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.