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Douglas Kroll | | December 31, 2013

Tale of the Tape: Rose Bowl


Through 13 games, Michigan State’s defense ranks No. 1 in the FBS in total defense (248.2 yards per game), rushing defense (80.8 ypg.) and opponent third-down conversions (.277). MSU has been ranked No. 1 in the nation in total defense for 13 consecutive weeks.


Stanford’s offensive line has been whistled for just two holding penalties this season, and just one from the line of scrimmage (covering 832 offensive snaps). The one penalty from the line of scrimmage negated a touchdown and forced a field goal against Notre Dame.

3Michigan State DE Shilique Calhoun has scored three defensive TDs, tied for the most of any player in the FBS this season.

Michigan State RB Jeremy Langford set a school record with his eighth consecutive 100-yard rushing game, as he collected
128 yards on 24 carries in the Big Ten Championship game against Ohio State.


Stanford QB Kevin Hogan is 10-0 as a starting quarterback against ranked opponents.


Stanford LB Trent Murphy has the most sacks (14.5) by a Cardinal player since 2000 (Riall Johnson -- 15). Murphy is the fourth Stanford defender to register double figures in sacks in two different seasons (Ron George in 1990 and '92, Riall Johnson in 1999 and 2000, Kailee Wong in 1996 and '97).


Stanford is 15-43-2 against top-five teams, but 7-5 since 2000.

30Michigan State has only allowed 30 rushes of 10-plus yards, tied for fewest in the nation, along with Alabama.

Stanford has not allowed an opponent to score 30 points in its past 21 games. Michigan State (26) is the only school with a longer such streak.


The Spartans have compiled a 33-20-1 record (.639) against current members of the Pac-12 Conference. MSU is 3-3 overall against Stanford and is 0-1 against the Cardinal in postseason bowl games, with a 38-0 loss in the 1996 Sun Bowl.


Stanford has won 33 of its past 35 games played in the state of California. The only losses? To USC in 2013 and against No. 6 Oregon in 2011.


Stanford leads the nation with 40 sacks (and sack yards with 294) after leading the nation last year, as well. On a per-game basis, Stanford ranks seventh nationally (3.1/game).

41The Spartans have won 41 of their past 53 games (.774), dating to the beginning of the 2010 season. The 41 wins are most in the Big Ten and tied for ninth most in the FBS during that same time period.
48The 100th Rose Bowl Game marks the first time in 48 years -- since the “Game of the Century” in 1966 (No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 2 Michigan State) -- in which MSU will play a top-five AP team while also being ranked in the top five. No. 5 Stanford is also the highest ranked opponent MSU has played in a bowl game since the 1966 Rose Bowl.
63Stanford has been ranked in the AP’s Top 25 for a school-record 63 consecutive weeks. The streak is tied for the fifth longest in the nation, dating to Sept. 5, 2010. Only Alabama (97), LSU (80), Oregon (76) and Oklahoma (64) can claim longer streaks while the Cardinal remains tied with South Carolina (63).

MSU went a span of 194 minutes and 33 seconds without allowing a touchdown, as the Spartans kept Purdue (Oct. 19), Illinois (Oct. 26) and Michigan (Nov. 2) out of the end zone. Indiana scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Spartans on Oct. 12, and Nebraska snapped the streak with a TD in the first quarter on Nov. 16.


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