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MSU football: Meat and potatoes from Boise State win

At times, it wasn’t pretty. At times, it was a thing of beauty. But there’s no denying that Friday night’s 17-13 comeback over Boise State was an impressive victory for MSU. And here are links aplenty for you to digest.

Joe Rexrode recaps the game and the dominant night by the defense that held Boise State without an offensive touchdown for the first time since 1997. Here’s my column on what went wrong and what went right and grades for the Spartans. Obviously, Le’Veon Bell’s 210 yards rushing on 44 carries easily proved to be the night’s bright spot, and Brian Calloway looks at the junior running back’s monster game – in which he outgained the Broncos’ entire offense. Watch Bell and QB Andrew Maxwell talk about their performance.

Brian also looks at the special night for Sexton High grad Micajah Reynolds getting his first start. Rexrode caught up with Arthur Ray before the game. Paul Henderson has postgame video of Mark Dantonio, Pat Narduzzi and Dan Roushar. And here is a photo gallery from our esteemed Rod Sanford and Matthew Dae Smith.

Brian will have more on Sunday and all next week leading up to next Saturday’s game at Central Michigan. Who knows what other surprises are in store. As for me, I’m off to get married and will be back during Notre Dame week.

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82 Responses to MSU football: Meat and potatoes from Boise State win

  1. avatar Ben Green says:

    Great win over a top 25 team! Now BSU is “only” 73-7 under Petersen, who lost for only the 7th time in 7 years.

    Congratulations Chris!

  2. avatar MSUAussie says:

    Congratulations Chris!

  3. avatar The Tanner says:

    Bell get carries baby !!!

    Lippit turn ball over baby !!!

    Gholston go missing baby !!!

    The Tanner got the inside scoop baby !!!

  4. avatar GoSt8Go says:

    It felt like a great day was in the making, having started at the Morgan Freeman statue, visiting some special places with some great people. Poncho is both very special and down-to-earth. Several times yesterday it was expressed how lucky wwe are in this era of TI, MD, MH and LAS. Time is fleeting and I’ll enjoy it while I can.

    There is a man most of you never notice or hear about that works in the program. He is the very best of people. He will quickly defer and tell you that is what this program is made of: very good and decent people that are a great team. No one else need apply. DP, thank you so much.

    Good teams find a way to win. It felt like we merely needed to flip a switch in the 4th quarter to pull off the last drive, then stuff Boise. Certainly, the task was much more difficult, but that’s how it felt at the time. No one need be fooled by the score. This is a good, disciplined BSU team we played last night. While re-loading, this team did not show up in E. Lansing thinking they were going to lose last night. A fan near me was frustrated that we could not get to the QB last night. However, this is what BSU does and they throw the kitchen sink into every offensive play, then change the color from white to black to mauve and that awful color from the 70′s. Nice win last night.

    Go ‘bama.

    • avatar '89 Chemistry says:

      I met DP briefly before the game, and second your sentiments.

    • avatar Ghost of Biggie says:

      DP is the best. The faces of the programs set the tone nd people like DP elevate them to greatness.

      • avatar Spartan81 says:

        Thank you DP for a great dinner and time at the hall of fame cafe watching Michigan lose. Let me assure all of you no one was lyelling roll tide during the pummeling of Michigan louder than DP last night

  5. avatar MSUDersh says:

    What a game, great win, there’s a long way to go but this team certainly has a lot of talent. Le’Veon just imposed his will on Boise, as did the D for the most part. I haven’t looked, but there were several defensive penalties that resulted in 1st downs & extended drives. Otherwise, the D was solid, no sacks but that’s more the nature of the Boise offense (Kellen Moore had the second lowest sack per pass attempt ration in CFB history) than anything else.

    I really hope they can use next week as kind of a gamespeed scrimmage with hitting, and work on things like the passing game and running game outside of Bell.

    Conroy had a huge FG, but shanked his second one badly. Hopefully he gets back on track right away. No mistakes from Pepper in the snapping game, and Sadler had some great punts. His penalty was BS, he was already tackling the guy when they hit the sideline.

    Go Green!!!!

