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Post game notes from Michigan State's win over Oregon as provided by MSU athletics communications.

Post game notes from Michigan State's big win over Oregon in Spartan Stadium on Saturday night in front of a national television audience.

• Michigan State is now 98-21 (.824) all-time in home openers, including a 17-game winning streak that began in 1999 with a win over Oregon . . . The 17-game home-opening winning streak is tied for the third-longest active streak in the nation . . .  MSU head coach Mark Dantonio is 9-0 in home openers at MSU.

• The Spartans are 12-6 in their last 18 prime-time TV appearances at home . . . Six of those have come against ranked opponents . . .  Head coach Mark Dantonio is 9-3 (.750) in night games at Spartan Stadium, including a 3-2 record against ranked opponents . . .  Michigan State has won eight of its last 10 night games at Spartan Stadium.

• Michigan State scored 30-plus points for the 10th consecutive game, extending a school record (previous: eight straight from 1978-79) . . .  The Spartans have scored 30-plus points in 13 of their past 15 games.

• MSU improves to 54-19 (.740) in games played against non-conference opponents since 1999. Dantonio is 31-11 (.740) against non-conference foes, including 23-2 (.920) in Spartan Stadium . . .  Overall, the Spartans have won 37 of their last 49 non-league games (.755), including six of the last seven over the past two seasons. 

• MSU has won six of its last eight games against ranked opponents . . .  Overall, Michigan State has won 28 of its last 31 games, dating back to the 2012 regular-season finale . . . The Spartans are 5-1 (.833) in their last six games against AP Top 10 teams.

• Saturday’s game marked the sixth meeting between Michigan State and Oregon as well as the second-straight when both teams are ranked in the Top 10 . . . The all-time series is now tied, 3-3, with the home team winning every game . . . Prior to Saturday’smeeting, the two teams met last season in Autzen Stadium in Eugene on Sept. 6, as the No. 3 Ducks came away with a 46-27 over the No. 7 Spartans . . . The last two meetings at Spartan Stadium have both been by seven points or less, as MSU beat Oregon, 27-20, in 1999, and 31-28 on Saturday.

• Michigan State has now compiled a 35-21-1 record (.623) against current members of the Pac-12 Conference, including a .500 or better mark against 10 of the 12 teams (3-0 vs. Arizona, 1-1 vs. Arizona State, 2-2 vs. California, 3-0 vs. Colorado, 3-3 vs. Oregon, 6-2-1 vs. Oregon State, 4-2 vs. Stanford, 3-3 vs. UCLA, 4-4 vs. USC, 0-0 vs. Utah 1-2 vs. Washington and 5-2 vs. Washington State) . . . Mark Dantonio is now 2-2 against Pac-12 teams during his tenure at MSU (0-1 vs. California, 1-1 vs. Oregon,1-0 vs. Stanford)

• Michigan State is 26-3 (.897) in its last 29 games since the beginning of the 2013 season.

• Under Dantonio, the Spartans are now 57-7 when leading at halftime and are 2-0 this season when holding the lead at intermission.

• Michigan State won the time possession battle, 33:26-26:34 . . . The Spartans are now 59-10 (.855) when leading in time of possession under Dantonio.

• Michigan State outgained Oregon on the ground, 197-123 . . . The Spartans are now 63-11 (.851) when outrushing their opponents under Dantonio.

• Senior Shilique Calhoun started for the 29th-straight game, extending his team-lead consecutive games started mark, while classmate Connor Cook made his 28th start in a row and fellow senior Jack Conklin started for the 25th-straight game . . . Fellow seniors Donavon Clark and Lawrence Thomas both made their 15th-consecutive starts.

• Senior Connor Cook earned his 25th career win, closing in on former Spartan signal-caller Kirk Cousins’ school-record mark of 27 career victories for MSU. 

• Cook’s 25 career wins keeps his atop the most wins by an NCAA FBS active starting QB list, remaining tied with Stanford’s Kevin Hogan following the Cardinal’s win over UCF Saturday night.

