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Michigan State Hosts Indiana In 500th Game At Spartan Stadium
 
 
 
Michigan State will play the 500th game in Spartan Stadium history on Saturday against Indiana.
 
Michigan State will play the 500th game in Spartan Stadium history on Saturday against Indiana.
 
 

Oct. 11, 2013

Game 6:
Michigan State (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten) vs. Indiana (3-2, 1-0 Big Ten)
 Date | Time Saturday, Oct. 12 | 12 p.m.
 Location East Lansing, Mich.
Spartan Stadium (75,005/Natural Grass)
 Televison ESPN2
 Broadcast Team Beth Mowins (play-by-play) | Joey Galloway (analyst)
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The Last Meeting
Michigan State31
Indiana27
October 6, 2012
Bloomington, Ind.
Spartans Rally Past Hoosiers, 31-27
Andrew Maxwell passed for 290 yards and two touchdowns, and Michigan State rallied from a 17-point deficit to defeat Indiana 31-27 on Saturday.

FIRST-AND-10 -
• Saturday's game marks the 60th meeting between Michigan State and Indiana. The Spartans lead the all-time series against the Hoosiers, 42-15-2, including a 22-6-1 record in games played in East Lansing, Mich. MSU has won 12 of the last 14 meetings overall. The Spartans defeated the Hoosiers, 31-27, in the Big Ten opener last season. MSU head coach Mark Dantonio is 4-0 during his tenure against Indiana.

• Since 1950, the winner of the Michigan State-Indiana game has been presented the Old Brass Spittoon. The brass spittoon came from one of Michigan's earliest trading posts and is widely believed to be nearly 190 years old. Legend has it that the spittoon was around when both institutions were founded - Indiana in 1820 and MAC in 1855. Since 1950, Michigan State leads the series 42-12-1.

• Michigan State is 63-31-3 (.665) in 97 Homecoming games, including a 10-1-1 record against Indiana. The Hoosiers' last trip to East Lansing, Mich., for Homecoming resulted in a 52-27 Spartan victory on Oct. 13, 2007. The Spartans have won five of their last six Homecoming games. MSU has a 49-22-2 (.685) record in Homecoming contests played in October.

• Spartan Stadium is in its 90th season as home to Michigan State football. Since its opening in 1923, Michigan State has won 69 percent of its games played in Spartan Stadium. Another milestone will be reached Saturday afternoon against Indiana when Spartan Stadium plays host to its 500th game. Michigan State has compiled a 339-147-13 record (.692) since taking up residency in Spartan Stadium (formerly Macklin Field) in 1923.

• Through five games, Michigan State's defense ranks No. 1 in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision in total defense (203.8 yards per game), rushing defense (51.2 ypg.), pass efficiency defense (81.16 rating) and opponent third-down conversions (22 percent; 17-for-77). The Spartans also rank among the national leaders in scoring defense (seventh at 13.4 ppg.) and passing defense (eighth at 152.6 ypg.), figures which also rank No. 1 in the Big Ten. Michigan State and Alabama are the only two schools to rank in the top 15 nationally in total defense, scoring defense, pass defense and rushing defense during both the 2011 and 2012 seasons. In addition, Michigan State's defense has allowed just 3.28 yards per play, which ranks No. 1 in the FBS.

• Since 2008, MSU has recorded 28 Big Ten victories, the most of any team in the conference (Note: Ohio State has won 34 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.

• Senior cornerback Darqueze Dennard, who tied his career high with two interceptions and led the Spartans with a career-high eight tackles in the 26-14 win at Iowa, has been named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. It marks the first career weekly Big Ten honor for the 5-foot-11, 197-pound Dennard.

• After not scoring any defensive touchdowns in 2012, the Spartans have already recorded four this season, which is tied for the most by any team in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision in 2013 (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 marked 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. The four defensive touchdowns are tied for the fourth most in a single season in school history (school-record six in 1999; five in 2007 and 2011).

• In five games this season, the Spartans have forced their opponents to go three-and-out on 38 of 69 possessions (55 percent; 7.6 per game), which ranks first in the nation. [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.]

