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Saturday, October 9, 2010
Spartans' conversion sets up Bell's big run

By Adam Rittenberg

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan's defense has to be feeling a bit demoralized right now.

The Wolverines forced a third-and-10 in Spartans territory, but officials called the Spartans for a penalty and killed the play. Then, continuing a theme from last week's game against Indiana, Michigan's defense allowed a third-and-long conversion to keep a drive alive.

Credit Michigan State's Keshawn Martin for an impressive catch-and-run on third-and-15, but Michigan's defenders continue to take horrible angles to the football. This is basic stuff, and it keeps showing up for the Wolverines.

The Spartans capitalized moments later with a 41-yard Le'Veon Bell touchdown run through a huge hole. Michigan State's offense has basically consisted of two long touchdown runs and the third-and-long conversion.

But against this Michigan D, it's enough as the Spartans lead 14-10.