One-on-One With B.J. Cunningham

For senior B.J. Cunningham, Saturday's win over Michigan was more than just a game to remember. It was a day to feel complete after fulfilling the goals laid out by his head coach the first year he stepped on campus.

Saturday's 28-14 victory over Michigan is one for the Michigan State record books. In only the fourth time in schools history, the Spartans have won four consecutive battles against their instate rival. You have to go back to late fifties and early sixties to find the last impress run by the Spartans over the hated Wolverines when the Green & White won six games and tied one from 1956 to 1962.

For Spartans senior wide receiver B.J. Cunningham, the feeling is one that will last a lifetime.

"It just feels complete," said Cunningham about the win. "To be able to play against them four years starting and not to lose, I know I'll never forget this feeling. Before we got here, we had not won for like five years, so it's just the best feeling to have knowing we've won four straight."

For Cunningham and his teammates, the leadership of head coach Mark Dantonio from the he stepped on campus as the Spartans head coach has been key in the programs surge over their rival.

"Coach Dantonio engrained it in us when we first got here," said Cunningham. "Ever since then it has been an emphasis of his that when the Michigan game comes around, you step up and play your best and ball out. That is what we do."

What will the Ohio native remember most about the four victories over the Wolverines?

"I will always remember the camaraderie of our team," said Cunningham. "I'll also remember the focus and preparation for the game and the build up to the game. I will always remember the feeling of being out on the field and seeing the clock turn to zero and knowing you have the win under your belt. It just feels great."

While the players have to do the work on the field, they know without the support of the fans in the stands, victory wouldn't be as easy. Saturday the Spartans felt the difference from those who support the Green & White.

"Our fans brought their "A" game today," said Cunningham. "I give it up to our fans as they had it rocking out there and Michigan couldn't hear anything. It affected them a lot. The crowd is always a big factor and I feel like it worked out in our favor today."

With the Spartans getting ready for another big test next Saturday, Cunningham knows there will be little time to savor the win.

"We'll just take tonight (Saturday) to enjoy this," said Cunningham. "Just tonight as we'll get back to work and get ready for Wisconsin on Sunday."

The victory over Michigan was more than just a win over a rival. It places the Spartans in a position to control their future.

"We control our own destiny right now," said Cunningham. "However, we need to continue doing what we do and take one game at a time and keep moving forward."

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