    • avatar '89 Chemistry says:

      I expected an over/under of sacks on Southwick to be one. So zero’s not so bad. But only two hurries to BSU’s seven on Maxwell? I do think there’s going to be some adjustment period before Joel Foreman’s loss is compensated for.

      From the upper deck, live, it looked like Sadler followed through excessively out of bounds on the tackle. Generally, if the tackler’s still embracing the runner three yards o.o.b., it’ll get flagged.

    • avatar '89 Chemistry says:

      It seems like the only penalties with a plausible outcome on the score were [1] a BSU clip that probably made the difference between a TD and a field goal; and [2] the MSU pass interference halfway through the 4th (with 6:32 to kill on the BSU 43, MSU might’ve had no choice but to score again whether or not it was needed).

      Having said that, 90 yards of penalties is pressing luck against tough teams.

  6. avatar Tobacco Road Spartan says:

    Roll Tide!

  7. avatar Breadtruck86 says:

    Halftime report from Dallas:

    Taylor LeWan, vaunted UM lineman, kills two drives with dumb penalties.
    Den-tard Robinson, vaunted UM quarterback, kills two drives with interceptions, the second a pic six. Bama is rolling, and it’s safe to say the September Heismann race is over…..

  8. avatar Ghost of Biggie says:

    We were our on worst enemy. Without two mishandled interceptions, a fumble on a probable td and 3 or 4 silly penalties we would be talking about what a dominating win this was and how great Bell AND Maxwell did. The bobbles gave Boise 10 points and cost us 10 or 14 points. The fumbled reception was 7 points handed away. Maxwell’s one bad read, throw cost a touchdown. Altogether probably another 120 yards of offense lost. Put that all together and this would have been nearly 600 yds plus to Bouse’s 206 and a minimum of 41-3. A thorough domination of a proud and respected program. Eliminate the mistakes and this team could be scary good. All this inspite of the way it felt during the game when emotion leads to the feeling that we were just barely surviving and that the passing game sucked. Error fee ball and welcome Captain Maxwell, First Officer Bell and Spartan Trek the Next Generation. Of course if the errors aren’t curtailed, it’s more like Rodney Dangerfield Bill Murray and Caddyshack during the Big Ten. As they say it is a game of inches and the only stat that counts is is the final score.

    An aside, Tony Lippett looked like Keshawn Martin during his freshman and sophomore years. Also Maxwell looked like Cousins his first year, some shaky reads and mistimed throws, but in general solid. Enough alike that the comparisons will continue.

  9. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    The tailgate vittles at Breadtruck’s were a far cry from meat and potatoes, guys, you missed out on a tenderloin sandwich to die for. Thanks again, wish I were a Frosh learning the ropes again. (well, not really, but you know what I mean, BT86 and again say thanks to the boss for her antipasta)

    • avatar Breadtruck86 says:

      We’re all a little spoiled with the long home winning streak, the great weather, and the great company on Friday. My 9-3 prediction is looking solid, but my guess on Wisconsin being better was off. They really miss Russ Wilson.

      And Urban Meyer is still a low life that will run it up every time, even though his team stunk for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, Mark Dantonio takes a knee at the three yard line on Boise rather than punch it in. Of course all the BTN is talking about is how strong OSU looks defending the run against the worst running team in the nation, and how the Spartans need to improve on offense. Sigh.

      • avatar '89 Chemistry says:

        Wisconsin nearly got Appalachian Stated. Is it too early to worry about MSU’s strength of schedule?

        As for U. ["Thant"] Meyer, he didn’t do any better than Central Florida did at Akron. UCF will be Brutus’s only early challenge–California having lost to Nevada.

  10. avatar '89 Chemistry says:

    Congratulations to Solari on the nuptials!
    Congratulations to Calloway for predicting the game margin [4] and being close [21-17] to the final score. Among a handful major print reporters’ predictions, Bennett of ESPN was closest [17-14] to the outcome.

    Here are some quotes, stats, & observations pertinent to Friday’s game:

    * DT Brandon Clemons (behind Reynolds & Hoover) had foot surgery Thursday and will miss “significant time” according to associate athletic director John Lewandowski.

