The win improves the Spartans record to 4-3 and 3-1 in the conference. Michigan State senior kicker Brett Swenson tied Morten Anderson's all-time field goal record with his 62nd field goal of his career and could stamp himself the greatest kicker in MSU's illustrious history with another in his last five games.
Jones 14 tackles makes him the NCAA leader in tackles and second in average tackles per game. Freshmen running backs Edwin Baker (12 carries for 45 yards) and Larry Caper (16 carries for 63 yards and a touchdown) combined for 108 yards rushing.
MSU safety Jeremy Ware added ten tackles to help the Spartans cause. Down 7-0 at the half, Cousins hit White for a 47-yard TD pass to finish an 8-play, 87-yard drive.
Cousins and White connected for 22 yards out to give MSU a 14-7 lead. After a Northwestern 3-and-out, Swenson a 28-yard field goal tying Morten Anderson for the all-time career record at MSU and giving MSU a 17-7 lead.
Watch the reaction to the big win and the thoughts of the MSU players turn toward the showdown game with the Iowa Hawkeyes.