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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Nothing to worry about from Spartans' first game

After hearing the response on Twitter and other online formats from Michigan State fans after the Spartans' season opener against Youngstown State, you'd think MSU lost to the Penguins as opposed to the 28-6 victory that took place in East Lansing Friday night. Sure, fans wanted something more along the lines of a 42-7 thumping, but the concern over a three-touchdown victory is unwarranted.
No, Michigan State's defense wasn't great, but Youngstown State scored its only touchdown as a result of a fumble recovery. Without that fumble, it's a shutout. The offense wasn't as terrible as described, either. Kirk Cousins completed 18 of 22 passes for 222 yards. Lead running back Edwin Baker ran for 91 yards and backup running back Le'Veon Bell scored two touchdowns. Receiver B.J. Cunningham caught nine passes for 130 yards and a score.
As far as season openers go, things could have been much worse. Ask Lloyd Carr and Chad Henne.
The Spartans have one more tune-up next week against Florida Atlantic before traveling to South Bend to take on Notre Dame. There's no reason to think MSU will have a letdown year just yet.


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