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EVERYBODY LOSES.....CFB.....Sa 10/31/09
Posted on: 10-31-2009

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>>caption:  JOIQUE BELL (#5) CLOSED


    In what can only be called a bizzare
game, Michigan State got out-gunned at Minnesota 42-34 Saturday night.
    Although MSU briefly took a 31-28 lead on the last play of the 3rd-Qtr, in reality
State just didn't have enough firepower to overcome a 14-0 defecit on the game's
first four plays from scrimmage.
    Playing without injured star receiver Eric Decker didn't hamper Golden Gophers
QBack Adam Weber (Decker's roommate), who completed 19-of-31 passes for a
career-high of 416-yards and five touchdowns.
    Weber connected with Duane Bennett on a 62-yard TD bomb along the left
sideline on the game's first offensive play. After MSU's Edwin Baker fumbled the
ensuing kickoff, Weber and Minnesota took just three plays to reach the end zone
again on a 37-yard TD toss to Brandon Green in the right corner.
    Bennett would score three times, adding a 1-yard run and on the clinching 59-yard
play with 6:04 remaining where the ball popped up from primary receiver Nick Tow-
Arnett and into Bennett's arms to complete the video-confirmed score.
    Weber also connected with Tow-Arnett on a pair of short, 7 & 2-yard scores.
    Keshawn Martin kept State in the game with a pair of long 3rd-Qtr touchdowns.
Martin went 93-yards on the opening kickoff of the 2nd-H. He also sprinted 84-yards
on an end-around.
    Spartan QBack Kirk Cousins was under pressure often and went 21-for-35 for
236-yards with one interception and a lost fumble. Cousins found T-Ends Brian Linthicum
for a 26-yard touchdown and Dion Sims on an 11-yard TD. Sims' touchdown put State
ahead for the only time in the game at 31-28 entering the final frame. Minnesota
answered with a 6-play/73-yard drive and Tow-Arnett's second TD.
    MSU kicker Brett Swenson had two field goals of 20-yards each.        
    The Gophers defense took leading Spaertan receiver Blair White out of the
game, limiting White to four grabs for only 36-yards.
    The sloppy contest saw Minnesota commit a school record 17 penalties for 157-
yards and State get flagged nine times to tie a season-high for 73-yards.
    MSU FS Danny Fortener and RB Larry Caper both left the game with head injuries.
    Both teams entered the contest 4-4 overall, so the Golden Gophers go above
and the Spartans below the .500-mark. Both are now 3-3 in Big Ten play.


    Illinois dominated Michigan on both sides of the line of scrimmage and the
Illini rocked the Wolverines 38-13 Saturday.
    After the Illinois defense stopped UM on the opening drive of the 2nd-H
four straight times for no gain from the 1-yard line (Carlos Brown three times
and Brandon Minor on 4th down), the Illini turned it around to go 99-yards in
six plays to take the lead for good. With 8:58 to play in the 3rd-Qtr Mikel
LeShoure's 70-yard touchdown run plus the PAT put Illinois up 14-13.  
    Five different Illini scored touchdowns including QBack Juice Williams who ran
for one and passed for another, both 3rd-Qtr short yardage TDs that followed the
LeShoure's score that gave the Illini their second lead of the game. Jason Ford
capped the Illinois scoring on a 79-yard touchdown rush with just 1:45 to go in the
    Brown scored Michigan's only TD on a 2-yard rush late in the 1st-Qtr to tie the
game 7-all. Jason Olesnavage booted UM field goals of 29 & 42-yards in the 2nd-
Qtr for a 13-7 Michigan halftime margin.
    Michigan had a pair of 3rd-Qtr three-and-outs following LeShoure's game-changing
TD scamper. The Illini rolled up a season-high of 500-even offensive yards while their
defense forced three Michigan turnovers.      
    Courtesy of his long touchdown, LeShoure led all gainers in the game with 150-
yards on 21 carries.
    llinois hadn't beaten a Bowl Subdivision foe all year until Saturday's win made
them 2-6 overall and 1-5 in the Big Ten. Michigan fell to 1-4 in the B10 and 5-4


    Wayne State led 14-13 with 3:48 left in the 1st-Qtr, but the visitors dominated
the remainder of the opening half and Northwood rolled to a 38-24 win Saturday
afternoon on WSU's "Senior Day" in Detroit.
    Northwood's Jarrett Beavers raced 65-yards for a touchdown just 43-sec after
Wayne had taken its only lead of the day.  Six different Timberwolves scored TDs
as Northwood took a 38-14 halftime lead before cruising to the finish. While NU
scored five times on the ground, their leading rusher didn't cross the goalline.
Still, Anthony Brandon carried 18 times for 107-yards.
    In his home finale, Joique Bell had 314 of WSU's 454 total offensive yards on
33 carries including all three Warrior touchdowns of 48, 2 and 3-yards.
   The 314 rushing yards was the second-most in a game for Bell (318 vs. Mercyhurst
on Sept. 16, 2006). Bell moved from ninth in all-time NCAA Division II rushing to sixth.
His career total of 6,654 ranks eighth in NCAA history (all divisions). Bell moved into
sixth place in all-time NCAA history with 564 points, which ranks fifth among Division
II players. Bell went from 12th to seventh place in all-time NCAA Division II all-purpose
yards (and from 22nd to 14th in NCAA history - all divisions) with 7,905 yards.
    NU improved to 6-3 both overall and in the GLIAC. Wayne State is 6-4 and 5-4.



    Central Michigan's seven game winning streak came to a halt in a 31-10 non-
conference loss at Boston College Saturday.  
    Leading 7-3 at the half, BC broke the game open by out-scoring the Chippewas
17-0 in the 3rd-Qtr.
    Montel Harris ran 27 times for 136-yards and a pair of 3-yard Eagles touchdowns.
Former walk-on kicker Steve Aponavicius became BC's all-time leading scorer (267
total points) via an 18-yard field goal and four extra points.
    Andrew Aguila's 34-yard 1st-Qtr field goal gave CMU an early 3-0 lead. However,
the Chips' only other score was Ryan Radliff's 11-yard touchdown run with just 35-sec
to play.
    BC became bowl eligible for a 10th consecutive season with the win that put the
Eagles at 6-3 overall. Already bowl eligible Central Michigan is now 7-2.

    Eastern Michigan remained winless, getting trampled 63-27 Saturday night at
Arkansas in non-con action. The Razorbacks scored 21-P in each of the first three
quarters before taking it easy in the 4th-Qtr. Former Michigan Wolverine QBack
Ryan Mallett went 14-for-16 for 249-yards and three touchdowns as he toyed with
the Eagles defense, which had entered the game ranked #1 in the nation against
the pass. Arkansas out-gained EMU 390-to-39 in the 1st-H to delight a Homecoming
audience. Eastern didn't get a first down until their second possession of the 3rd-Qtr.
Eagles QBack Kyle McMahon was 10-of-19 for 224-yards and three touchdowns.    
Arkansas evened its record at 4-4 and EMU fell to 0-8.
      Western Michigan lost at Kent State 26-14 Saturday afternoon. The Broncos
briefly went ahead 7-3 with 11:22 left in the 2nd-Qtr on the first of Tim Hiller's
touchdown passes, a 2-yarder to Ansel Ponder. However, the next three scores
went to Kent including two TD passes of 34 & 19-yards from Spencer Keith to
Tyshon Goode that built a 20-7 Kent State bulge entering the 4th-Qtr. The Golden
Flashes improved to 5-4 overall and 4-1 in the MAC. WMU is now 4-5 and 3-3.


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