Michigan State offensive coordinator Dave Warner had many great things to say about Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook following the Spartans 52-26 win over Indiana on Saturday afternoon. Watch what Warner had to say in our video of him speaking with the medial following the game and check out the game notes released by the MSU athletic department on several members of the Spartan program.
• Michigan State extended its winning streak to 12 games – the longest under head coach Mark Dantonio (previous streak: 11 straight, 2013-14) and tied for the third longest in school history.
• Michigan State leads the all-time series against Indiana, 45-15-2, including a 24-6-1 record in games played in East Lansing. The Spartans have won 15 of the last 17 meetings overall, including seven in a row. MSU head coach Mark Dantonio is 7-0 during his tenure against the Hoosiers, including a 4-0 mark at Spartan Stadium.
• Since 1950, the winner of the Michigan State-Indiana game has been presented the Old Brass Spittoon.
The brass spittoon came from one of Michigan’s earliest trading posts and is widely believed to be nearly
190 years old. Legend has it that the spittoon was around when both institutions were founded – Indiana in
1820 and MAC in 1855. Since 1950, Michigan State leads the series 45-12-1.
• Michigan State has won 21 of its last 22 games against Big Ten opponents, including 17 wins by double figures. It’s the best 22-game stretch against Big Ten opponents in school history.
• Michigan State is 8-0 for just the sixth time in school history and the first time since 2010. The Spartans
also started 8-0 in 1951, 1952, 1965 and 1966.
• Michigan State has scored 24-plus points in 21 consecutive games, which is tied for the longest streak in the NCAA FBS along with Baylor.
• Fifth-year senior quarterback Connor Cook set an MSU single-game record with 416 total yards against Indiana. Cook set career highs for pass completions (30), pass attempts (52), passing yards (398) and touchdowns (4). He produced some of the top single-game passing totals in school history: completions (tied for sixth with 30), pass attempts (sixth with 52), passing yards (second with 398) and TD passes (tied for second with 4). It marked Cook’s third-straight and ninth career 300-yard passing game. He recorded his fifth 200-yard passing game of the season and 23rd of his career, tying Jeff Smoker (2000-03) for second on MSU’s all-time list. Cook completed passes to seven different receivers.
• With a career-best 398 passing yards against Indiana, Connor Cook became just the third quarterback in MSU history to reach the 8,000-yard career milestone (8,133 passing yards). Cook also moved past Jeff Smoker (61, 2000-03) into second place on MSU’s all-time list with 64 career TD passes. He also jumped Drew Stanton (8,036, 2003-06) into third place on MSU’s career chart with 8,349 yards total offense.
Cook also improved his record to 31-3 (.912) as the starting quarterback, including a 20-1 mark (.952) against Big Ten opponents.
• Fifth-year senior Aaron Burbridge recorded his third-straight 100-yard receiving game and sixth of the season with eight receptions for 128 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown grab from Connor Cook late in the second quarter. His six 100-yard receiving games are tied for the third-best single-season total in MSU history (Tony Lippett, 2014; Charles Rogers, 2001-02). His seven career 100-yard receiving games are tied for fifth in Spartan history.
• Junior R.J. Shelton set career highs for receptions (6), receiving yards (76) and touchdowns (2). Shelton scored on TD grabs of 22 and 10 yards from Connor Cook. His six catches matched his previous career high (vs. Air Force, 2015). Over his last three games, Shelton has 15 receptions for 182 yards and two scores.
• Senior Macgarrett Kings Jr. had a career-best seven receptions for 69 yards. Over his last three games, Kings has 14 catches for 184 yards and two touchdowns.
• Fifth-year senior tight end Paul Lang recorded career highs for receptions (3) and receiving yards (35). This season, Lang has nine catches for 95 yards. In his previous three years, he had just four receptions for 7 yards and one touchdown.
• Michigan State produced single-game highs for first downs (33) and passing yards (398) under head coach Mark Dantonio.
• Michigan State scored 24 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to take control of the game. In the fourth quarter, the Spartans recorded eight first downs and 161 total yards while limiting Indiana to only one first down and 29 total yards. MSU converted 3-of-4 third-down opportunities in the fourth quarter.
• Michigan State won the time of possession battle against Indiana, 38:59-21:01. The Spartans improved to 6-0 this season when leading in time of possession and 64-10 overall under head coach Mark Dantonio.
• True freshman Grayson Miller earned his second-straight start at safety and matched his season high with six tackles against Indiana. Miller recorded his first career interception on the first play from scrimmage.
• Sophomore linebacker Shane Jones matched his career high with five tackles against Indiana. Jones posted five stops in his first career start earlier this season against Central Michigan.
• True freshman Khari Willis made his second-straight start at safety and tallied a season-high four tackles.