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Bell sparks MSU offense after takeaway

9/24/2011

Michigan State's offense figured to be in the spotlight today after putting up just 13 points and 29 rushing yards last week against Notre Dame.

The top goal: re-establish the run and build some confidence in a patchwork offensive line before next week's trip to Ohio State.

The Spartans just took a step.

After stalling on several drives and committing a turnover, Michigan State marched downfield behind sophomore running back Le'Veon Bell. Following a Trenton Robinson interception, the Spartans rode Bell on a 5-play, 63-yard drive that culminated in a 5-yard Bell scoring run.

An offensive line feeling some heat after last week has to be feeling a bit better now.

Bell, if you remember, burst out of the gate last season, putting himself in the mix for Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors in the first six games. He hit a wall down the stretch and saw his production decline, but he has the body and the skills to be a featured back in this league.

Michigan State leads Central Michigan 14-0 midway through the second quarter.