September 22, 2012; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans running back Le'Veon Bell (24) is tackled by Eastern Michigan Eagles linebacker Colin Weingrad (35) during 1st half of a game at Spartan Stadium against the Eastern Michigan Eagles. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE

Michigan State Vs. Eastern Michigan: Spartans Struggle Early, But Pull Off 23-7 Win

The Michigan State Spartans struggled in the first half, but found their offense in the second and managed a 23-7 win over Eastern Michigan on Saturday.

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Dantonio Unhappy With MSU Fans For Booing

Hardly pleased by his players' performance on the field as of late to begin with, Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio informed MLive's Diamond Leung on Tuesday that he is not too happy about his fans showering the team with boos during Saturday's win over Eastern Michigan.

"I think the crowd has got to remain positive obviously through thick and thin, especially during the thin times," Dantonio said. "I think that’s just the way you’ve got to go sometimes. If you’re a Spartan, that’s what you do."

Though Michigan State walked out of Spartan Stadium with a 23-7 victory over a well-coached Eagles program, a number of fans still made sure they let players and coaches know of their displeasure with Eastern's 7-3 halftime advantage. And as far as Dantonio is concerned, reactions like this aren't going to help anybody going forward.

"I know that there’s frustration out there, but we’ve won 16 out of 17 games in this stadium, so I think we’re working at it, and it’s frustrating for all of us as indicated," he said. "It just happens in the society we live in right now. When we did catch the one pass, they would give you the Bronx cheer."

Dantonio's 3-1 Spartans will hit the field this weekend to face an Ohio State team that has looked quite impressive thus far with sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller running the show. Regardless of whether they have been muted or not by Dantonio's comments, tens of thousands of raucous fans will once again line Spartan Stadium on Saturday desperate for another victory.


Eastern Michigan Vs. Michigan State Final Score: Spartans Find Offense, Win 23-7

It took them a couple quarters, but No. 21 Michigan St. managed to find their offense and pull out a win over unranked Eastern Michigan on Saturday. Le'Veon Bell carried the rock a whopping 36 times for 253 yards. Still, he only managed one touchdown on the day, and it wasn't until the very end of the fourth quarter after MSU really started to get their offense going.

The Spartans were trailing heading into the second half, when Eastern Michigan took a Bennie Fowler fumble and turned it into a 23-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Benz to Donald Scott. It was their only score of the day, and their only bright spot on offense. They only managed 137 yards passing and 46 yards rushing altogether, and only kept this one close due to a strong defense in the first half.

After only netting a Dan Conroy field goal in the first half (Conroy also missed one in the first quarter, from 39 yards out), the Spartans managed 20 points in quarters two and three. Conroy was good from 35-yards and 44 yards in the third quarter, while Andrew Maxwell hit Dion Simms for a 10-yard touchdown in the fourth. That, coupled with the Bell touchdown in the final three minutes, was what the Spartans were able to do offensively.

Next week, the Spartans will have a tough matchup in No. 16 Ohio St., while Eastern Michigan will take on Kent State.

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