• The Spartans have won 33 of their last 45 games (.733), dating back to the beginning of the 2010 season. The 33 wins are tied for the most in the Big Ten and tied for 12th most among NCAA FBS teams during that same time period.

STAT LEADERS -
Michigan State (after five games):
Rushing - Jeremy Langford (72 carries for 311 yards, 4.3 avg., 4 TDs)
Passing - Connor Cook (68 of 125 for 688 yards, 7 TDs, 1 INT)
Receiving - Macgarrett Kings Jr. (18 catches for 230 yards, 12.8 avg., 3 TDs)
Tackles - Kurtis Drummond (30 tackles, 16 solos, 14 assists, 2.0 TFL, 1 interception, 3 PBUs)

Indiana (after five games):
Rushing - Tevin Coleman (76 carries for 478 yards, 6.3 avg., 7 TDs)
Passing - Nate Sudfeld (104 of 162 for 1,467 yards, 13 TDs, 6 INTs)
Receiving - Cody Latimer (28 catches for 486 yards, 17.4 avg., 2 TDs)
Tackles - David Cooper (41 tackles, 22 solos, 19 assists, 1.5 TFL)

THE LAST MEETING -
Oct. 6, 2012, in Bloomington, Ind. (AP): Andrew Maxwell passed for 290 yards and two touchdowns, and Michigan State rallied from a 17-point deficit to defeat Indiana 31-27. Aaron Burbridge caught eight passes for 134 yards and Le'Veon Bell ran for 121 yards and two touchdowns on 37 carries for the Spartans. Cameron Coffman passed for 282 yards and three touchdowns and Shane Wynn had 12 catches for 70 yards for the Hoosiers, who led 27-17 at the end of the third quarter. Indiana could have given second-year coach Kevin Wilson his first conference win, but the Hoosiers went three-and-out on critical back-to-back possessions in the fourth quarter. Michigan State, which gave up nearly 200 yards in the first quarter, held Indiana to 37 yards and two first downs in the second half.

Indiana started Coffman over Nate Sudfeld at quarterback, and the Hoosiers' no-huddle offense rolled right down the field against one of the nation's best defenses. Coffman fired a 19-yard touchdown pass to Stephen Houston 77 seconds into the game. Two possessions later, Mitch Ewald's 32-yard field goal made it 10-0 Hoosiers. After Michigan State was called for a roughing-the-punter penalty, Coffman took advantage with a 21-yard touchdown pass to Ted Bolser with 38 seconds left in the first quarter. Michigan State finally got it going in the second quarter. Bell scored from 2 yards out to cut Indiana's lead to 17-7. Maxwell followed with a 15-yard touchdown pass to running back Larry Caper to trim Indiana's lead to 17-14 with 6:26 left in the first half. Indiana came right back when Coffman found Wynn for a 17-yard touchdown pass. Indiana recovered an onside kick, and a 19-yard field goal by Ewald gave Indiana a 27-14 lead at halftime. Coffman completed 23 of 30 passes for 256 yards in the first half.

Michigan State got the ball first in the second half, and a 46-yard field goal by Dan Conroy cut Indiana's lead to 27-17. Michigan State went for it on fourth down at the Indiana 2 and Bell got a yard on a play that was reviewed. Two plays later, Bell scored from the 1, cutting Indiana's lead to 27-24 with 7:49 to play. Coffman missed on three straight passes, and Michigan State got the ball back 20 seconds after the previous score. On the third play of the possession, Maxwell connected with Bennie Fowler for a 36-yard touchdown pass to give the Spartans a 31-27 lead. Indiana went three-and-out again and punted. Michigan State's Nick Hill fumbled the fair catch but fell on it, and Indiana got a personal-foul penalty, giving the Spartans the ball at the 50. Michigan State ran out the clock, clinching the game on a fourth-and-1 conversion by Bell on the Indiana 9-yard line in the final minute.

THE LAST MEETING IN SPARTAN STADIUM -
Nov. 19, 2011, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP): Kirk Cousins threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns in just over a half and No. 12 Michigan State clinched a berth in the inaugural Big Ten championship game with a 55-3 rout of Indiana. Cousins hit B.J. Cunningham for a 7-yard touchdown on Michigan State's first possession of the second half, giving the Spartans a 41-3 lead. On the next drive, he handed off on the first play, and then was replaced by Andrew Maxwell. Cousins saluted the Spartan logo at midfield before leaving to a large ovation. Michigan State finished with 470 total yards to 234 for Indiana, and forced the game's only two turnovers.

