Dienhart: Snap reactions to afternoon games

BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart is offering his thoughts and analysis from every Big Ten game today. In this post, you can find his Snap Reactions from the Big Ten’s four afternoon games. Here are his Snap Reactions to the three early games. See what Dienhart has to say about Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern and Penn State’s victory here.

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Bell, Spartans run past upset-minded Eastern Michigan

Le’Veon Bell rushed for a career-high 253 yards and a touchdown to help stagnant Michigan State avoid a major upset with a 23-7 win over Eastern Michigan on Saturday. Dan Conroy kicked three field goals for the No. 21 Spartans (3-1), who failed to score a TD for more than seven quarters until Andrew Maxwell hit tight end Dion Sims on a 10-yard pass with 7:19 left.

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3rd Quarter Recap: Michigan State 9, E. Michigan 7

Michigan State’s defense held tough in the third quarter, holding Eastern Michigan to 31 total yards of offense, and the Spartans have taken the lead 9-7. Michigan State’s front seven stepped up in the quarter, allowing the Eagles to gain just 17 rushing yards.

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2nd Quarter Recap: E. Michigan 7, Michigan State 3

Eastern Michigan’s defense shut down Michigan State’s aerial attack in the second quarter, holding the Spartans to 31 passing yards and the Eagles now lead 7-3. Michigan State scored when Dan Conroy kicked a 35-yard field goal to polish off a 12-play, 74-yard drive, giving the Spartans the game’s first lead.

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1st Quarter Recap: Michigan State 0, E. Michigan 0

The two teams combined for more punts than points in a slow first quarter and the game is tied 0-0 at the end of the first quarter. With neither team able to move the ball, there were four punts in the quarter.

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