    * Joe Rexrode has some essential notes here:
    http://tinyurl.com/8lfdmfr

    * Some yahbutts for Maxwell: There were three “dropped” passes in the 1st half. Two of these generated 10 points for the Broncos. I don’t have actual stats, but am supremely confident that 3.33 defensive points per bobbled pass is a statistical aberration. And Rexrode pointed out that “…on the final two [MSU] drives – to win and clinch – Maxwell was 5 of 5 passing, three of them to convert
    crucial third downs.” There’s something to be said for clutch
    conversions. (Which reminds me: Maxwell / Favre comparisons were a Friday-night trend.)

    * Off Tackle Empire blogger MSULaxer27 encapsulated Friday’s QB performances by game halves:

    “[Maxwell]
    1st Half: 11/22 96yards 50% 4.36 YPA Rating 59.4
    2nd Half 11/15 152 69% 9.50 Rating 148.5

    “[Southwick]
    1st Half 8/18 114yards 44% 6.33 YPA Rating 86.5
    2nd Half 7/13 55yards 54% 4.23 YPA Rating 89.4″

    Clearly, Maxwell adjusted and improved after halftime. Laxer27 goes on:
    “Which QB did the announcers consistently praise for his ‘adjustments’ from the first half to the second half?…[Southwick].”
    (Maxwell’s QB rating of 97 Friday was less than his rating of 112 as a backup.)

    * Maxwell on Bell, “He got stronger as the game went on.”
    * Gholston on Bell: “That jump when he hurdled someone, he does that in practice. I don’t think he’s going to hurdle me, I’ve jumped over him a couple of times.” (It’s actually illegal to hurdle a player, except for ball carriers.)

    * Bell said, “I’ve still got things to work on and get better at.” (Yes. Obviously. He didn’t quite lead the team in receptions…) In MSU best single-game player history, Bell’s rushing [210 yds] was #24 and all-purpose yards [265] were #10. The last time someone from the B1G rushed more in an opener? 2009 [Purdue vs. Toledo]. And here’s the list of Spartans that have more than Bell’s 44
    carries in one game:
    Lorenzo White.

    * Johnny Adams on the Spartan D: “We have a lot of adjustments we have to make. A lot of guys believe we played sub-par, including myself.”

    * Roushar was impressed with Dion Sims for his blocking. Maxwell said this about BSU and Sims: “They did kind of start taking him away [as a target option...(mostly) with pre-snap looks]…[MSU] kept going back to him and it paid off for us.”

    * Since 1999, MSU is 12-2 in season debuts–and 14-0 in home openers. Dantonio is 5-1 in home night games.

    * I was disappointed with the quality of the stadium’s sound system. Apart from the announcer’s more-emphasized pronouncements, voice audio was unintelligible to fans around me (and to myself).

    • avatar Ghost of Biggie says:

      Interesting stats. The talking heads get a notion and ride it whether its backed by fact or not. Maxwells stats and BSU’s 66 yards in the second half illustrate the ignorance of the so called experts in the studio.

      Consensus seems to be video great, sound not so much. Perhaps AtlSpartan can instruct them in how to rectify that problem.

      • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

        Music came through just fine, so maybe the announcers voice modulation isn’t compatible

        • avatar MSU Owns Denard says:

          i thought the same thing Marine, i wish i would have enjoyed the game more, we had two idiots who admitted they were scum fans in boise gear, i let them have it most of the game, they were deafly quiet at the end though hee hee

          • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

            Same thing at last years Outback, Ga.
            Fans heckled the 3rd /early 4th quarters, but then were missing/gone/LUD in the OT’s. Now at least they were dressed in Ga stuff instead of the Paris Hilton cowards who tried cammo. (LUD = Laid Up Drunk, happens a lot, but usually on SAt/Sun mornings)

          • avatar Spartan 81 says:

            Could not reply to the Marine on those link, I gave those GA idiots some shock and awe and they left us alone, but Wolverine fans dressing up as Boise fans is pretty low just about as bad as copying monikers must be a new fad in Ann Arbor but no honor in it as far as I am concerned.

          • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

            We did have a Boise fan trying to arouse our animus not resplendent in any attire, but Trophy II and Agent 86′s 2 4th quarter drives had him retreating early. Must have been paid hecklers from Silverman – you know they weren’t paid by Dhaini.

          • avatar MSU Owns Denard says:

            Well I told those morons thanks for buying MSU tickets to supports MSU athletics, there was an older dude with a boise shirt on and a scum cap on sitting in a section below me, i yelled at him, that must suck to have no affiliation to any school, he just looked away, what else could he do?

    • avatar Spartan81 says:

      Regarding the sound system , your advise was relayed to DP that many fans were indeed hearing “the sheriff is near.”

  11. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    As far as the idiotic talking heads on the 4-letter network, they have and axe to grind – they said the Spartans wouldn’t be all that because of the “new” folks at QB and WR, they have to provide “proof” that they are all knowing. Remember as far as all those in the media, perception is reality. Paris Hilton still doesn’t have the recruits to contend with a real football team, even after 2 top 5 classes. So how many does it take? The talking heads sure thought they had the horses in preseason – so was the ‘bama game just an aberration? When your words of opinion don’t pan out, it’s always best to admit it, and move on. Instead, the excuses start to flow. Class will always tell, and mostly the talking heads have none.

    • avatar MSU Owns Denard says:

      yeah the funny part was they were saying well we all thought this would happpen, ummmm what? those tools were all about michigan winning that game, they get blown out, and it’s what they expected? what a bunch of goofs. hey where is jim beam now? hopefully sitting in a county jail somewhere

    • avatar Breadtruck86 says:

      To his credit, the Wearer of the Belt got it absolutely right before the UM game when he said they were overrated, and it was unlikely they would win. Nice job, you old goat.

      • avatar MSU Owns Denard says:

        wow the whole damn world knew that before the game, at least he stated the obvious, more then a lot of scUM fans did

      • avatar wearer of the belt says:

        Michigan has a long way to go , both MSU and Ohio State have forged an identity.

      • avatar wearer of the belt says:

        To be fair it is only the first game of the second year but, the old goat senses that Mark Dantanio has found his identity with smash mouth defense and running the ball. However the old goat was puzzled to see the Spartan O line struggle at times against a four man front, injuries?

        • avatar '89 Chemistry says:

          You know perfectly well that Jack Allen was in for Treadwell. BSU fans knew that DT Mike Atkinson was a nearly immovable object and that the DEs were among the best new starters on the team. In 2011, BSU had the FBS’s 2nd-best defense against adjusted line yardage [q.v. here]:
          http://footballoutsiders.com/info/glossary#aly

          It wasn’t always pretty. But zero sacks surrendered and no fumbles near the LoS to a perennial BCS contender in August over 90 plays with a new starting QB seems decent enough to me. Adjusting for opponent, did MSU’s O-line really struggle more than, say, Wisconsin’s?

          • avatar wearer of the belt says:

            Absolutely not, Wisconsin O line was subpar overall, MSU O line merely inconsistant, I recall one 30 yard run from deep in MSU territory where Bell did it all his own, It seemed at times that Maxwell felt pressure that was a step away causing an early release when it was not mandated, but thats just an old goats opinion . Should be a great season for MSU.

          • avatar '89 Chemistry says:

            Your opinions have merit, but I’m virtually certain the line will be fully prepared for the next two games, and I doubt the CMU & Irish defenses will be as flummoxing to Maxwell as BSU’s was. The Spartans’ first need, I think, is to field WRs that reliably catch fastballs with their hands so that they can finish ahead of Notre Dame.

          • avatar Spartan 81 says:

            It’s blog poetry in motion
            he shared his Spartan thoughts with me
            As deep as any ocean
            With Solari tweets in harmony
            Mmm – but he blinded me with statistics
            “he blinded me with statistics !”
            And hit me with technology

            When I’m reading posts by him
            “Blinding me with statistics – statistics!”
            I can smell 89 chemicals
            ” Blinding me with statistics – statistics!”
            “Statistics!”
            “Statistics!”

