Spartan Digest - High / Low

The 2010 season got underway in Spartan Stadium with the Michigan State Spartans taming the Western Michigan Broncos. looks at the highs, lows and other aspects of the game.

With a 38-14 victory over Western Michigan, Mark Dantonio watched as his team fought through the butterflies to take control and win a the season opener in commanding fashion. What was the highlights and low lights?

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.

Low: The Spartans also gave the ball back two times as Keshawn Martin made a poor choice on a punt and Charlie Gantt gave up the ball after a big play giving out a hit to a defender.

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.

High: The right side of the Spartans offensive line played a solid game as guard Chris McDonald and J'Michael Deane both provided holes and solid pass protection during the game.

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.

High: Keith Nichol showed his athletic ability with a touchdown catch that looked as if Kirk Cousins had overthrown. The converted quarterback pulled down two balls for 49 yards on the day.

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.

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