The Spartans scored on their first two possessions, thanks to a pair of big passes from Cousins to Cunningham. The first, a 37-yarder, led to a 21-yard field goal by Dan Conroy. On the second, the Indiana defense bit hard on a play-fake, leaving Cunningham alone behind the defense for a 63-yard score. Michigan State made it 17-0 before the first quarter was over as Cousins hit Keshawn Martin on the sideline. Martin avoided two poor tackles and raced into the end zone for a 47-yard score. A failed fake punt gave the Hoosiers good field position, but they were only able to turn it into a 22-yard field goal by Mitch Ewald. Nick Hill, though, returned the ensuing kickoff to the Indiana 24, and Martin took a sweep 19 yards for his second touchdown of the half. Edwin Baker's 10-yard run made it 31-3 late in the second quarter, as the Hoosiers continued to struggle badly on both sides of the ball. Another Conroy field goal put the Spartans up by 31 at the half. After Cousins started the second half with the touchdown to Cunningham, Johnny Adams returned an interception 86 yards to give Michigan State a 48-3 lead. Baker's second touchdown provided the final margin.

MSU/INDIANA COACHING CONNECTIONS -
• Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi and Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson worked together at Miami-Ohio for three years (1990-92) under Randy Walker. Narduzzi spent two years as a graduate assistant before taking over as receivers coach in 1992, while Wilson served as offensive line coach for two seasons before adding the responsibilities of offensive coordinator in 1992.

• Michigan State defensive line coach Ron Burton spent five seasons at Indiana (1997-2001) as the linebackers coach. Burton mentored two Butkus Award nominees, Jabar Robinson and Justin Smith, during his time with the Hoosiers. Robinson led the team in tackles two-straight years and is eighth in school history with 339 career tackles, while Smith played one season (2003) in the NFL and ranks ninth in IU history with 326 tackles.

• Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson and Michigan State defensive line coach Ron Burton played together at the University of North Carolina in the mid-80s. Burton was a defensive lineman at UNC from 1982-86, while Wilson played on the offensive line from 1980-83 for the Tar Heels.

• Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson coached at Miami-Ohio when Michigan State offensive line coach Mark Staten played for the RedHawks. Wilson spent nine seasons at Miami-Ohio (1990-98), while Staten was a four-year letterwinner at defensive tackle (1989-92). Wilson coached the offensive line at Miami-Ohio in 1990-91, and was the offensive coordinator from 1992-98.

SPARTAN STADIUM CELEBRATES 500TH GAME -
Spartan Stadium is in its 90th season as home to Michigan State football. Since its opening in 1923, Michigan State has won 69 percent of its games played in Spartan Stadium. Another milestone will be reached Saturday afternoon against Indiana when Spartan Stadium plays host to its 500th game.

Michigan State has compiled a 339-147-13 record (.692) since taking up residency in Spartan Stadium (formerly Macklin Field) in 1923. The Spartans have gone undefeated at home 18 times since the stadium opened in 1923, including back-to-back seasons in 2010 and 2011. In addition, Michigan State has suffered only one home loss during a season 28 times. Only 10 times in the history of the stadium have the Spartans experienced a losing record at home.

MSUFPA REUNION WEEKEND -
More than 200 former student-athletes, coaches, managers and trainers will participate in the MSU Football Players Association Reunion Weekend, Oct. 11-12, as the organization celebrates the 25th anniversary of the 1988 Rose Bowl Championship.

George Perles led Michigan State to the 1987 Big Ten Championship and a 20-17 victory over No. 16 USC in the 1988 Rose Bowl, as the Spartans finished No. 8 in the final polls. After starting the 1987 season 1-2, the Spartans went 7-0-1 over their last eight games, including wins over No. 12 Michigan (17-11), at No. 15 Ohio State (13-7) and No. 16 Indiana (27-3). The 1987 Spartans featured seven first-team All-Big Ten selections: safety Todd Krumm, offensive tackle Tony Mandarich, safety John Miller, punter Greg Montgomery, center Pat Shurmur, linebacker Percy Snow and running back Lorenzo White.

