TEMPE, Ariz. Michigan State left the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl late Saturday night with two questions:
Did they lose running back LeVeon Bell?
Did they gain a quarterback?
Bell, a junior whose only decision about the NFL is when, not if, had 145 yards rushing and scored a touchdown as the Spartans reversed a season-long trend by finishing on the right end of a close game in a 17-16 over TCU in the inaugural Buffalo Wild Wings game at Sun Devil Stadium.
The Spartans (7-6) had lost five games by a total of 13 points this season, but this time they found a closer -- several of them, really, in Bell, redshirt freshman quarterback Connor Cook and senior placekicker Dan Conroy.
Conroy put the finishing touch on the victory with a 47-yard field goal with 61 seconds remaining, reprising his role as the Spartans' bowl savior -- his 28-yard field goal beat Georgia 33-30 in the third overtime of the Outback Bowl after the 2011 season.
He came up clutch for us, Bell said.
But it was Bell...