Boxscore
Michigan State 45, Central Michigan 7
Saturday, September 24, 2011 12:00 PM
Location - Spartan Stadium
Attendance - 72119

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Central Michigan 0 0 7 0 7
Michigan State 7 24 7 7 45

Recap


Le’Veon Bell tied a career high with three touchdowns and No. 23 Michigan State rolled to 45-7 win over visiting Central Michigan on Saturday in its final tune-up before a showdown with Ohio State.
 
Isaiah Lewis returned one of four Michigan State interceptions for a score as the Spartans bounced back from a 31-13 loss to Notre Dame.

Michigan State (3-1), which has won 14 of its last 15 non-conference home games,  improved to 25-6 in East Lansing under Mark Dantonio. One of those losses was a stunning 29-27 setback to the Chippewas (1-3) in 2009. However, that victory was spearheaded by Dan LeFevour – one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the Mid-American Conference.
 
Two years later, Central Michigan’s quarterback situation couldn’t be more different. A.J. Westendorp briefly replaced ineffective starter Ryan Radcliff midway through the second, but he had his first pass returned 37 yards for a touchdown by Lewis.
 
Lewis’ return made it 21-0 and Bell’s third touchdown – a 13-yarder – gave the Spartans a 31-0 lead with 1:23 left in the half.
 
The resurgence of the Spartans’ running game was a welcome sight after Michigan State managed just 29 yards on 23 carries in the loss to Notre Dame. The real challenge for the defending Big Ten co-champions comes next week in Columbus, which marks the start of a brutal four-game stretch that features contests against Michigan, Wisconsin and Nebraska.
 
Central Michigan's lone score came on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Radcliff to David Blackburn after a blocked punt early in the third.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 11:44
Michigan State   TD  Michigan State 7 - Central Michigan 0
2nd Quarter - 10:05
Michigan State   TD  Michigan State 14 - Central Michigan 0
2nd Quarter - 7:47
Michigan State   TD  Michigan State 21 - Central Michigan 0
2nd Quarter - 5:00
Michigan State   FG  Michigan State 24 - Central Michigan 0
2nd Quarter - 1:23
Michigan State   TD  Michigan State 31 - Central Michigan 0
3rd Quarter - 10:11
Central Michigan   TD  Michigan State 31 - Central Michigan 7
3rd Quarter - 6:45
Michigan State   TD  Michigan State 38 - Central Michigan 7
4th Quarter - 11:02
Michigan State   TD  Michigan State 45 - Central Michigan 7
TEAMS

Team Records

  Central Michigan Michigan State
W/L 1 - 3 - 0 3 - 1 - 0
Conference 0 - 1 - 0 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Central Michigan Michigan State
Score 7 45
First Downs 8 23
3rd Down Efficiency 2-for-12
17%
6-for-15
40%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-1
0%
1-for-2
50%
Total Yards 112 481
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 18-21 47-197
Average/Rush 1.2 4.2
Passing
Comp-Att 12-33 20-30
Passing Yards 91 284
Average/Pass Play 2.7 9.5
Penalties-Yards 3-26 4-20
Fumbles-Lost 3-0 2-0
Interceptions Thrown 4 1
Time of Possession 21:55 38:05

PLAYER STATS

Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
R. Radcliff 11/29 87 1 2
A. Westendorp 1/4 4 0 2
Michigan State (3 - 1)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Cousins 13/22 213 1 1
A. Maxwell 7/8 71 1 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
A. Westendorp 2 15 7.5 0
A. Garland 7 9 1.3 0
T. Phillips 7 8 1.1 0
R. Radcliff 2 -11 -5.5 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
L. Bell 8 81 10.1 3
L. Caper 11 52 4.7 0
E. Baker 16 49 3.1 0
N. Hill 8 20 2.5 0
A. Maxwell 2 -2 -1.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
C. Wilson 3 31 10.3 0
T. Phillips 3 25 8.3 0
J. Wilson 1 23 23.0 0
J. Harris 2 7 3.5 0
D. Blackburn 2 7 3.5 1
J. Fleming 1 -2 -2.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
B. Cunningham 3 67 22.3 0
K. Nichol 3 54 18.0 0
B. Sonntag 4 32 8.0 0
K. Mumhpery 1 31 31.0 0
T. Lippett 3 29 9.7 0
E. Baker 1 19 19.0 0
L. Bell 1 17 17.0 0
L. Caper 1 15 15.0 1
D. Sims 2 15 7.5 1
B. Linthicum 1 5 5.0 0
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