FORMER HEAD ATHLETIC TRAINER JEFF MONROE NAMED HONORARY CAPTAIN -
Former Michigan State assistant athletics director/head athletic trainer Jeff Monroe has been selected honorary captain for Saturday's game against Indiana. He will address the team during the pre-game meal and join the 2013 captains at midfield for the coin toss.

After 27 years at Michigan State, Monroe announced his retirement in July. Monroe had served as the head staff athletic trainer at MSU since August 1985, and was promoted to assistant athletic director in 2000. He handled the year-round athletic training for Spartan football.

SPARTANS CELEBRATE 98TH HOMECOMING GAME -
• Michigan State is 63-31-3 (.665) in 97 Homecoming games, including a 10-1-1 record against Indiana. The Hoosiers' last trip to East Lansing, Mich., for Homecoming resulted in a 52-27 Spartan victory on Oct. 13, 2007. The Spartans have won five of their last six Homecoming games. MSU has a 49-22-2 (.685) record in Homecoming contests played in October.

SPARTAN DEFENSE RANKS AMONG THE BEST IN THE FBS -
• Through five games, Michigan State's defense ranks No. 1 in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision in total defense (203.8 yards per game), rushing defense (51.2 ypg.), pass efficiency defense (81.16 rating) and opponent third-down conversions (22 percent; 17-for-77). The Spartans also rank among the national leaders in scoring defense (seventh at 13.4 ppg.) and passing defense (eighth at 152.6 ypg.), figures which also rank No. 1 in the Big Ten. Michigan State and Alabama are the only two schools to rank in the top 15 nationally in total defense, scoring defense, pass defense and rushing defense during both the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

• Michigan State's defense has allowed just 3.28 yards per play, which ranks No. 1 in the FBS.

• In their last game, the Spartans limited Iowa to 23 yards rushing on 16 carries (1.4 yards per rushing attempt). In 84 games as under head coach Mark Dantonio, the Spartans have held their opponents below 100 yards rushing on 40 occasions (48 percent).

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

• 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. Through four games in 2013, the Spartans have allowed eight touchdowns (two rushing, six passing), tied for seventh fewest in the FBS.

• Since the beginning of 2011, Michigan State has held 20 opponents under 100 rushing yards (seven in 2011; eight in 2012; five in 2013). In addition, MSU has held 10 opponents under 50 yards rushing (three times in 2011; five in 2012; two 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 66 of 84 games over the last seven seasons (79 percent of the games played since 2007).

SPARTANS TIED FOR FBS LEAD IN DEFENSIVE TOUCHDOWNS -
• After not scoring any defensive touchdowns in 2012, the Spartans have already recorded four this season, which is tied for the most by any team in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision in 2013 (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 marked 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. The four defensive touchdowns are tied for the second most in a single season in school history (school-record six in 1999; four in 2003).

THREE-AND-OUT -
• In five games this season, the Spartans have forced their opponents to go three-and-out on 38 of 69 possessions (55 percent; 7.6 per game), which ranks first in the nation. [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.]

INSIDE THE NUMBERS -
• Michigan State lost five Big Ten games in 2012 by a combined total of 13 points, including one in double overtime (Iowa) and two within the last 10 seconds of regulation (Michigan, Nebraska). During one stretch, MSU had seven-straight games decided by four points or fewer, the longest such streak in school history and the longest by an FBS team since at least 1996.

• Under Mark Dantonio, Michigan State is 39-8 (.830) when leading in time of possession, including a 26-5 record (.839) since 2010. The Spartans lead the Big Ten and rank fourth in the NCAA FBS in time of possession (34:11 per game) in 2013.

• Under Mark Dantonio, Michigan State is 44-11 (.800) when outrushing its opponent, including a 28-4 record (.875) since 2010. The Spartans are 18-3 (.857) in games when gaining 200 or more yards under Dantonio.

