Five Answers: Ohio State

The Spartans earned a victory at Ohio State using a high pressure defense and solid passing game. We asked five questions prior to the game and here are the answers.

Here are the answers to the five questions/points we brought up before the game.

Question One: With another week together, will the Michigan State offensive line start to gel?

Answer One: The performance on Saturday was better as the Spartans offensive line gave up no sacks and the Buckeyes failed to record a quarterback hurry on the day. The struggle came in the running game as MSU averaged 2.3 yards per rush.

Question Two: Will quarterback Kirk Cousins look sharp against the Buckeyes?

Kirk Cousins
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Answer Two: The numbers look good on paper for Cousins. However, watching the overall performance left some scratching their heads and when you add in two interceptions you know the senior quarterback has yet to hit on all cylinders.

Question Three: Can the Spartans running game overpower the Buckeyes defensive front?

Answer Three: No! The struggles continue for the Spartans running game as they picked up a total of 71 yards on the ground.

Question Four: Can the Spartans pressure freshman quarterback Braxton Miller into making a key mistake?

Answer Four: The Spartans defense placed pressure on Miller all day long as they sacked him four times and also picked him off once. However, the pressure didn't end when Miller left the game as MSU also placed a beating on back-up Joe Bauserman sacking him five times.

Question Five: Can the Spartans take advantage of Ohio State's youth in the secondary?

Answer Five: Yes & No! The Spartans did find the going good as B.J. Cunningham had a great day with nine catches for 154 yards. The big play was the touchdown that Cunningham was able to elude Travis Howard. However, the Buckeyes also made a few plays with an interception and a tipped pass that also turned into a turnover.

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