Gophers Unable to Silence Bell in Loss

Gophers Unable to Silence Bell in Loss

MINNEAPOLIS – Although the Gophers were able to shut down the Michigan State passing attack they couldn't control running back Le'Veon Bell who racked up 266 yards and a touchdown en route to a 26-10 victory.

It didn't take long for the 6-foot-2, 244-pound junior to get started as he rumbled his way for 86 yards in the first quarter. He continued his dominance throughout the game, totaling 266 yards and averaging an amazing 7.6 yards per carry.

"It was the best game I think I've seen him play," said Spartan quarterback Andrew Maxwell. "He did everything that was asked of him. What we asked him to do was really carry the ball and pound the rock and take some time off the clock. He got the hot hand and the offensive line was physically dominant up front."

Minnesota's defense has struggled against premier running backs all season and Saturday was no different.

"He was a heck of a player," said defensive end D.L. Wilhite of Bell. "Sometimes we struggled to get him down. At the end of the day, we have to wrap up better going forward. I think he is definitely one of the best backs we saw all year."

Michael Carter was also impressed with Bell's physicality.

"He's like a machine," said Carter succinctly.

Despite the amazing performance by Bell, much of the postgame talk was about the health of Jerry Kill who left the game at halftime following an epileptic seizure.

"He's doing alright," said defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys. "He's still at [TCF Bank Stadium] and he'll be fine. It is what it is, but it isn't anything major, he's fine."

Athletic Director Norwood Teague also gave assurance that Kill was healthy with normal vital signs and would not need to be hospitalized. Having dealt with this before, Teague was aware of how to handle the situation.

"You don't want to say it's not that big of a deal, but in a way, it's easy to deal with in a lot of ways," said Teague.

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