What We Learned on Saturday

Michigan State came away with a much needed victory on Saturday over Iowa and in the process showed Spartan fans and the Big Ten several things in the process. What did we learn?

Michigan State hitting the road for a big win over a team they've not beaten on the road since 1989 is just another first under Mark Dantonio. In the process we learned several things about the Spartans.

The Bell Tolls for Le'Veon

While Edwin Baker is still a quality back, make no mistake the Spartans power running game with Le'Veon Bell is a major reason for Saturday's win over Iowa.

Not only did Bell rush for 112 yards, he averaged 5.6 yards per carry in the process. This is major to the Spartans hopes of winning out and reaching Indy for the Big Ten Championship game.

Baker is still a player teams must prepare for as he added another 51 yards rushing to go with a huge 17 yard catch. But Bell must be the focus if the Spartans are to keep the offense balanced.

They Just Win

With Saturday's 37-21 win, the 2011 senior class improves to 34-15 during their career. The 34 wins are the most wins by a senior class in the Spartans 115-year football history beating the mark set by last year's seniors.

Not Bad For a Two-Star Recruit

Kirk Cousins will leave Michigan State as one of its all-time top quarterbacks. Not bad for a recruit who only reached two-star status coming out of Holland (MI) Christian High School. Would Cousins have been offered if Keith Nichol had kept his pledge with the Spartans when Mark Dantonio got the MSU job?

We may never know the answer to this question, but with Senior Day coming up this week it would be hard for any Spartan fan to think about the Spartans without Cousins under center.

Going into this week's game against Indiana, Cousins has over 8,000 yards passing and is only four touchdown throws from matching Jeff Smoker's school record 61 career touchdowns passes.

Martin Stepping Up

Over the past few weeks wide receiver Keshawn Martin has taken his game up a level. On Saturday he posted four catches for 87 yards. Add in his 77 yards against Minnesota and 58 yards against Nebraska and Martin has now set career highs with at least three games remaining before the end of his Spartans career.

How Much Longer Part One

Can Michigan State keep defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi in the fold? Narduzzi, who has the Spartans playing great defense, guided his charges on Saturday to holding down one of the top rushers in college football in Marcus Coker to 57 yards (2.7 avg).

With college head coaching jobs opening up each week, it will be interesting to see where Narduzzi's name comes up as a possible candidate.

How Much Longer Part Two

With it now looking certain Ohio State will look for a new head coach after the season, could Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio be a coach the Buckeyes go after? Despite signing a new contract, the track record being built by Coach D is impressive and one that could find OSU taking a hard look at the Ohio native.

Don't Look Too Far Ahead

On paper this weekend's game against Indiana doesn't look to be much of a game. However, despite their 1-9 record, the Hoosiers have been given the chance to prepare for two weeks for the Spartans. Always lots of emotion for Senior Day, and always a chance the Spartans come out sluggish after their big win over Iowa.


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