The Michigan State victory over Florida Atlantic placed the Spartans with a 2-0 record going into their first major test of the 2010 season against Notre Dame. We now go back and look at our 5 Questions to see if the Spartans were able to answer in a way we felt was needed.
#1. Will the Spartans defensive front get more pressure on a pro-set quarterback in Jeff VanCamp?
Answer: The Spartans recorded two sacks on the day, but one was a spilt sack between Colin Neely and Kevin Pickelman. So the jury is still out on if the Spartans front four can get the pressure needed to cause teams problems. Neely also posted a quarterback hurry, but much more will be needed.
#2. Will the Spartans take the Owls lightly and be looking ahead at Notre Dame?
Answer: No, the Spartans came out posting the first two scores in the game and scored in each of the following quarters while only giving up two touchdowns with one coming against the Spartans second team defense.
#3. How well will the Spartans defensive backs fair against the Owls passing attack?
Answer: FAU passed for 256 total yards and one passing touchdown. Coverage on the deep ball was solid as the longest play came on a short pass that went for 41 yards towards the end of the fourth quarter. The Spartans posted no interceptions and as was the case in week one, the short pass, and those in the flat always seemed to be open.
#4. Can the Spartans rushing attack rev it up again against a team they should run over?
Answer: Yes, the Spartans came out and ran the ball very well as Edwin Baker posted 183 yards on only 15 carries. Le'Veon Bell would have had a bigger day if not for his one mistake that watched him lose 14 yards when he tried to make something happen when it was not there. As a team the Spartans only had 225 yards on the day but the offensive line looked solid.
#5. Will this game become the game where Coach Dantonio will be able to empty his bench and give some of the younger players a chance to earn the experience needed prior to getting into bigger games on the season?
Answer: Twenty-seven non-starter/non-kickers took part in this game. The Spartans dressed seventy players for the game and played fifty-two players. This placed them at just under 75% of those dressed that played. Not a total bench clearing, but good enough to get several players into the flow of the game and ready for the coming weeks.