October 19, 2011

Classic: Sparty vs Bucky

EAST LANSING - Mark Dantonio praised his seniors for the legacy they have built during their time at Michigan State before taking questions on this week's match-up between the No. 13 ranked Spartans and No. 4 ranked Wisconsin.

Dantonio made special mention of fifth-year senior Kirk Cousins, who tied Jeff Smoker for most career victories as a starting quarterback at Michigan State last Saturday with the Spartans' 28-14 victory over Michigan.

"In regards to the football game, very excited about our fourth straight win over the University of Michigan, and when you think about that, you start talking about our seniors, and they're really creating quite a legacy for themselves in terms of that aspect," Dantonio said. "Kirk Cousins, I believe he's the first quarterback ever here who's won three straight times as the starting quarterback versus U of M. Also, with the things that they've done already in their careers here with last year's Big Ten Championship, co-Big Ten Championship and things of that nature. My congratulations to them. Obviously it was a very emotional game, but nothing will diminish the fact of how we played on Saturday in this big win for Michigan State."

Cousins was 13-of-20 passing for 120 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Wolverines.

"I thought he played outstanding, especially on 3rd down," said Dantonio, "getting us in and out of the right plays at the line of scrimmage, just providing leadership leading up to the football game and throughout the game. Two TDs, no turnovers, wind conditions as they were, so outstanding performance by Kirk."

A win over No. 4 ranked Wisconsin in a night game at Spartan Stadium would be an impressive addition to Michigan State's resume.

"I think it's a classic match-up when you look at them offensively and us defensively right now, they lead in almost every category," said the fifth-year Spartan head coach. "Offensively the quarterback is doing a great job, two great running backs, strong offensive line, punt returner averages about 20 yards per punt return."

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