Notable numbers from Michigan State’s 38-31 Friday night win over Utah State:
4-7: Michigan State’s record against the spread in season-openers under Mark Dantonio (no line is available for the 2009 season-opener against Montana State). The Spartans are 11-1 overall in those games overall, but seven of those wins haven’t covered the spread.
In Friday’s game, the Spartans fell 16 1/2 points short of covering the 23 1/2-point spread. Only in the 2016 season-opener, in which the Spartans were favored by 38 against Furman and won by 15, did the Spartans perform worse against the spread in a season-opener under Dantonio.
50: Percent of games in which Michigan State has held its opponent under 150 rushing yards under Dantonio (73 of 146). The Spartans held Utah State to 25 rushing yards on 25 attempts on Friday night. Michigan State is 64-9 in those games.
20: Games in Michigan State history in which the Spartans have held opponents to 25 yards rushing or fewer. The Spartans are 20-0 in those games.
4: Multiple-sack games for Michigan State defensive end Kenny Willekes in his last 10 games, dating back to the Michigan game last year. Willekes also had two sacks against Minnesota and Maryland last year, and recorded two sacks, two tackles for loss, a forced fumble and three quarterback hurries against Utah State on Saturday.
3: Touchdown drives of at least 70 yards given up by the Michigan State defense against Utah State.
Michigan State statistics, through 1 game
Brian Lewerke, 23-33, 287 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
LJ Scott 23 carries, 84 yards
Connor Heyward 5 carries, 42 yards, 2 TD
Lewerke 10 carries, 31 yards
Cody White 5 catches, 70 yards, 1 TD
Felton Davis, 3 catches, 69 yards, 1 TD
Scott 3 catches 57 yards,
Darrell Stewart 7 catches, 55 yards
Joe Bachie 11
Khari Willis 7
Antjuan Simmons 7
Kenny Willekes 2