TCU rung by Bell in sec­ond half

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - Byjohn Mar­shall

TEMPE, Ariz. — Texas Chris­tian dom­i­nated Michi­gan State’s of­fense in the first half by bot­tling up Le’Veon Bell. Once the Spar­tans’ bruis­ing run­ning back got go­ing, the Horned Frogs had no way of stop­ping him.

Bell ran for 107 of his 145 yards in the sec­ond half and helped set up Dan Con­roy for a 47-yard field goal with 1:01 left, send­ing TCU to a 17-16 loss to Michi­gan State in the Buf­falo Wild Wings Bowl late Satur­day night.

“They had 227 yards of of­fense and the guy ran for 145,” TCU coach Gary Pat­ter­son said. “You have to give him credit.”

TCU (7-6) shut down Michi­gan State’s of­fense in the first half by stuff­ing Bell and did just enough when it had the ball to build a 13-point half­time lead.

In the sec­ond half, the Horned Frogs couldn’t get any­thing go­ing against the Spar­tans’ de­fense — 84 to­tal yards — and lead­ing the Spar­tans on the long­est drive in their bowl his­tory in the third quar­ter, a 90-yard march that set up fresh­man Connor Cook’s 15-yard touch­down pass to Aaron Bur­bridge.

Michi­gan State then re­cov­ered a muffed punt by TCU’s Skye Daw­son at the 4-yard line mid­way through the fourth quar­ter and Bell scored two plays later by rac­ing around left end for a 14-13 lead.

TCU (7-6) still had a lit­tle life af­ter blow­ing the half­time lead, mov­ing just far enough to set up Jaden Oberkrom for the long­est field goal in the bowl’s his­tory, a 53-yarder that put the Horned Frogs up 16-14 with 2:42 left.

They left Michi­gan State just a lit­tle too much time.

Start­ing at their own 25, the Spar­tans moved 45 yards in eight plays, set­ting up Con­roy for his sec­ond game-win­ner in a bowl, af­ter beat­ing Ge­or­gia with a 28-yarder in the third over­time of the 2012 Out­back Bowl.

TCU’s Trevone Boykin scram­bles Satur­day dur­ing the first half to evade Michi­gan State’s Max Bullough at the Buf­falo Wild Wings Bowl.

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