Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE
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.
Venric Mark ran for 117 yards and three touchdowns to lead Northwestern to an easy 38-7 victory over South Dakota on Saturday afternoon. This one figured to be a breather for the Wildcats (4-0), and that’s exactly what it was. They barely broke a sweat against a FCS opponent after tight victories over Syracuse, Vanderbilt and Boston College, building a 28-0 halftime lead with Mark going off for 97 yards and doing all his scoring.
Nebraska ran for 101 yards in the quarter, and the Cornhuskers now lead 66-0. Nebraska held Idaho State to negative rushing yardage (-4 yards) in the quarter. The Cornhuskers made the score 52-0 when Ameer Abdullah returned a punt for a touchdown.
Penn State’s secondary stifled the passing game allowing just 12 yards through the air to Temple in the third quarter, and the Nittany Lions now lead 21-6. Penn State made it 21-3 when Matt McGloin turned a quarterback sneak into a two-yard touchdown run on the last play of an 11-play, 80-yard drive.
Northwestern racked up 84 rushing yards in the third, and the margin is still 28, as the Wildcats lead 35-7. Northwestern made its lead 35-0 when Treyvon Green pounded in a 33-yard touchdown run on the last play of a six-play, 71-yard drive. The Wildcats kept the ball on the ground during the drive, throwing only one pass.
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.