• Since the beginning of the 2010 season, Michigan State is 13-7 (.650) in games decided by 10 points or less, including a 4-5 record in 2012. The losses have come against Wisconsin in the 2011 Big Ten Championship Game (42-39), Ohio State (17-16), Iowa (19-16 in 2OT), Michigan (12-10), Nebraska (28-24) and Northwestern (23-20) in 2012, and Notre Dame (17-13) in 2013. Twelve of MSU's last 20 games have been decided by 10 points or less (MSU record: 5-7).

SCOUTING INDIANA -
• Indiana went 2-2 in the non-conference portion of its schedule with victories over Indiana State and Ball State and losses to Navy and Missouri. IU is led by third-year head coach Kevin Wilson, who has previously been an offensive coordinator at Oklahoma, Northwestern, Miami-Ohio and North Carolina A&T.

• The Hoosiers defeated Penn State for the first time in 17 tries last Saturday at Memorial Stadium 44-24. It also marked the first time Indiana has won its Big Ten opener since 2000.

• Indiana features a high-octane offense that leads the Big Ten in total offense (535.0 ypg.) and passing offense (346.0 ypg.) and ranks second in scoring offense (44.4 ppg.). IU also ranks in the FBS Top 10 in total offense (ninth) and passing offense (10th). Last season, Indiana led the Big Ten in passing offense (311.2 ypg.) and ranked second in total offense (442.0 ypg.).

• Hoosier sophomore quarterback Nate Sudfeld ranks first in the Big Ten in passing (293.4 ypg.) and total offense (296.0 ypg.), tied for first in touchdown passes (13), and fourth in passing efficiency (159.3 rating).

• Sophomore Tevin Campbell leads the ground attack for the Hoosiers, as he ranks fourth in the Big Ten in rushing (95.6 ypg.) and tied for third in rushing TDs (7).

• Junior wide receiver Cody Latimer ranks third in the conference in both receptions (28; 5.6 pg.) and receiving yards (486; 97.2 ypg.).

• Junior cornerback Tim Bennett leads the FBS with 14 pass break-ups, while junior linebacker David Cooper leads the team and ranks fifth in the Big Ten in tackles (41; 8.2 avg.).

NOTES FROM THE IOWA GAME -
• Michigan State's 26-14 win over Iowa gave the Spartans back-to-back victories in Iowa City for the first time since 1987 and 1989 ... MSU snapped a seven-game losing streak in Iowa City with a 37-21 victory in 2011 ... Iowa still leads the overall series, 23-20-2 ... MSU improves to 10-13-1 in games played in Iowa City.

In his four starts (3-1 record), sophomore quarterback Connor Cook has completed 62-of-109 throws (.569) for 646 yards (161.5 per game), seven touchdowns and one interception.


• Sophomore quarterback Connor Cook registered career highs in pass completions (25), passing attempts (44) and passing yards (277) ... Cook's 277 passing yards are the second most by a Spartan quarterback vs. Iowa (record: Brian Hoyer threw for 308 yards at Iowa in 2007) ... Cook completed touchdown passes to Macgarrett Kings Jr. (46 yards) and Bennie Fowler (37 yards), marking the first time Michigan State has thrown two touchdown passes of 30-plus yards in a game since Dec. 3, 2011 against Wisconsin (Kirk Cousins to B.J. Cunningham, 44 and 30 yards) ... the 46-yard TD pass to Kings was the longest offensive play from scrimmage this season for MSU and marked the longest pass completion of Cook's career.

• Fifth-year senior wide receiver Bennie Fowler recorded a career-high nine catches for 92 yards, including a 37-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter, his second TD of the season and seventh of his career.

• Sophomore Macgarrett Kings Jr. had a career-high 94 receiving yards and tied his career high with five receptions ... Kings also had five catches at Notre Dame ... Kings also collected a career-high 147 all-purpose yards, as he had 53 punt return yards, including a 30-yarder in the third quarter ... Kings caught a 46-yard touchdown pass from Connor Cook in the second quarter that gave MSU a 10-0 lead; it marked the longest offensive play from scrimmage for Michigan State this season ... it was also the longest reception of Kings' career ... in addition, it marked the longest touchdown reception for Michigan State since Andrew Maxwell connected on a 46-yard TD pass to Tony Lippett vs. Nebraska on Nov. 3, 2012.

