staff, September 8, 2012

Andrew Maxwell threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 11 Michigan State cruised to a 41-7 win over Central Michigan on Saturday. The Spartans (2-0) scored 10 points in the final minute of the first half to take a 24-0 lead. Michigan State was playing at Central Michigan (1-1) for the first time, part of a decade-long series of games against the Chippewas, Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan.

Le'Veon Bell had 70 yards on 18 carries with two touchdowns, shouldering a lighter load after carrying 44 times for 210 yards in Michigan State's opener against Boise State.

The Spartans haven't allowed an offensive touchdown this season.


FINAL: No. 11 Michigan State beat Central Michigan 41-7 thanks to a tag-team effort from Andrew Maxwell and Le'Veon Bell on Saturday at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. Maxwell racked up 278 yards through the air and Bell rumbled for 62 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

The Spartans' passing game looked unstoppable at times against the Chippewas' defense. Michigan State's air attack couldn't be contained, as it torched Central Michigan for 323 yards and two touchdowns.

The Spartans' offense dominated, ripping off huge chunks of yardage. Michigan State burned the Chippewas' defense for five plays of more than 20 yards. The Spartans added to the highlight reel when Maxwell found DeAnthony Arnett open for a 48-yard pass with 12:50 left in the third quarter. The big gainer was part of a seven-play drive capped off when Maxwell threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to Bennie Fowler. That gave Michigan State a 31-0 lead.

Central Michigan racked up 247 total yards. The Chippewas' passing game had to do most of the work with the rushing attack contributing just 74 yards rushing on 22 attempts.

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