Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio knows his team turned a bad performance into a good day with their 4th win of the season.

Mark Dantonio knows his team may have one an ugly game over Central Michigan. But he also knows his team turned what could have been a bad day into a good one. Watch what the Spartans head coach had to say and check out the game notes from Spartans 30-10 victory to move to 4-0.

• Michigan State scored 30 points for the 12th consecutive game, extending a school record (previous: eight straight from 1978-79) . . . The 12-game 30-plus scoring streak is also the longest active streak in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision . . . The Spartans have scored 30-plus points in 15 of their last 17 games.

• The Spartans are 4-0 for the first time since 2010 and third time under head coach Mark Dantonio . . . It is also the 18th time in school history that MSU has started a season 4-0 . . . Dantonio becomes the fourth Spartan head coach to start 4-0 in a season at least three times doing so in 2007, ‘10 and ‘15, joining Biggie Munn (1951, ‘52, ‘53) and Charlie Bachman (1934, ‘36, ‘44) with three, while Hugh Duffy Daugherty had four (1956, ‘61, ‘65, ‘66) 4-0 starts.

• As a ranked team, MSU is now 32-1 against unranked opponents under head coach Mark Dantonio (only loss at Notre Dame, 2011).

• Michigan State improves to 56-19 (.747) in games played against non-conference opponents since 1999 . . . Dantonio is 33-11 (.750) against non-conference foes, including 25-2 (.926) in Spartan Stadium . . . Overall, the Spartans have won 39 of their last 51 non-league games (.765), including eight of the last nine over the past two seasons.

• Saturday’s game marked the 10th meeting between Michigan State and Central Michigan . . . The Spartans lead the all-time series 7-3, including 3-1 under Dantonio, winning the last three . . . MSU won the last game in the series on Sept. 8, 2012, in Mount Pleasant, 41-7, in the first match up between the two schools outside of Spartan Stadium . . . The Chippewas won the first two meetings, 20-3 in 1991 and 24-20 in 1992, before MSU then took the next four: 48-34 in 1993, 38-7 in 1998, 35-21 in 2001 and 24-7 in 2004 . . . CMU broke the streak by edging the Spartans, 29-27, in 2009 . . . In 2011, MSU topped the Chippewas, 45-7.

• The Spartans improved to 40-6 (.870) against current members of the Mid-American Conference (2-0 vs. Akron, 2-0 vs. Bowling Green, 7-3 vs. Central Michigan, 10-0 vs. Eastern Michigan, 1-0 vs. Kent State, 1-0 vs. UMass, 3-1 vs. Miami-Ohio, 1-0 vs. Ohio, 1-0 vs. Toledo and 12-2 vs. Western Michigan) . . .  MSU has won 31 of its last 34 games against MAC opponents, including 2-0 this season with a 37-24 victory over Western Michigan in the season opener.

• Under Dantonio, the Spartans are now 59-7 (.894) when leading at halftime, including a perfect 4-0 this season when holding the lead at the intermission . . .  MSU has on its last 13 games when leading at the break . . . MSU’s last loss when leading at halftime was at Oregon last season on Sept. 6, 2014.

• Michigan State is now 63-8 (.887) when leading after three quarters under Dantonio . . . Overall, the Spartans have the last 26 games in a row when leading entering the fourth quarter after going 4-0 so far in 2015, 10-0 in 2014, 11-0 in 2013 and 3-3 in 2012, last losing when leading after three quarters on Nov. 3, 2012, vs. Nebraska.

• Michigan State is 28-3 (.903) in its last 31 games since the beginning of the 2013 season.

• MSU lost the time possession battle for the second time this season, 31:45-28:15 . . . The Spartans are now 2-0 this season and 19-20 (.487) when trailing in time of possession under Dantonio.

• The first-quarter field goal block by sophomore Demetrius Cooper was the first of his career . . . Senior Shilique Calhoun also blocked a CMU field goal attempt in the first quarter . . . The last time that Michigan State had blocked a field goal was Marcus Rush blocked a Chris Callahan field goal against Baylor in the Cotton Bowl in 2015 . . . Saturday marked the first time since 1989 that the Spartans had two blocked field goals in the same game and both were by Percy Snow against Minnesota.

• With his 5-yard scoring grab in the second quarter, junior Josiah Price set the MSU career record for TD receptions (14) by a tight end (previously shared with Chris Baker, 1998-2001) . . . Price has a TD reception in each of the Spartans’ first four games this season.

• Macgarrett Kings’ 42-yard reception in the first half was the longest of the season for the senior . . . The 42-yard reception was the fifth of his career over 40 yards with his longest being a 50-yard grab at Maryland in 2014.

• The 6-yard TD run by freshman Madre London in the first half was his third of the season and first since the season opener at Western Michigan when he scored twice . . . London ended the game with 73 total yards, his third game with 50+ yards behind his season-high 103 yards vs. Oregon and 59 at Western Michigan.

• Freshman LJ Scott’s 29-yard run was the second-longest of the season for the Spartan back after a 38-yard run against Oregon ... Scott’s 54 yards was also his third 50-plus yard rushing effort of the season behind 77 at Western Michigan and 76 vs. Oregon.