• In his collegiate debut, true freshman Delton Williams rushed for 32 yards on nine carries (3.6 avg.), including a long of 11 yards ... all of Williams' carries came in the second half.

• Michigan State's defense, ranked No. 1 in the FBS in total defense entering Saturday's game, allowed 264 yards of total offense to the Hawkeyes, 183 yards below Iowa's season average (447.4 ypg.) ... MSU held Iowa to 104 yards of total offense, including 6 rushing yards, and six first downs in the second half ... in the third quarter alone, Iowa had just one first down and 15 total yards of offense.

• Iowa entered Saturday's contest averaging 244.4 rushing yards per game, but was held to 23 yards rushing on 16 attempts against the Spartans ... it marked Iowa's lowest rushing total since gaining 20 yards vs. Penn State on Oct. 20, 2012 ... MSU has held all five of its opponents this season under 100 yards rushing ... in 84 games under head coach Mark Dantonio, the Spartans have held their opponents below 100 yards rushing on 40 occasions (48 percent) ... since the beginning of the 2011 season, MSU has held 20 opponents under 100 rushing yards (five this season; eight in 2012; seven in 2011).

• Iowa running back Mark Weisman, who entered the game ranked No. 1 in the FBS in carries and No. 15 in rushing yards with 123.0 per game, was limited to just 9 rushing yards on seven carries.

• MSU forced Iowa to go three-and-out on 10 out of 14 possessions (three-and-out: either holding an opponent without a first down within three plays on a new series or forcing a turnover in the first three plays).

• Senior cornerback Darqueze Dennard tied his career high with two interceptions ... it's the third time in his career he's had two interceptions in a single game (2012 Outback Bowl vs. Georgia, 2012 vs. Nebraska) ... Dennard now has eight interceptions in his career ... Dennard also led MSU with eight tackles.

• Michigan State won the turnover battle, 2-1 ... MSU has forced at least one turnover in 66 of 84 games over the last seven seasons (79 percent of the games played since 2007).

• Freshman kicker Michael Geiger made four of his five field-goal attempts (27 yards in second quarter; 35 yards in third quarter; 49 and 40 yards in fourth quarter), marking the first time a Spartan kicker has made four field goals in a game since Dan Conroy was 4-of-4 against Illinois on Oct. 16, 2010 ... Geiger missed his first attempt, a 36-yarder, in the first quarter ... Geiger is now 6-of-7 in field-goal attempts in two games this season ... the 49-yard field goal in the fourth quarter was a career long for Geiger.

• With MSU leading 20-14 and facing a fourth-and-7 from its own 37-yard line on the first play of the fourth quarter, junior punter Mike Sadler rushed 25 yards for the first down on a fake punt, setting up Geiger's third field goal of the game, which put MSU on top, 23-14 ... Sadler also ran a fake punt 26 yards last season at Michigan for a first down.

COOK GROWS IN CONFIDENCE AS STARTING QB -
In his four starts (3-1 record), sophomore quarterback Connor Cook has completed 62-of-109 throws (.569) for 646 yards (161.5 per game), seven touchdowns and one interception. The 6-foot-4, 218-pound Cook ranks ninth in the Big Ten in passing yards (137.6 ypg.) and total offense (156.6 ypg). He attempted 119 passes before throwing his first interception of the 2013 season (fourth quarter at Iowa).

Cook set career highs for pass completions (25), pass attempts (44) and passing yards (277) in Michigan State's 26-14 win at Iowa in his Big Ten debut. His 277 passing yards mark the second-highest single-game total by a Spartan quarterback against Iowa (Brian Hoyer threw for 308 yards at Iowa in 2007). Cook completed scoring strikes of 46 yards to Macgarrett Kings Jr. and 37 yards to Bennie Fowler. His 37-yard TD toss to Fowler gave MSU the lead for good at 17-14 early in the third quarter. He completed passes to nine different receivers. Cook also rushed six times for 21 yards to account for a career-best 298 total yards.

In his first career road start at No. 22 Notre Dame, he hit 16-of-32 passes for 135 yards, including a 12-yard TD toss to Kings midway through the second quarter.