            When he’s posting next to me
            “Blinding me with statistics statistics!”
            “Statistics!”
            I can hear Sagarin machinery
            ” Blinding me with statistics statistics!”
            “Statistics

            It’s blog poetry in motion
            And now he’s making sense to me
            The blogo spheres’re in commotion
            Solari is in harmony
            Blinding me with statistics – statistics!”
            “Statistics!”
            “Statistics!”

            “Good heavens Bob Sakamoto – you’re irrelevant!”
            I -
            I don’t believe it!
            There he goes again!
            he’s tidied up, and I can’t find anything!
            All my plagurized tubes and wires
            And careful notes
            And antiquated notions

            He blinded me with statistics.

        • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

          I think my newly met friend ’89 has this one covered

          My question is will hokey pokey report honestly on his injuries. I expect dreadlocks to play this week, how about the dirtiest player on anyone’s football team and the Corner? Are they out for a while or just faking it so they didn’t have to keep getting their bell’s rung? Oh, that the tackle with the knee I’m talking about.

        • avatar Breadtruck86 says:

          On the mark again. Run blocking was strong, pass protection not so much. The most improvement comes from game one to game two, correct? We were also playing against a 10 win team. OSU ran it up on an overmatched opponent, Dantonio didn’t get credit for being classy and not punching it in on Boise.

  12. avatar Joe Rexrode says:

    It’s Solari Week here in mid-Michigan. I look forward to the dancing that will take place Friday. Thinking of busting out the moonwalk. I also want to thank all of you for inviting Solari and me to Beggar’s Banquet for a good time Thursday. Hope you all had a great time at the game and a safe trip home. And sorry about not making the tailgate Friday — it came down to kids’ haircuts that ended up taking about an hour longer than anticipated. So I had to scoot to the press box when I got there.

    • avatar Chris Solari says:

      Exactly what Joe said. Thanks for a great time Thursday and getting to meet many of you. Sorry I had to leave early. USMC, just reading about that tenderloin has me starving.

    • avatar Spartan81 says:

      That’s ok Joe coach Izzo gave us a special surprise, my father said it was like a dream, I plan, on framing the photo for a Christmas present

    • avatar Ghost of Biggie says:

      It was a special weekend beginning Thursday night with an evening with you and your wife, Chris, and the Usual Suspects. We missed you Friday at the tailgate. I dearly wanted a picture of you with our dearly departed friend on the flag pole. The Grand Tour was a huge success and meeting with TI was a lifetime moment. Thanks to Jeff , Dave, Dr A and Willie for their hospitality and generousity. Happy trails home to Trophy, Boston, Atlanta, GoSt8, Spartan 81, Marine, 89Chem, Lubeck, Breadtruck, and the Marine (Set that cruise close enough to the limit to be in warning territory. It’s not your 70′s ride). Perhaps another time this year in EL or better yet in Pasedena.

      • avatar Ghost of Biggie says:

        Left out I Believe from the list of guys. Hope you had a safe trip home as well.

      • avatar Spartan 81 says:

        Great meeting you flew home today, with some Boise Fans in first class, they think Southwick cost them the game I thought our Defense won it with the stops. They also felt we cost them their BCS shot.

    • avatar GoSt8Go says:

      Thankyou Joe and Chris. The pleasure was ours. And thanks for the travel wishes. The GSG’s are back in the commonwealth.

      • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

        glad everyone is where they started out safely; GOB, I think you meant Maureen with the first Marine.

        I’ll add that we who played had a great time at Walnut Hills and Forest Acres.

        And the statue still looks like Nelson Mandela or at least the actor who played him. If any of you ballplayers whom we met stop by here, as I said to each of you: thanks for coming to Michigan State.

        • avatar Spartan 81 says:

          I enjoyed meeting Denzel with you at the statue he was great posing for all those pictures, got a big smile when we mentioned playing his brother at the Bres, the day after Thanksgiving.

  13. avatar MSUDersh says:

    I DVR’d the replay on BTN this morning (can’t believe I forgot to record the whole thing live). One nice thing about re-watching the game is, I can focus on matchups I’m interested in.

