Michigan State 26, Minnesota 10

Date - Saturday, November 24, 2012 3:30 PM
Location - TCF Bank Stadium
Attendance - 44194

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Michigan State 6 7 3 10 26
Minnesota 7 0 3 0 10

Recap


Michigan State 26, Minnesota 10: Le'Veon Bell rushed for a career-best 266 yards and a touchdown as the Spartans became bowl-eligible with a road victory over the Golden Gophers, who finished the game without their coach, Jerry Kill.

Kill didn't return to the field for the second half after suffering a seizure at halftime. Kill, who has a history of seizures, including suffering one after an Oct. 13 loss to Northwestern, was home resting Saturday night.

Michigan State (6-6, 3-5 Big Ten) extended its school-record streak of bowl appearances to six. The Spartans' defense held Minnesota to only four yards rushing and 96 yards of total offense, and picked off Gophers quarterbacks four times.

Bell rushed 35 times, averaging 7.6 yards per carry. Andrew Maxwell was 13-of-29 passing for 143 yards and a 41-yard touchdown to Bennie Fowler that put Michigan State ahead for good with 1:28 to play in the first half.

Minnesota (6-6, 2-6) got its only touchdown when Aaron Hill picked off Maxwell and returned it 33 yards for a score in the first quarter.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Bell became the seventh player in Michigan State history to go over 3,000 yards rushing in a career. ... Minnesota managed only seven first downs in the game, the first time the Gophers have failed to record 10 or more first downs since a Nov. 12, 2011 loss to Wisconsin. … Michigan State leads the series 28-17.



SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 11:24
Michigan State   FG  Minnesota 0 - Michigan State 3
1st Quarter - 4:43
Minnesota   TD  Minnesota 7 - Michigan State 3
1st Quarter - 1:29
Michigan State   FG  Minnesota 7 - Michigan State 6
2nd Quarter - 1:28
Michigan State   TD  Minnesota 7 - Michigan State 13
3rd Quarter - 11:01
Michigan State   FG  Minnesota 7 - Michigan State 16
3rd Quarter - 7:05
Minnesota   FG  Minnesota 10 - Michigan State 16
4th Quarter - 14:56
Michigan State   FG  Minnesota 10 - Michigan State 19
4th Quarter - 7:25
Michigan State   TD  Minnesota 10 - Michigan State 26
TEAMS

Team Records

  Michigan State Minnesota
W/L 6 - 6 - 0 6 - 6 - 0
Conference 3 - 5 - 0 2 - 6 - 0

Team Stats

  Michigan State Minnesota
Score 26 10
First Downs 21 7
3rd Down Efficiency 7-for-15
47%
5-for-14
36%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-0
0%
0-for-0
0%
Total Yards 421 96
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 44-278 19-4
Average/Rush 6.3 0.2
Passing
Comp-Att 13-29 13-30
Passing Yards 143 92
Average/Pass Play 4.6 2.9
Penalties-Yards 5-45 1-10
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-0
Interceptions Thrown 2 4
Time of Possession 37:37 22:23

PLAYER STATS

Michigan State (6 - 6)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
A. Maxwell 13/29 143 1 2
Minnesota (6 - 6)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
P. Nelson 10/23 61 0 3
M. Shortell 3/6 31 0 1
M. Gray 0/1 0 0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
L. Bell 35 266 7.6 1
L. Caper 2 23 11.5 0
N. Hill 4 8 2.0 0
A. Maxwell 2 -17 -8.5 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
D. Kirkwood 10 19 1.9 0
M. Gray 5 4 0.8 0
R. Williams Jr 1 1 1.0 0
M. Shortell 1 -9 -9.0 0
P. Nelson 2 -11 -5.5 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
B. Fowler 7 101 14.4 1
T. Lippett 3 24 8.0 0
L. Bell 1 9 9.0 0
K. Mumphery 1 5 5.0 0
D. Sims 1 4 4.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
A. McDonald 3 36 12.0 0
D. Engel 3 35 11.7 0
D. Crawford-Tufts 1 13 13.0 0
J. Rabe 1 7 7.0 0
K. Maye 3 4 1.3 0
D. Kirkwood 2 -3 -1.5 0