The Hinckley, Ohio, native recorded his first career 200-yard passing game in MSU's 55-17 victory over Youngstown State, completing 15-of-22 passes for 202 yards and a career-best four TDs. Cook became the first Spartan QB to throw four TD passes in a game since Brian Hoyer against Penn State in 2007. He also became the first MSU QB to throw four TD passes in a half since Drew Stanton had four scoring tosses in the first half at Illinois in 2005. Cook threw TD passes of 13 yards to Andre Sims Jr., 12 to Trevon Pendleton, 24 to Kings and 17 to Fowler. He finished with 227 total yards (202 passing and 25 rushing).

PLAYMAKERS BEGIN TO EMERGE IN THE PASSING GAME -
Sophomore Macgarrett Kings Jr. leads the Spartans in receptions (18), receiving yards (230) and touchdown receptions (3). His three 20-yard receptions is tied for the team lead. Over his last three games, Kings has 14 catches for 192 yards and three scores (one in each of the last three games).

In Michigan State's 26-14 victory at Iowa, the 5-foot-10, 186-pound Kings tied his career high with five receptions for a career-best 94 yards, including a 46-yard TD grab from Connor Cook in the second quarter. It marked both a career-long reception for Kings as well as the longest offensive play from scrimmage for the Spartans this season. He also returned three punts for 53 yards, including a 30-yard return in the third quarter that set up Michael Geiger's 35-yard field goal. Kings accounted for a career-best 147 all-purpose yards against the Hawkeyes. Fifth-year senior Bennie Fowler ranks second on the team in receptions (17), receiving yards (240) and TD receptions (2). His three 20-yard receptions is tied for the team lead. Over his last three games, Fowler has 14 catches for 170 yards and two TDs.

The 6-1, 212-pound Fowler had a career-high nine receptions for 92 yards at Iowa, including a 37-yard TD reception from Cook in the third quarter that gave the Spartans the lead for good at 17-14.

DENNARD NAMED BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK -
Senior cornerback Darqueze Dennard, who tied his career high with two interceptions and led the Spartans with a career-high eight tackles in the 26-14 win at Iowa, has been named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. It marks the first career weekly Big Ten honor for the 5-foot-11, 197-pound Dennard.

Dennard and the Spartan defense limited the Hawkeyes to 264 total yards - 183 yards below their season average. In addition, MSU held Iowa to 23 yards rushing (1.4 yards per carry) - 221 yards below its season average. Michigan State shut out the Hawkeyes in the second half, as Iowa managed just six first downs, 6 rushing yards and 104 total yards in the final two quarters.

Dennard's second interception at the 5:25 mark in the fourth quarter helped ice the game, and it marked the third multi-interception game of his career (2012 Outback Bowl vs. Georgia, 2012 vs. Nebraska).

The Dry Branch, Ga., native ranks fourth in the Big Ten and 15th in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision with 1.6 passes defended per game. In addition to his two interceptions, he also leads the team with six pass break-ups.

This marks the second time this season a Spartan has been named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week (Shilique Calhoun, Week 2 vs. South Florida).

CALHOUN EMERGES AS PLAYMAKER ON D-LINE -
Sophomore defensive end Shilique Calhoun leads the Spartans in quarterback hurries (12), QB hits (14) and tackles for loss (4.5 for 21 yards) and is tied for the team lead in sacks (2 for 12). Calhoun also ranks third on the defense in production points (99.5) and tied for the lead in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision in fumble recoveries with three. He was added to the 2013 Paul Hornung Award Watch List after Week 3, which is awarded to the nation's most versatile player.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Calhoun was credited with three tackles, including a half tackle for loss, four QB hurries and a career-best six QB hits in Michigan State's 26-14 victory at Iowa.

Calhoun collected several weekly honors after scoring two touchdowns and recording two tackles for loss, including a 9-yard sack, in MSU's 21-6 win over South Florida on Sept. 7 at Spartan Stadium. He totaled 43.5 production points against the Bulls.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Calhoun was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week, Chuck Bednarik Award 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 five 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 became 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 six weeks of the season.

 

 

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