Spartans Run Past Western Michigan, 38-14
 
 
 
Michigan State's Keith Nichol (7) catches a pass in the end zone for a touchdown between Western Michigan's Lewis Toler (24) and Mario Armstrong (33) during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)
 
Michigan State's Keith Nichol (7) catches a pass in the end zone for a touchdown between Western Michigan's Lewis Toler (24) and Mario Armstrong (33) during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)
 
 

Sept. 4, 2010

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Freshman Le'Veon Bell rushed for 141 yards on 10 carries and scored two touchdowns to spark Michigan State past Western Michigan 38-14 in a season-opening game Saturday.

Bell's 75-yard run was the key play in a scoring drive that gave the Spartans a 21-7 lead in the second quarter. He followed it up with touchdown runs of 2 yards in the second quarter and 18 yards in the third quarter to put Michigan State ahead 35-7.

Bell became the first true freshman in Michigan State history to rush for 100 yards or more in his debut game.

Edwin Baker finished with 117 yards and two TDs on 17 carries for Michigan State.

Alex Carder, making his first start at quarterback for Western Michigan, completed 27 of 49 passes for 220 yards with two touchdown and an interception.