Highs & Lows
High: Turnovers – The Spartans got three turnovers against the Broncos and showed a difference from a year ago when the team struggled in this area.
High: Le'Veon Bell showed why Dantonio and his staff were very excited last spring as the true freshman enrolled early and took part in spring practice. In his first game, Bell rushed for 141 yards on 10 carries and 2 touchdowns being the first freshman in school history to rush for over 100 yards in their first game.
Low: Fullback Josh Rouse was injured during the game and will be lost for the season with an injury to his neck. Dantonio spoke after the game about the loss and while they are saddened about Rouse missing the season, Rouse had the use of his arms and legs.
Low: The left side of the Spartans offensive line was inconsistent as D.J. Young and Joel Foreman along with Jared McGaha worked off the rust. The overall performance was not bad, but at times Young struggled with the edge rush.
Low: Aaron Bates had to punt the ball seven times during the game.
High: Edwin Baker joined Le'Veon Bell with 117 yards on 17 carries and 2 touchdowns giving the Spartans two backs with over 100 yards for the first time in several years.
Low: Spartans only converted 3 of 11 on 3rd down.
High: Going into the game Spartans fans did not know who would be doing the kicking against Western Michigan. Dan Conroy was perfect on the day in extra points while also kicking a 33 yard field goal in the 4th quarter.
Low: All-American Greg Jones missed on getting his first career interception on a pass in the end zone. After the game Jones said it was painful but he's confident he'll get one before the year is out.
Check back as we breakdown the Spartans victory over Western Michigan more in depth.