    I’m through the first half so far, have been paying a lot of attention to Gholston so far. Narduzzi was moving him around a lot, from one side of the line to the other, and Boise was focusing on him. They routinely ran plays away from him, and also doubled him quite a bit with the tackle + TE, Guard or even FB. A lot of hands to his neck & face to block him, too.

    Even though his stats were minimal, the fact that Boise routinely ran plays away from him, plus him chewing up 2 blockers with regularity, tells me that he was a plus for us on the field that day.

  14. avatar Rob says:

    Dumb *ss Spartan football players need to quit tweeting derogatory comments about D Robinson and Michigan. Makes us look as arrogant and stupid as THEY have all these years. Just shut your fat mouths and play.

  15. avatar Drew says:

    And just how are none of Bell’s runs on ESPN’s top plays from Week 1? http://espn.go.com/videohub/video/clip?id=8330054&categoryid=2378529

  16. avatar Ghost of Biggie says:

    Short term memory loss. Bell’s hurdle run was Friday night and they can’t remember before Saturday. Pay attention to who they do show highlights from and what they are. Big touchdown plays and a sack. From the DR highlight you would have thought he had a spectacular game not just a desperation heave in which the defender slipped. They don’ t show the slip, just video suggesting that Gallon is faster than anyone.

  17. avatar hatrack says:

    Nice victory for the Spartans, learn as much as we can from it, and keep on movin’ forward, take it one game at a time, maybe great things await at the end of the road. Proud to be a Spartan, I am.

    Go Green!

  18. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Something that I haven’t typed on this or any other blog for quite awhile is the phrase “Spartan Hard”. It’s not because I have forgotten it, but it is because these teams of Coach Dantonio have learned how to play that way on a continuing basis. Spartan Hard has become an internal watch word without actually being said. It’s very real and it’s very noticeable AT games (you don’t see it so much on TV because they have to sell CocoPuffs). When young TL fumbled the ball, the defense came out on the field and rallied the Stadium, it was like, “ok, we got this, get behind us and we’ll get the stop.” It was a TEAM functioning. In previous regimes, the Defense wouldn’t have done that (and meant it). These guys get it, they believe in one another. They work hard for one another. It’s Spartan Hard.

    • avatar MSU Owns Denard says:

      totally agree, the defense had so many key stops in that game, teams of the past would have easily lost that game

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:

      Its like that sign you saw with DP outside of the locker room, I pledge never to take a day off, well it also means a down off in the heat of battled.

  19. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    not so sure SoCal football will be in the post season, too long. Stuff coming to light that happened while Kiffin was there, but not Haden.

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/football/story/2012-09-02/USC-Lane-Kiffin-NCAA-violations/57543396/1

  20. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Some interesting quotes from the weekend:

    “That’s bad. That’s absolutely non-negotiable. Nonsense.” — Meyer, not pleased that Ohio State could not score from the 1-yard line on the last play of the game against Miami (Ohio).” ——-which says to me we unfortunately have another classless coach in the B1G (I think we knew that, but now it’s confirmed)

    and speaking of classless coaches in the B1G:

    “We get a lot better out of this than a 42-0 blowout,” Badgers coach Bret Bielema said. “I don’t see what that gets.” ————-So why do you schedule and then execute those 70-6 blowouts?

    • avatar MSU Owns Denard says:

      Marine, OSU was stopped on the one on the last play of the first half, not the game, but still, equally classless…

      as for Bielema, he’s always confused

    • avatar '89 Chemistry says:

      I’ll give Meyer a pass on this one since it was in the first half. This was part of a two-minute drive while being up only 21-3. If Dantonio fails to punch the ball in under identical circumstances Saturday, he (and I) will be disgusted, too. And it appears that he had the 2nd unit in for the last TD on offense and for almost the entire 4th quarter on defense. It wouldn’t have killed OSU to try a PAT with the back-up kicker. But beyond that, that game was no worse than what MSU did to IU last year.

