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Story of a season

Even as the Spartans struggled, Bell dazzled fans with his highlight plays on the field.

November 29, 2012
	<p>Junior running back Le&#8217;Veon Bell jumps into the end zone, leaving would-be Minnesota tacklers in his wake, on an 8-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter at <span class="caps">TCF</span> Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. <span class="caps">MSU</span> won, 26-10, as Bell rushed for a career-high 266 yards on 35 carries on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. Martin Levison/Minneapolis Star Tribune/MCT</p>

Junior running back Le’Veon Bell jumps into the end zone, leaving would-be Minnesota tacklers in his wake, on an 8-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. MSU won, 26-10, as Bell rushed for a career-high 266 yards on 35 carries on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. Martin Levison/Minneapolis Star Tribune/MCT

Photo by Marlin Levison | The State News

Boise State
Aug. 31
Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, Mich.
Before a national audience in the first game of the season, Bell established himself as the Spartans’ main offensive threat, carrying the ball a 2012 NCAA single game-high 44 times for 210 yards and MSU’s only two touchdowns. Bell’s signature moment of the season came early when three minutes into the game, he took the handoff, cut left and bolted up the middle of the field before he skyed over a Bronco defender for a 23-yard gain.

Nebraska
Nov. 3
Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, Mich.
Although the Spartans didn’t pull out a win over the Cornhuskers, it was through no fault of Bell, who ran for 188 yards and two scores on 36 carries. Bell also ripped runs of 40, 26 and 23 in a losing effort.

Minnesota
Nov. 24
TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minn.
In the game that eventually would clinch MSU a postseason berth, Bell went off in Minneapolis for a career-high 266 rushing yards and one touchdown on 35 carries. The performance netted Bell his third Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors, and just two days later, he was named first-team All Big Ten by both the media and coaches.

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