MSU vs. Notre Dame Game Notes

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  • Michigan State fell to Notre Dame, 33-30, snapping MSU’s record-setting six-game winning streak in Notre Dame Stadium … it marks MSU’s first loss at Notre Dame Stadium since 1993.

 

  • Kirk Cousins set career highs in yards (302), completions (23) and attempts (35) … his 302 passing yards are the third best by a Spartan quarterback in the Notre Dame series (Drew Stanton – 327 in 2005; Ed Smith 306 in 1978) … the 321 yards are also the most by a Spartan since Brian Hoyer threw for 321 at California last season.

 

  • In his first game of the season, Mark Dell had six receptions for 121 yards, marking his second career 100-yard receiving game … his career high came last season at California with 202 yards on nine catches.

 

  • The Spartans recorded 354 passing yards, their best passing effort in the Mark Dantonio era.

 

  • In his first series of the game, Keith Nichol led the Spartans on a four-play, 80-yard TD drive in the second quarter that cut the Irish lead to 13-10 … Nichol finished 2-of-4 passing for 22 yards … he also had 14 rushing yards.

 

  • Larry Caper scored two rushing touchdowns, the first TDs of his career … his first score was a 1-yard run in the second quarter that gave MSU a 17-16 lead … his 7-yard TD in the third quarter cut the Irish lead to 26-24 … Caper finished the game with season highs in carries (12) and yards (51).

 

  • B.J. Cunningham recorded a career-high seven catches for 74 yards.

 

  • Blair White caught six passes for 75 yards and tied his career high with two touchdowns … White now has 22 receptions for 342 yards and four touchdowns this season … he is averaging 114.0 receiving yards per game … he also went over the 1,000-yard receiving mark for his career in the game.

 

  • Michigan State has had a 100-yard receiver in each of the first three games (White vs. Montana State and Central Michigan).

 

  • Greg Jones’ streak of games with double-digit tackles came to an end at nine … Jones recorded nine tackles in the game.

 

  • Keshawn Martin threw his first career TD pass, a 30-yard strike to Blair White in the second quarter that cut the Notre Dame lead to 13-10.

 

  • Brian Linthicum tied his career high with three receptions for 34 yards.

 

  • Brett Swenson hit his first two point-after attempts before his third attempt was blocked … he tied a school record (along with Dave Rayner) with 76 consecutive PATs … it was Swenson’s first missed PAT since the Northwestern game in 2007 … Swenson made a 43-yard field goal in the first quarter … he missed his first field goal of the season on a 51-yard attempt in the first quarter that hit the right upright … Swenson is now 57-for-75 for his career on field-goal attempts.

 

  • Trenton Robinson recorded his first career interception with a grab on the Spartan 10-yard line on the last play of the first half.

 

  • Kevin Pickelman recorded a career-high six tackles, including one for a loss of 6 yards.

 

  • Two Spartans made their first career starts: D.J. Young (right tackle) and Chris Norman (SAM linebacker).

 

  • Aaron Bates placed two of his three punts inside the 20 … he now has placed seven of his 10 punts this season inside the 20.

 

  • Glenn Winston’s 154 kickoff return yards ranks seventh best in MSU single-game history … Winston’s career high of 173 yards last season at Penn State ranks third best in the MSU record books.  
  • MSU turned the ball over twice – its first turnovers of the season (Caulton Ray fumble, Kirk Cousins interception).