-11). Bullough is featured on preseason watch lists for the Bednarik (defensive player of the year), Butkus (nation's best linebacker) and Lombardi (nation's best lineman) Awards, and also was named to the Nagurski Trophy (defensive player of the year), Lott IMPACT Trophy and College Football Performance Awards Linebacker Trophy Watch Lists. He was a preseason All-America selection by Phil Steele's College Football Preview (second team) and Athlon Sports (third team).

• In 2012, the Spartans surrendered 16 offensive touchdowns (six rushing, 10 passing) - the second-fewest allowed in the NCAA FBS. Only Notre Dame (15) permitted fewer TDs. MSU only allowed five offensive touchdowns in the second half in 2012 (Ohio State, Iowa, two by Nebraska, and Northwestern).

• MSU also ranked tied for third in the nation in rushing touchdowns allowed (6), along with Rutgers and Utah State. Notre Dame ranked first (4), followed by BYU (5).

• Michigan State led the Big Ten and ranked eighth in the NCAA FBS in rushing defense, allowing just 98.6 yards per game. The season rushing average (98.6 ypg.) marked one of the top defensive efforts in Spartan history (10th-fewest allowed). The last time MSU surrendered less than 100 yards rushing per game in a season came in 1999 (76.2 ypg.).

• The Spartans led the Big Ten and ranked No. 9 in the NCAA FBS in scoring defense, allowing just 16.3 points per game. The last time MSU permitted a lower scoring average came in 1989 (13.6 ppg.).

• Michigan State led the conference and ranked No. 4 in the NCAA FBS in total defense, permitting just 274.4 yards per game, which was the lowest season average (total defense) since 1987 (241.0 ypg.).

• Michigan State's defense allowed just 74 points in the second half/overtime last season (five touchdowns, 13 field goals). The Spartans shut out three opponents in the second half (Boise State, Eastern Michigan, Indiana).

• Michigan State held four opponents (Boise State, Central Michigan, Michigan, Minnesota) without an offensive touchdown in 2012.

• Since the beginning of 2011, Michigan State has held 17 opponents under 100 rushing yards (seven in 2011; eight in 2012; two in 2013). In addition, MSU has held nine opponents under 50 yards rushing (three times in 2011; five in 2012; once in 2013) since 2011.

• Since the beginning of the 2010 season, Michigan State's defense has held 11 opponents to less than 10 points.

• Michigan State has forced at least one turnover in 64 of 81 games over the last seven seasons (79 percent of the games played since 2007).

SPARTANS LEAD FBS IN DEFENSIVE TOUCHDOWNS -
• After not scoring any defensive touchdowns in 2012, the Spartans have already recorded four this season, which is the most by any team in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision through two games (Kurtis Drummond 21-yard interception vs. Western Michigan; Shilique Calhoun 16-yard fumble recovery vs. WMU; Calhoun 4-yard fumble recovery vs. South Florida; Calhoun 56-yard interception vs. USF). Michigan State has scored 18 defensive touchdowns under Dantonio, including five each in 2007 and 2011.

THREE-AND-OUT -
• In 2012, the Spartans forced their opponents to go three-and-out on 68 of 167 possessions (41 percent; 5.23 per game - fourth in the NCAA FBS ).

• In two games this season, the Spartans have forced their opponents to go three-and-out on 17 of 31 possessions (55 percent; 8.5 per game). [Three-and-out: either holding opponent without a first down within its first three plays on a new series or forcing a turnover in the first three plays.]

• In the season-opening win over Western Michigan, the Spartans forced the Broncos to go three-and-out on nine of their 17 possessions (53 percent), including two turnovers.

SCOUTING YOUNGSTOWN STATE -
• Youngstown State is off to a 2-0 start for the second-straight season, with home victories over Dayton (28-10) and Morehead State (67-13). The Penguins are ranked No. 23 in this week's Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Coaches' Poll.

• YSU is led by fourth-year head coach Eric Wolford, who owns an 18-17 record entering today's game. Wolford began his tenure with a 3-8 mark in 2010, but has improved every season, including a 6-5 record in 2011 and a 7-4 record in 2012. Wolford has been an assistant coach at South Carolina (2009), Illinois (2007-08), Arizona (2004-06), North Texas (2003), Houston (2000-02) and South Florida (1997-99). He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Kansas State and was a four-year starter as an offensive guard for the Wildcats (1990-93).

