November 15, 2011

'Great' MSU senior class going for second title

EAST LANSING - Michigan State's senior class became the winningest in school history with a 37-21 win over Iowa last weekend.

The 17-man group, which includes captains Kirk Cousins, Trenton Robinson, and Joel Foreman, is 34-15 since 2008. Michigan State seniors have won a Big Ten championship. They have beaten archrival Michigan four consecutive seasons, and they will have gone to a bowl game each year they've been in the Spartan program.

This year's senior class has room to add to their already impressive legacy. Victories during the final two regular-season Big Ten games will guarantee the Spartans a spot in the first ever Big Ten Championship Game. A victory in that game would give the 2011 seniors a berth in the Rose Bowl.

"When you look at our football class right now, the last four years, where we're at as a program, we're the second winningest Big Ten team in the conference," Dantonio said. "We're 22-8 in four years in Big Ten games, and I think Ohio State is 24-6. I think that's a huge statement in terms of what those young men have been able to do, and it speaks to where this program was and where it's headed.

"We've been able to persevere through some good times, tough times, and then also learn from some good times and sustain. But I think our feelings are it's a great senior class. They've already broken that record, and we still have two, three games to go."

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