The only way to compare was going back and looking at last season's Western Michigan game. Last season the Spartans gained 483 (YSU-396) total yards of offense with 297 (YSU- 159) yards coming on the ground. However, MSU only posted 19 (YSU- 22) first downs on 59 (YSU- 58) total offensive plays.
The Spartans had the ball longer against YSU and also did a better job on third-down conversions from a year ago going 3-of-7 this year as compared to 3-of-11 a year ago.
The Michigan State offensive line has been the talk of pre-camp. Will the Spartans offensive line show well in the season opener?
While not a bad showing against YSU there is still some concerns as this group is still a work in progress. This is why you hope to play a team where you can work out the kinks and get better in week two. The Spartans rushed for 159 yards on the night and didn't give up a sack.
The loss of Greg Jones and Eric Gordan look to be major losses for the Spartans defense. How will their replacements to in their first starts?
Sophomore linebacker Max Bullough showed why the loss of Greg Jones may not be the biggest loss from a year ago. On the night Bullough posted 15 total tackles. Joining in the party was Denicos Allen who added nine total tackles and Chris Norman with six. Right now the linebacker core looks very strong.
Several new players will be getting the first starts of their careers. Who will have a breakout game on Friday night?
Nick Hill showed his value with two kickoff returns for a total of 41 yards with a long of 29 against YSU. While Marcus Rush got the surprise start and played solid posting four total tackles on the night.
Sadler was given three chances and hit for a total of 115 yards with one inside the 20. However, his long was 41 yards and overall he ended with an average of 38.3 yards. The area where Bates was missed was as a holder as Dan Conroy missed on a 27-yard field goal attempt because the laces where not turned right.