• The Penguins have been dominant on offense in their first two games, racking up 95 points in their two victories. YSU ranks first in the FCS in rushing (363.0 ypg.; 8.1 avg.), fourth in total offense (579.0 ypg.) and sixth in scoring (47.5 ppg.).

• Fifth-year senior quarterback Kurt Hess is Youngstown State's all-time leader in touchdown passes (56) and 200-yard passing games (19), and also ranks second in school history in completion percentage (.624), passing yards (7,052) and pass completions (567). Hess, who has started the past 35 games for YSU, completed 17-of-35 passes for 126 yards with one TD and one interception against the Spartans in 2011. He threw a school-record 26 touchdowns as a sophomore that same season.

• Youngstown State is one of only two schools to win at least four FCS National Championships (previously I-AA). The Penguins claimed the national title in 1991, 1993, 1994 and 1997, all under former head coach Jim Tressel. The program was named the Division I-AA Team of the 1990s. Overall, YSU is 25-7 all-time in FCS Playoff games, including six appearances in the National Championship game.

• Youngstown State owns a 20-25-1 overall record against FBS opponents, including a 31-17 victory at Pittsburgh in 2012.

NOTES FROM THE SOUTH FLORIDA GAME -
• Michigan State won the first-ever meeting against South Florida, 21-6, last Saturday in Spartan Stadium. Mark Dantonio improved to 3-1 lifetime against South Florida (2-1 at Cincinnati and 1-0 at MSU).

• Michigan State's defense allowed 12 first downs, 89 rushing yards, 66 passing yards and 155 total yards against South Florida. The Spartans recorded six tackles for loss (27 yards), including three sacks (20 yards), five pass break-ups and 11 quarterback hurries. In addition, the Bulls went 1-of-13 (.077) on third-down conversions.

• Junior free safety Kurtis Drummond recorded nine tackles against South Florida, just one off his career high (10 vs. Nebraska in 2012).

• For the second week in a row, fifth-year senior linebacker Denicos Allen recorded a sack and moved into seventh place on MSU's all-time list with 16 career sacks. Allen also was credited with eight tackles, a pass break-up and a quarterback hurry against South Florida.

• Fifth-year senior defensive end Denzel Drone posted a career-best five tackles against South Florida.

• Sophomore quarterback Connor Cook earned his first career start against South Florida. Cook completed 6-of-11 passes for 32 yards and rushed nine times for 10 yards. Michigan State's last 20 quarterbacks have compiled a 14-6 record (.700) in their first collegiate start, including a 10-2 mark (.833) in home games.

• Junior punter Mike Sadler averaged 45.6 yards on seven punts against South Florida, placing four kicks inside the opponent's 20-yard line. In two games, Sadler has placed 10 of his 18 punts (56 percent) inside the opponent's 20.

DEFENSIVE TOUCHDOWNS SCORED DURING Mark Dantonio ERA -
Michigan State has scored 18 defensive touchdowns since Mark Dantonio took over as head coach prior to the 2007 season, including five each in 2007 and 2011.

2007 (5)
Travis Key 31-yard interception return vs. Pittsburgh, second quarter
Ervin Baldwin 12-yard fumble return vs. Indiana, third quarter
Otis Wiley 54-yard interception return vs. Ohio State, third quarter
Sir Darean Adams 25-yard fumble return vs. Ohio State, third quarter
Travis Key 20-yard fumble recovery vs. Purdue, fourth quarter

2008 (2)
Otis Wiley 31-yard interception return vs. California, second quarter
Johnny Adams 40-yard interception return vs. Purdue, second quarter

2009 (2)
Danny Fortener 45-yard interception return vs. Illinois, third quarter
Chris L. Rucker 11-yard fumble return vs. Purdue, first quarter

2010 - None

2011 (5)
Jeremy Langford 37-yard fumble return vs. Florida Atlantic, fourth quarter Isaiah Lewis 37-yard interception return vs. Central Michigan, second quarter Isaiah Lewis 39-yard interception return vs. Michigan, fourth quarter Johnny Adams 86-yard interception return vs. Indiana, third quarter Darqueze Dennard 38-yard interception return vs. Georgia, third quarter, 2012 Outback Bowl

2012 - None

2013 (4)
Kurtis Drummond 21-yard interception return vs. Western Michigan, first quarter Shilique Calhoun 16-yard fumble return vs. Western Michigan, fourth quarter Shilique Calhoun 4-yard fumble return vs. South Florida, second quarter Shilique Calhoun 56-yard interception return vs. South Florida, third quarter