EAST LANSING, MI (1660 THE FAN) – Through three quarters of Saturday’s game in East Lansing, the feeling for Spartans fans was that of apprehension.
Michigan State welcomed an Eastern Michigan team that was winless on the season at 0-3. Following a 20-3 loss against Notre Dame in primetime last week, the Spartans needed to make a statement against the Eagles.
While MSU may not have done that in their 23-7 win, Le’Veon Bell certainly did.
Bell had 36 carries in the contest, running the football for a career-high 253 yards while becoming the sixteenth running back in Michigan State history to have 2000 rushing yards in a career.
Even with Bell’s performance, though, Eastern Michigan carried a 7-3 lead into the locker room at halftime. MSU scored six more in the third quarter before scoring 14 in the fourth to seal the win.
Andrew Maxwell improved on his stat line in the second half. The quarterback ended the game going 16-for-29 with 159 and one touchdown.
Dion Sims carried the receiving load today, catching six passes for 112 yards and a touchdown.
The Spartans improve to 3-1 on the season. Michigan State opens Big Ten play next Saturday at home against Ohio State.