Spartans Sputter in OpenerLoss of Cousins, 5 INT’s cost Spartans dearly in 31-21 loss. Coming off of a surprising season last year, in which Michigan State surpassed expectations in a big way, East Lansing was buzzing all summer in anticipation for this football season. But dreams were shattered quickly this year, as the 24th-ranked NC State Wolfpack came into Spartan Stadium and walked off with an impressive 10-point win. Despite a strong start and a dominant performance on the ground, MSU’s drives stalled all game long as the Wolfpack front seven made it’s home in the Spartan backfield early. The Wolfpack finished the day with 7 sacks and numerous hits on the Quarterback, including one that knocked MSU QB Kirk Cousins out of the game early in the second quarter. The Spartans’ Edwin Baker and LeVeon Bell both surpassed 100 yards rushing on the day, but neither of them reached the end zone as the Spartan QBs combined to throw five interceptions due to the relentless pressure. Although MSU outgained the Wolfpack by over 150 yards, the five interceptions, two missed field goals, and three turnover-on-downs absolutely killed the Spartans, preventing them from getting within striking distance in the second half. Things aren’t going to be getting much easier for the Spartans as MSU travels to Morgantown for a date with West Virginia next week. Some serious issues on both sides of the ball will need to be worked out if MSU wants to have a shot at a Big Ten title this season.