MSU focused on winning ways at home

Spartans lost all five home Big Ten games in 2012 and are looking to win the close games this time around.

Going into the 2012 season, Michigan State had won 14 straight games at home. It opened with a win against Boise State before the streak was snapped by Notre Dame.

Michigan State proceeded to lose five of its next six games at Spartan Stadium with all five losses coming in Big Ten play.

Coach Mark Dantonio noted how close games like Iowa, Nebraska and Northwestern were, but said the Spartans need to step up in home games.

"There were some very, very tight football games here," he said. "We just need to understand that this is our place and we need to play up. … We've got to bring that focus back home, which we've talked about quite often in the past year."

Senior linebacker Max Bullough, who went his first two years at Michigan State without a home loss, said it's time to get back to winning ways in East Lansing.

"I can't remember the last time we won a Big Ten game at Spartan Stadium," he said. "(Winning at home is) something we take pride in. It's our stadium that we want to defend and have pride in being able to do that before last year. That's something we are looking to get back."

The Spartans are 3-0 at home this season, with three consecutive wins to open the season against Western Michigan, South Florida and Youngstown State.

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