Post Game Notes: Central Michigan
Isaiah Lewis
Isaiah Lewis
Spartan Digest
Posted Sep 9, 2012


We look at several notes from Michigan State's 41-7 victory over Central Michigan on Saturday.

• With the 41-7 victory, Michigan State now leads the all-time series over Central Michigan, 6-3 . . . today marked the first-ever game in the series in Mount Pleasant . . . the crowd of 35,127 was the largest in Kelly/Shorts Stadium history.

• Michigan State has now won 24 of its last 29 games, dating back to the beginning of the 2010 season.

• Michigan State has won 18 straight games in the state of Michigan since the beginning of the 2010 season (15 straight at Spartan Stadium; vs. Florida Atlantic at Ford Field in Detroit in 2010; at Michigan in 2010; at Central Michigan in 2012).

• Michigan State's defense has not allowed an offensive touchdown this season . . . Central Michigan's only points came on a Jason Wilson 55-yard interception return for a touchdown with 1:39 left in the game.

• Michigan State outgained CMU in total offense, 495-245 . . . through two games, MSU is averaging 478.0 yards of total offense, while only allowing 225.5 ypg.

• The Spartans held the Chippewas to 72 yards rushing . . . through two games, MSU is only allowing 54.5 rushing ypg.

• MSU improves to 41-7-2 (.840) against current members of the Mid-American Conference . . . MSU has won 26 of its last 29 games against MAC opponents.

• Michigan State has compiled a 42-16 record against non-conference opponents since 1999 . . . Mark Dantonio is 19-8 (.704) against non-conference opponents . . . overall, the Spartans have won 25 of their last 34 non-league games.

Andrew Maxwell threw for a career-high 275 yards on 20-of-31 attempts . . . he also threw a career-best two touchdown passes (20 yards to Dion Sims, 7 yards to Bennie Fowler) . . . following a MSU fourth-down stop that halted a 15-play, 66-yard Chippewa drive late in the second quarter, Maxwell was 6-for-9 for 78 yards on MSU's ensuing drive, capped by a 20-yard TD pass to Dion Sims, that put MSU up, 21-0 . . . Maxwell was 17-of-28 for 213 yards in the first half.

• Maxwell is the first Spartan starting quarterback to win his first two starts since Jeff Smoker in 2000 (Missouri, Notre Dame).

• Bennie Fowler registered career highs in receptions (8) and receiving yards (99) . . . he had seven catches for 92 yards in the first half . . . he also had a 7-yard TD reception in the third quarter.

Keith Mumphery posted career highs in receptions (4) and receiving yards (52).

Le'Veon Bell rushed for 70 yards on 18 carries (3.9 avg.) and scored two touchdowns . . . Bell now has four TDs this season and 25 for his career, tying him with Craig Thomas (1990-93) for 10th most in MSU history . . . through two games, Bell has 280 rushing yards.

Larry Caper compiled 66 yards rushing on nine carries (7.3 avg.) . . . he recorded a career-long 39-yard rush in the third quarter.

Nick Hill scored his first career touchdown on a 1-yard run at the 9:39 mark in the fourth quarter . . . he also had a career-long 31-yard punt return.

Johnny Adams recorded his first interception of the season and the ninth of his career.

Isaiah Lewis returned an interception 40 yards in the first quarter . . . it marked the fifth interception of his career (129 yards) . . . Lewis also had an interception against CMU last season, running back a pick 37 yards for a touchdown.

Dan Conroy kicked two field goals (29 yards and 26 yards), giving him 35 for his career, which is now tied for eighth in MSU history.

William Gholston led MSU with seven tackles, including two for losses (8 yards) and a 7-yard sack, to go along with two quarterback hurries and a pass break-up.

• Michigan State had six pass break-ups against CMU . . . the Spartans have 14 pass break-ups in two games this season.

• Through two games, MSU's offensive line has not allowed a sack this season.



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