The first half has been all Michigan State — literally.
The Spartans hold a 13-7 lead over Minnesota, but the Gophers’ only score came on an interception returned 33 yards for a touchdown. It was one of two first-half interceptions thrown by Michigan State quarterback Andrew Maxwell that the Spartans have had to overcome.
Dan Conroy has two field goals — a 48-yarder and a 43-yarder — but he has a miss from 42 yards to add to Michigan State’s frustrations.
The Spartans have absolutely dominated the stat sheet, outgaining the Gophers 248-53. They have 10 first downs to three for the Gophers while Le’Veon Bell has led the rushing attack, picking up 124 yards on 12 carries.
Bell has gone over the 3,000-yard mark for his career and has eclipsed 1,500 yards for the season. He is just the seventh back in MSU history to go over the 3,000-yard mark and is the third running back to go over 1,500 in a season. Javon Ringer did it in 2008 and Lorenzo White did it in both 1985 and 1987.