• With 192 yards passing Saturday, Cook now has 6,511 career passing yards, closing in on Drew Stanton for the No. 3 spot on MSU’s career passing yards list with 6,524. 

• Cook’s two TD passes Saturday makes him just the third QB in MSU history with 50 or more career TD passes, joining Jeff Smoker (61) and Kirk Cousins (66).

• Cook has now thrown two TD passes in both games this season and Saturday was Cook’s third-straight game with multi-TD passes and his 18th career game with two or more TD tosses.

• Cook’s 20 pass completions Saturday give him 469 for his career, vaulting from No. 7  to No. 5 on the Spartans’ career pass completions list, surpassing Jim Miller’s 467 completions and Dave Yarema’s 464 completions.

• With 32 pass attempts Saturday, Cook now has 825 career pass attempts, becoming the fifth MSU QB with at least 800 career pass attempts.

• Red-shirt freshman Madre London recorded his first career 100-yard rushing game, with 18 carries for 103 yards. His career-long 62-yard on MSU’s first offensive play set up Connor Cook’s 12-yard touchdown pass to Josiah Price that tied the game at 7 . . . London earned his second-straight start at tailback.

• With a 6-yard touchdown run to give MSU a 21-14 lead in the third quarter, true freshman L.J. Scott scored his first career TD . . . Scott scored his second touchdown on a three-play, 65-yard drive that ended with a 38-yard TD scamper . . .  Scott rushed for a total of 76 yards on 11 carries in the game.

• Junior Josiah Price caught a touchdown pass for the second-straight game . . .  This is the third time in his career that he has had TD passes in consecutive games (10/11/14 vs. Purdue; 10/18/14 vs. IU) and (11/23/13 vs. Northwestern; 11/30/13 vs. Minnesota; 12/7/13 vs. OSU) . . . He now ranks second in school history among tight ends with 12 career TD receptions.

• Senior Aaron Burbridge recorded his third 100-yard receiving game of his career and second in as many games with 101 yards on eight catches against Oregon on Saturday . . .  His eight receptions against the Ducks matched his career high (8 for 134 yards vs. Indiana in 2012) . . . Last week against Western Michigan, he had four catches for 117 yards.

• The Spartan defense has now recorded 11 sacks in the first two games of the season with seven against Western Michigan and four against Oregon.

• Shilique Calhoun now has 18.5 career sacks with one sack Saturday, while Lawrence Thomas logged his fourth sack of his career,  Demetrius Cooper now has 2.5 career sacks, while Chris Frey (1.0 sacks Saturday) and Craig Evans (0.5 sack) registered their first career sacks.

• Junior Riley Bullough, senior Darien Harris and sophomore Jon Reschke all registered career-highs for tackles, all posting double-digit stops for their first time of their careers and bettering their previous top marks set last week at Western Michigan.

• Bullough registered a career-high and a game-best 14 tackles, bettering his previous top career mark of nine tackles last week at Western Michigan . . . Harris tallied a career-best with 12 tackles, topping his previous mark of eight stops last week at WMU . . . Reschke made 11 stops Saturday, improving on his nine tackles at Western Michigan. 

• Sophomore Montae Nicholson and senior R.J. Williamson both snared interceptions, as the Spartan defense snared two oskies for the second game in a row after a pair of picks last week against Western Michigan. 

• The last time that the Michigan State defense has had consecutive games with multiple interceptions was Nov. 15 at Maryland andNov. 22 at Rutgers . . .  MSU had three interceptions in both of those games.

• After no interceptions in 2014, sophomore Montae Nicholson has now snared interceptions in consecutive games.

• Freshman Jake Hartbarger now has six punts of 50+ yards on the season, with four Saturday, including matching his season-long of 55-yards.

• Junior Michael Geiger extended his school record consecutive PAT streak to 90 with his four extra points Saturday . . .  Geiger has logged seven points in both games this season with four PATs and one field goal.



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