What We Learned From MSU Win Over Michigan

What did Spartan Digest publisher Dave Berk learn about Michigan State's miracle victory over rival Michigan on Saturday afternoon?

• With the 27-23 win, Michigan State defeated Michigan for the third straight time and for the seventh time in the last eight years, the most wins in an eight-year stretch against the Wolverines in school history.

• Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio is 7-2 during his tenure against Michigan, including a 3-1 record in Michigan Stadium . . . Dantonio's .778 winning percentage is the highest for any Spartan coach against the Wolverines (second: Duffy Daugherty, .579, 10-7-2 record from 1954-72). In MSU's 7-1 record over Michigan since 2008, the Spartans have outscored the Wolverines by 100 points (224-124, average score: 28-16).

• Mark Dantonio is 5-2 against ranked Michigan teams, including a 2-1 record in Michigan Stadium . . . When both teams are ranked, Dantonio is 4-0 against the Wolverines.

• Michigan State has won seven of its last nine games played against ranked opponents . . . MSU is 13-11 against ranked teams since 2010.

• Michigan State has won three of the past four meetings in Michigan Stadium (won in 2008, 2010, 2015; lost in 2012) . . . Michigan leads the all-time series, 68-35-5, including a 49-21-3 record in games played in Ann Arbor; however, since 1950, Michigan holds just a six-game edge, 35-29-2 . . . The Spartans won their 21st game in Ann Arbor, matching Ohio State for the most by a Michigan opponent . . . MSU also won its 19th game in Michigan Stadium, which equals Ohio State for the most by a Michigan opponent . . . When both teams are ranked, Michigan State is 7-0 against Michigan in Ann Arbor and 10-6-1 overall.

• Mark Dantonio won his 100th career game as a head coach. He was 18-17 in three seasons at Cincinnati and is 82-31 in his ninth season at Michigan State.

• For just the fourth time in the past 46 games, the team with the fewest rushing yards came out with a victory. Michigan rushed for 62 yards, while MSU ran for 58 yards.

• Michigan State has won 11 consecutive games, tying for the fourth-longest winning streak in school history, and matching the longest under head coach Mark Dantonio (11 straight in 2013-14). Dantonio is the only Spartan head coach to have two separate 11-game winning streaks . . . The 11-game run is also the fourth-longest active streak in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (Ohio State: 20; TCU: 15; Memphis: 13).

• Michigan State is 7-0 for just the seventh time in school history and the first time since 2010. The Spartans also started out 7-0 in 1913, 1951, 1952, 1965 and 1966.

• Michigan State is 25-9 in Big Ten road games under MSU head coach Mark Dantonio, including an active school-record 12-game winning streak and an 19-3 record since 2010. Dantonio has won at least one road game at every Big Ten stadium. Michigan State's 12-game road Big Ten winning streak, dating back to 2012, is the longest in school history, besting the previous record of eight straight set in 1965-67 and 1988-90. It's also the third-longest active conference road winning streak in the FBS (Ohio State: 13; Florida State: 13).

• Fifth-year senior quarterback Connor Cook, the winningest quarterback in school history, is the second Spartan quarterback to defeat Michigan three straight times (Kirk Cousins, 2009, 2010, 2011) . . . Cook owns a 30-3 record (.909) as the starter, including a 19-1 mark against Big Ten opponents . . . The 30 wins and the .909 winning percentage both rank No. 1 among active starting quarterbacks in the NCAA FBS . . . Cook threw his 60th career touchdown pass with a 30-yard pass to Macgarrett Kings Jr. in the third quarter . . . Cook completed 18-of-39 passes for 328 yards, marking his eighth career 300-yard passing game, which is second most in MSU history (record: Jeff Smoker, 10) . . . It also marked his 22nd career 200-yard passing game (third in MSU history).

• Michigan State has won 20 of its last 21 games against Big Ten opponents, including 16 wins by double-figures.

• MSU has won 60 of its last 74 games, dating back to the beginning of the 2010 season. In addition, the Spartans have won 33 of their last 36 games, dating back to the 2012 regular-season finale. MSU has won 31 games since the beginning of 2013 (31-3 record), third most in the FBS during that period.

• Michigan State scored a game-winning touchdown on the final play of the game for the fifth time under Mark Dantonio (2009 vs. Michigan in overtime; 2010 vs. Notre Dame in overtime; 2011 vs. Wisconsin; 2012 vs. Wisconsin in overtime; 2015 vs. Michigan).

• Michigan State has won seven consecutive games decided by a touchdown or less (27-23 vs. Michigan; 31-24 vs. Rutgers; 24-21 vs. Purdue, 31-28 vs. Oregon in 2015; 42-41 vs. Baylor, 27-22 vs. Nebraska in 2014; 24-20 vs. Stanford in 2013) . . . The last loss in a game decided by a touchdown or less for MSU came at Notre Dame in 2013 (17-13) . . . Since the beginning of the 2010 season, Michigan State is 17-7 in games decided by a touchdown or less, including all four bowl victories. 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.

• The Spartans have scored at least 24 points in 22 consecutive games, which is tied for the longest active streak in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, along with Baylor.

• MSU started its fifth different combination on the offensive line at Michigan in Week 7. Jack Conklin returned to action for the first time since Sept. 26 vs. Central Michigan to start at left tackle, Benny McGowan started at left guard, Brian Allen started at center,Donavon Clark lined up at right guard and Kodi Kieler was at right tackle.

• Michigan State gained 386 yards of total offense against Michigan, the most given up by the Wolverines this season (previous: 337 vs. Utah). Michigan entered the game No. 2 in the FBS in total defense, allowing 181.3 yards per game . . . MSU also threw for 328 yards through the air, the most allowed by Michigan this season (previous: 210 vs. Utah) . . . UM entered the game second in the FBS in passing defense (115.5 ypg.).

• MSU held Michigan to 230 yards of total offense, the fewest by Michigan this season (previous low: 355 vs. Utah) and the fewest for a Spartan opponent in 2015 (previous low: 301 vs. Purdue).

• The Spartans held the Wolverines to a season-low 62 yards rushing . . . It marked the third time MSU has held an opponent under 100 yard rushing this season (18 by Western Michigan; 55 by Central Michigan).

• Michigan State did not turn the ball over for the fourth time this season . . . MSU forced a fumble on the final play of the game to win the turnover battle (+1).

• Aaron Burbridgerecorded his fifth 100-yard game of the season with nine catches for 132 yards.

• Shilique Calhouncollected a career-high 3.5 tackles for loss (11 yards), including two sacks . . . Calhoun now has a team-best 9.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks this season.

• Demetrious Cox matched his career high with eight tackles.

• Lawrence Thomas tallied a career-high seven tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss.

• Starting in his first career game at safety, true freshman Grayson Miller recorded six tackles, including one for a 1-yard loss. 

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