      This week, the most glaring offenders are FSU (69-3 over a team whose best RB’s first name is Pokey); the Cowboys (84-0 over Savannah State); and KSU (51-9 over MO State). In KSU’s case they outscored MOSt 35-0 in the fourth quarter–with a starter taking a punt back 89 yards for the final score. [Lateral it to Rudy or something, guys!]

  21. avatar 1/2 FULL says:

    Finally found the replacement blog. Was having withdrawal. Guess it wasn’t that hard once I hovered over the SPORTS heading on the new LSJ homepage.

    Anyway, agree with a lot of the analysis here. At the game, I never really felt like we would lose but we can’t turn the ball over 4 times, commit 10 penalties and miss a FG in the B1G. Defense might not always be able to bail out the offense. The O will get better. Expect that to start Saturday in Mt. P. Feel for Enos, may not get another year and would hate to think MSU is contributing to his demise.

    Not an impressive opening weekend for the B1G. PSU losing, Iowa struggling (although that was a difficult matchup at Soldier Field) Wisconsin gets challenged at home, Michigan gets rolled by Bama (no surprise). Positives for the conference, MSU playing mediocre (overall) and beating a really solid team (ranked after all) Nebraska beating So. Miss (some were pretty impressed with Martinez but I still think he’s comparable to Denard, lets see what he does under pressure) however a sprained knee by Burkhead will hurt them. Purdue evidently looked good. OSU is talented and will be a load with Miller at QB in Meyer’s system. Like him or loathe him (Meyer) he does win games.

    Can’t wait for the 15th and another 8:00 start. But do hope they get the sound figured out. I sit in the south end zone and we can hear the referees calls at all. Don’t really miss not hearing Braverman but they still need to address that. Overall, the atmosphere is awesome with the new scoreboards.

  22. avatar 1/2 FULL says:

    Forgot to say “Congrats” to Chris.

    And someone needs to address the “time” on the blog. Shows my post as 3:32 pm on September 3, 2012 and I actually posted it at about 11:30 am on 9/3.

    • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

      Been yakked about since the blog opened, sir. IT Dept. is overwhelmed with the processing of all the new subscriptions. (somebody tell Sheldon that’s an example of sarcasm, please)

  23. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Joe’s blog headline is one of his better efforts for headlines: “Spartans Fall Short of Passing Grade”. His big idea from the blog, though, is “is this an Oreo game or a 2nd time around is always better than the first time game coming against the Chips.” (I know that 2nd putts usually go in where the first one didn’t)

  24. avatar GoSt8Go says:

    Check out the SI love for Bell: http://bit.ly/TRv6nt

  25. avatar ATLSpartan says:

    Watching a replay of the game. I will let someone with more experience comment on this, but Fonoti looked absolutely inept for the period of the game I was looking at, (last half of the second quarter). We were trying to pass the ball and he was beat badly on 4 out of 5 straight plays. The guy beat him with a swim move, a bull rush and a spin move and Fonoti was left flat-footed grasping at air.

    Hopefully this is stuff he can work on and work out. Or possibly the Boise DE was an All-American? It doesn’t look good for our passing game when we play Ohio St and Nebraska, both of whom will likely have bigger quicker guys than Boise?

    IDIT, but he has work to do.

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:

      I saw the same thing but did not want to name names, 89 thinks the Boise DE is that good though

      IDIT

      • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

        We all have bad games, sometimes it’s bad matchup. I will say this, although he started, he wouldn’t have if Skylar could have gone. We had 2 2nd team-ers starting Friday night. (Skylar had the broken hand and Blake the leg issue.) Not sure if they will be read to go against Chips, but they should be by South Niles.

  26. avatar Trophy says:

    What a great weekend. Great to meet all the usual suspects and hang out for a few days, sorry a couple of regulars couldn’t join us. Thanks to Breadtruck and MA for their tailgate hospitality. Thanks to DP for the Breslin tour and getting TI to hang out with us for a while. Great to talk to Solari and Rexrode Thursday night and get their insight into all things Spartan. Hey Joe, Georgio’s is addictive, took my 19 year old there for the first time when he was your kids age and now we can’t leave Michigan without a stop for pizza. Special thanks to Lubeck for setting all this up. Next meeting PASADENA!!

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