For more than three quarters, Eastern Michigan was in perfect position to stun Michigan State and pull off one of the biggest upsets in Spartan Stadium history.
But Le'Veon Bell rushed for a career-high 253 yards and a touchdown to lift the No. 21 Spartans (3-1) past the winless Eagles 23-7 on Saturday.
''The issue is, at the end of the game, we're not finishing,'' Eagles coach Ron English said. ''That's the frustrating part. I thought the guys did a nice job of trying to tackle Bell. You know he's a load. But we'd just like to finish better.''
Dan Conroy kicked three field goals for Michigan State, which had failed to score a TD for more than seven quarters before Andrew Maxwell hit tight end Dion Sims on a 10-yard pass with 7:19 left.
''We need to be more consistent in what we're doing and execute better,'' Spartans coach Mark Dantonio said. ''And that's basically all around our football team. That's the message that was delivered at halftime.''
Maxwell was 16-for-29 for 159 ...