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Eastern Michigan Vs. Michigan State 2012: Le'Veon Bell Carries Spartans Past Early Struggles

The Michigan State Spartans struggled early but followed the effort of running back Le'Veon Bell to victory Saturday, defeating the Eastern Michigan Eagles, 23-7.

Bell finished the game with a career high 253 rushing yards and one touchdown on 36 attempts, an average of seven yards per carry. In a game where Michigan State trailed at halftime, Chris Vannini of SB Nation's Michigan State Spartans blog, The Only Colors, writes that Bell is the absolute only offensive option the team has.

Le'Veon Bell has to do everything - On the ground, he finished with 253 yards on 36 carries and one late touchdown to put things away. That's 7.0 yards per rush against the worst rush defense in FBS. After Nick Hill fumbled a punt return, Bell was put back there. He had three returns for 18 yards. This is not ideal, but it appears the coaches don't trust anyone else.

Michigan State's next contest comes at home against No. 16 Ohio State.

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