• Sophomore Gerald Holmes’ two rushing TD’s marks his first multi-touchdown game of his career . . . Holmes scored on fourth-quarter TD runs of 3 and 6 yards . . . He now has three rushing scores this season and for his career, also scoring at Western Michigan.

• Senior Shilique Calhoun started for the 31st-straight game, extending his team-lead consecutive games started mark, while classmate Connor Cook made his 30th start in a row and fellow senior Jack Conklin started for the 27th-straight game . . . Fellow seniors Donavon Clark and Lawrence Thomas both made their 17th-consecutive starts.

• Shilique Calhoun recorded a season-high six tackles against Central Michigan . . . His six stops were one shy of his career high (vs. Minnesota, 2013) . . . Calhoun matched his career highs for tackles for loss (3 for 24 yards) and sacks (2.5 for 24 yards) . . . His previous career highs came against Michigan in 2013 . . . Calhoun also was credited with four quarterback hurries, one pass break-up and a blocked kick.

• Calhoun now has 21.0 career sacks, vaulting up to No. 6 on MSU’s career sacks list, passing Denicos Allen (2010-13) with 19.5, needing just one sack to tie Robaire Smith (1997-99) with 22 . . . With 24 yards on the 2.5 sacks Saturday, Calhoun now has 171 career sack yardage, fourth on the Spartans’ career list.

• Calhoun now has 34.0 career tackles for loss, moving up to No. 9 on the Spartans’ career TFL list, passing Josh Thornhill (1998-2001) and Juan Hammonds (1991-94), who were tied for No. 9 with 33 each . . . With 24 TFL yards Saturday, Calhoun now has 220 career TFL yards, third on MSU’s career list.

• Senior Connor Cook earned his 27th career win, tying former Spartan signal-caller Kirk Cousins’ school-record mark of 27 career victories for MSU . . . Cook now owns a 27-3 (.900) as the Spartans’ starting quarterback.

• Cook’s 27 career wins keeps him atop the most wins by an NCAA FBS active starting QB list, tying Stanford’s Kevin Hogan.

• Cook amassed a total of 159 yards of total offense Saturday (143 passing, 16 rushing), giving him 7,070 career total offense and becoming the fourth MSU quarterback to surpass the 7,000-yard milestone.

• With 143 yards passing Saturday, Cook now has 6,901 career passing yards, needing just 99 yards to become the third Spartan QB with 7,000 career passing yards, as well as closing the gap on Jeff Smoker (2000-03) for the No. 2 spot on MSU’s career passing yards.

• Cook’s 11 pass completions Saturday give him 505 for his career, becoming the fifth MSU QB with 500 career completions . . . He passed Brian Hoyer (2005-08), who had 500 completions during his Spartan career.

• With 19 pass attempts Saturday, Cook now has 867 career pass attempts  . . . He is now 29 pass attempts away from tying Brian Hoyer (2005-08) for third in the MSU career record book.

• Junior tight end Jamal Lyles’ career-long 26-yard reception from Connor Cook early in the fourth quarter helped set up Gerald Holmes’ first touchdown run.

• Senior Darian Harris’ team-high eight tackles Saturday marked his third game with eight or more stops this season, behind his season-high 12 vs. Oregon and eight at Western Michigan.

• Senior Arjen Colquhoun logged a career-best seven tackles Saturday, not only bettering his previous top mark of five stops vs. Oregon, but nearly doubling his season total of eight tackles on the season entering Saturday’s game.

• Sophomore Shane Jones earned his first career start at middle linebacker vs. Central Michigan, with Riley Bullough suspended for the first half . . . Jones responded by registering a career-best five tackles vs. CMU, including his first career tackle for loss (1 yard).

• Junior Riley Bullough tallied his first fumble recovery this season and second of his career (Nebraska, 2014) . . . the 13-yard fumble recovery set up MSU’s final touchdown of the game, a Gerald Holmes 6-yard TD with 3:21 left in the game that put MSU on top, 30-10 . . . Bullough ended the game with seven stops, which came all in the second half after having to sit out the first half due to a targeting penalty against Air Force.

• With Lawrence Thomas moving inside to defensive tackle (to replace injured Joel Heath), sophomore Demetrius Cooper earned his first career start at defensive end and produced a career-best five tackles, including a 2-yard sack.

• The MSU defense recorded a takeaway for the fourth-straight game while the Spartan offense failed to turn the ball over for the second-consecutive game . . . Michigan State is now +6 in turnover margin this season.

• Junior Michael Geiger extended his school record consecutive PAT streak to 98 with his three extra points Saturday . . . That streak came to an end when Geiger’s fourth attempt on Saturday was blocked by CMU’s Jabari Dean in the fourth quarter.

• A total of five true freshmen saw action against Central Michigan: wide receiver Felton Davis III, linebacker Andrew Dowell, safety Grayson Miller, running back LJ Scott, safety Khari Willis . . . It marked the first appearances of the season for Willis.

Notes provided by the Michigan State Athletics Communications Department


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