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Bell breaks record as Indiana St. tops Drake

September 16, 2012
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ( , Times-Republican

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Shakir Bell rushed for a school-record 349 yards and two touchdowns as Indiana State defeated the Drake football team 27-10 Saturday.

Bell, who led the nation in rushing last season, broke off a 60-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter to break a 10-10 tie, and added a 48-yard score with 2:56 left in the period for the Sycamores (2-1).

Bell held the school's previous single-game rushing record of 256 yards set last year against Youngstown State. He now has 610 yards rushing in three games this season.

"That back (Bell) is special and we knew it," Drake head coach Chris Creighton said. "Those guys played hard and are a great football team."

Mike Piatkowski completed 31 of 53 passes for 329 yards and a touchdown for Drake (1-2). His 7-yard pass to Nick Rosa in the first quarter gave the Bulldogs a 10-7 lead.

Piatkowski needs just 30 more yards to become Drake's all-time leader in passing.

The Bulldogs were limited to 43 yards rushing on 26 carries. Tailback Gary Scott had five catches for a team-high 83 yards, while Rosa finished with five grabs for 60 yards.

Drake plays its Pioneer Football League opener next Saturday at home against Morehead State.



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