Scores

Final

W Michigan 14

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Michigan State 38

(1-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: ESPN2

12:00 PM ET, September 4, 2010

Spartan Stadium, EAST LANSING, MI

1 2 3 4 T
WMU 7 0 7 014
MSU 7 21 7 338

Top Performers

Passing: A. Carder (WMU) - 220 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: L. Bell (MSU) - 10 CAR, 141 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Nunez (WMU) - 7 REC, 54 YDS, 1 TD

Freshman Le'Veon Bell scores two TDs to lift Michigan State

Associated Press

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Freshman Le'Veon Bell rushed for 141 yards on 10 carries and scored two touchdowns to spark Michigan State past Western Michigan 38-14 in a season-opening game Saturday.

Bell's 75-yard run was the key play in a scoring drive that gave the Spartans a 21-7 lead in the second quarter. He followed it up with touchdown runs of 2 yards in the second quarter and 18 yards in the third quarter to put Michigan State ahead 35-7.

Bell became the first true freshman in Michigan State history to rush for 100 yards or more in his debut game.

The Spartans were sluggish early, but the Reynoldsburg, Ohio, native gave them a spark off the bench spelling starter Edwin Baker.

Baker finished with 117 yards and two TDs on 17 carries.

Running back Larry Caper, nursing an injured right hand, did not play for Michigan State. He could have played if needed, but the Spartans were fine without him against outmatched Western Michigan.

Alex Carder, making his first start at quarterback for Western Michigan, completed 27 of 49 passes for 220 yards with two touchdown and an interception.

Kirk Cousins completed 13 of 21 passes for 186 yards a touchdown for Michigan State.

Cousins connected with receiver Keith Nichol, a converted quarterback, on a 20-yard TD pass to give the Spartans a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter. The 31-yard scoring drive was set up when Michigan State's Denicos Allen recovered a fumbled shotgun snap.

Western Michigan tied the game at 7-7 late in the first quarter on a 1-yard touchdown pass from Carder to Juan Nunez. The scoring drive was set up when Michigan State's Keshawn Martin muffed a bouncing punt, recovered by Western's Kyle Lark at the Michigan State 19-yard line.

Carder's 2-yard TD pass to Blake Hammond cut the Michigan State lead to 35-14 midway through the third quarter.

Michigan State has beaten Western Michigan eight straight times, including a 49-14 victory last season. Western Michigan's last win in the series came in 1919.

Michigan State, a member of the Big Ten, has a 39-7-2 record against current members of the Mid-American Conference. The Spartans lost to a MAC team, Central Michigan, last season.

Michigan State is 3-1 in season openers under coach Mark Dantonio.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WMU
MSU
1st Downs1619
Total Yards323483
Passing238186
Rushing85297
Penalties5-2511-69
3rd Down Conversions8-233-11
4th Down Conversions2-40-0
Turnovers32
Possession33:5526:05

Passing Leaders

Western MichiganC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Carder27/492204.521
Michigan StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Cousins13/211868.910

Rushing Leaders

Western MichiganCARYDSAVGTDLG
Carder9384.2018
Winchester15302.009
Michigan StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bell1014114.1275
Baker171176.9228

Receiving Leaders

Western MichiganRECYDSAVGTDLG
White88210.3025
Hammond46115.3128
Michigan StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Dell68113.5037
Gantt24924.5035

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWMUMSU
TD12:30Edwin Baker 28 Yd Run (Dan Conroy Kick) 07
TD00:07Juan Nunez 1 Yd Pass From Alex Carder (John Potter Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERWMUMSU
TD12:14Keith Nichol 20 Yd Pass From Kirk Cousins (Dan Conroy Kick) 714
TD03:26Edwin Baker 7 Yd Run (Dan Conroy Kick) 721
TD00:34Le'Veon Bell 2 Yd Run (Dan Conroy Kick) 728
THIRD QUARTERWMUMSU
TD11:54Le'Veon Bell 18 Yd Run (Dan Conroy Kick) 735
TD08:22Blake Hammond 2 Yd Pass From Alex Carder (John Potter Kick) 1435
FOURTH QUARTERWMUMSU
FG07:30Dan Conroy 33 Yd 1438