So, much has been made in the MSM of Kirk Cousins blossoming as a qb this year and how he should have no problem Chappelbombing the Michigan D. One major aspect of this game that I dont believe has received enough attention is that, this is the first time MSU will play a road game this season (Let's be serious Ford Field doesnt count). So I thought I would take a look at how well Cousins fared on the road last season. Needless to say I was not very impressed.
@ND- 23/ 35 -302 YDS - 1 INT- 1 TD
@WISCY-17/34- 201 YDS- 1 INT- 2 TD
@Minnesota- 21/35- 236 YDS- 1 INT- 2 TD
@ Purdue- 11/25- 208 YDS- 0 INT- 3 TD
TEXAS TECH Bowl Game- 13/27- 220 YDS- 2 INT- 1 TD
TOTAL AVG- 17/31.2- 233.4 YDs- 1 TD- 1.8 TD- Completion percentage 54%
Montana State- 10/17- 183 YDS- 3 TD- 0 INT (SPLIT TIME WITH NICHOLS)
Central Mich- 13/18- 164 YDS- 1 TD- 0 INT (SPLIT TIME WITH NICOLS)
MICH- 15/21- 152 YDS- 0 TD- 2 INT (RUSHED FOR 74 YDS THOUGH)
NW- 21/31- 281 YDS- 2 TD- 0 INT
IOWA- 16/32-255 YDS- 1 TD- 0 INT
WMU- 22-25- 353 YDS- 2 TD- 0 INT
PSU- 16/28- 155 YDS- 1 TD- 1 INT
TOTAL AVGS: 16/24.5- 220 YDS- 1.5 TD- .33 INT- Completion Percentage 65%
As you can see his outliers were in yards against ND and TD against Purdue. but overall not very impressive when away from the friendly confines.
At home outliers were yards against WMU, INT's against Michigan and TD's against Montans State. He obviously took care of the ball better at home with a little less yardage to go with.
I dont know what conclusions I draw from this other than I dont think Cousins is very good on the road and Saturday will most definitely be the most hostile crowd he has ever faced, as I expect it to be the loudest game at the Big House ever.
Cant wait for Saturday Go Blue!!! Sorry if my charts were a little spotty I dont know how to import one.
FWIW: This year in their "Road game" againt FAU Cousins stat line was, 9/17- 142 YDS- 1 TD- 1 INT