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Complete post game notes from Michigan State's win over Penn State as provided by MSU Athletics.

Complete post game notes as provided by MSU athletics following Michigan State's win over Penn State sending the Spartans to the Big Ten Championship Game.

• With its 55-16 victory over Penn State in the home finale, Michigan State has now posted at least 11 wins five times in the last six seasons (11 in 2010, 11 in 2011, 13 in 2013, 11 in 2014). Prior to Mark Dantonio’s arrival, the Spartans had just two 10-win seasons in school history (1965, 1999). Dantonio becomes the first coach in Big Ten history to record five 11-win seasons in a six-year span (Michigan’s Fielding Yost and Ohio State’s Jim Tressel are the only other Big Ten coaches with four 11-win seasons in a five-year span).

• Michigan State leads the all-time series against Penn State, 15-14-1, including a 9-5 record in games played in East Lansing. MSU has won the last three meetings – its longest winning streak in the series since winning five straight from 1949-66 (1949, 1951, 1952, 1965 and 1966). Head coach Mark Dantonio is 4-3 lifetime against Penn State (4-2 at MSU), including a 2-1 record in Spartan Stadium.

• Michigan State set series records for points scored (55) and margin of victory (39) against Penn State.

• Michigan State claimed its third Big Ten division title since 2011, tying Ohio State for the most in the conference. The Spartans won the inaugural Legends Division Championship in 2011 (7-1), the 2013 Legends Division title (8-0) and the 2015 East Division crown (7-1).

• A trademark of Mark Dantonio’s Michigan State teams has been their ability to produce wins late in the regular season. Under Dantonio, Michigan State has compiled a 24-7 record (.774) in November. His teams have won 18 of the last 22 games in November (3-0 in 2010; 4-0 in 2011; 1-2 in 2012; 4-0 in 2013; 3-1 in 2014; 3-1 in 2015). In the four seasons (2003-06) prior to Dantonio’s arrival, MSU went just 2-11 (.154) in November.

• With its 55-16 triumph over Penn State in the home finale, Michigan State’s 2015 senior class recorded its 42nd victory, tying the 2013 and 2014 classes as the winningest in school history. The 23-member 2015 senior class has recorded three bowl wins (2012 Buffalo Wild Wings, 2014 Rose, 2015 Cotton), two conference division titles (2013 Legends and 2015 East) and the 2013 Big Ten Championship.  Mark Dantonio improved to 6-2 on Senior Day at MSU.

• Under Mark Dantonio, Michigan State has produced a 51-12 record (.810) in home games since 2007. With its 55-16 victory over Penn State, MSU extended its current home winning streak to eight games. The Spartans are 36-6 (.857) since 2010 and 20-1 (.952) since 2013. Dantonio’s teams have posted perfect 7-0 home records four times: 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2015.

• Michigan State has won 24 of its last 26 games against Big Ten opponents, dating back to the 2012 regular-season finale, including 18 wins by double-figures.

• MSU has won 64 of its last 79 games (62-15; .810), dating back to the beginning of the 2010 season. In addition, the Spartans have won 37 of their last 41 games (.902), dating back to the 2012 regular-season finale. MSU has won 35 games since the beginning of 2013 (35-4 record), third most in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision during that period. The Spartans are bowl eligible for a school-record ninth straight year.

• Since 2010, MSU has recorded 39 regular-season Big Ten victories, the most of any team in the conference. (Note: Ohio State has won 41 games, but had to vacate seven victories following the 2010 season.) Michigan State is 39-9 (.813) in Big Ten regular-season games since 2010.

• Since 2008, MSU has recorded 49 Big Ten regular-season victories, tied for the most of any team in the conference with Ohio State (Note: OSU has won 55 games, but had to vacate seven victories following the 2010 season).

• Michigan State is 51-12 (.810) as a ranked team in the AP Poll under Mark Dantonio. As a ranked team, the Spartans are 36-2 against unranked opponents.

• Fifth-year senior Connor Cook posted his seventh 200-yard passing game of the season and 25th of his career, hitting 19-of-26 throws for 248 yards and three touchdowns. Cook completed passes to seven different receivers, including TD strikes of 29 yards to R.J. Shelton, 29 yards to Aaron Burbridge and 6 yards to Josiah Price. With 243 total yards, he set MSU’s career record for total offense (9,018 yards; previous record – 9,004 yards by Kirk Cousins, 2008-11). Cook became the school’s all-time leader in total offense with his 16-yard completion to Shelton early in the fourth quarter. He improved his record to 33-4 (.892) in 37 career starts at quarterback, including a 22-2 (.917) mark against Big Ten opponents. His 37 career starts are tied for second (with Jeff Smoker, 2000-03) in MSU history, trailing only Cousins, who made 39 career starts from 2009-11.

• Senior Aaron Burbridge led the Spartans in receptions for the 10th time in 12 games this season, with six catches for 75 yards, including a 29-yard touchdown grab from Connor Cook in the third quarter. Burbridge ranks among MSU’s single-season leaders in receptions (third with 75) and receiving yards (sixth with 1,158). He moved into sole possession of second place on MSU’s all-time list with 155 career receptions.

• With Demetrious Cox’s 77-yard fumble return in the second quarter and Malik McDowell’s 13-yard interception return in the fourth quarter, Michigan State has now scored 26 defensive touchdowns under head coach Mark Dantonio (since 2007). His 77-yard fumble return ties the 10th longest return (fumble or interception) in school history. The Spartans have posted four defensive TDs in 2015 (RJ Williamson: 64-yard fumble return vs. Air Force; Riley Bullough: 44-yard interception return vs. Maryland). It marks the first time MSU has scored multiple defensive TDs in the same game since 2013 against South Florida (4-yard fumble return and 56-yard interception return by Shilique Calhoun).

• Junior cornerback Darian Hicks recorded a career-best nine tackles (7 solos, 2 assists) against Penn State. Hicks produced eight stops in last week’s win at No. 2 Ohio State.

• Sophomore safety Montae Nicholson matched his career high with nine tackles (5 solos, 4 assists) against Penn State, including one for a 3-yard loss. Nicholson also was credited with a forced fumble and pass break-up. He has recorded 26 stops in his last three starts: nine vs. Maryland, eight at Ohio State and nine vs. Penn State. 


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