Le'Veon Bell, Michigan State rally past Boise State

Le’Veon Bell ran for a career-high 210 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner with 8:12 remaining in No. 13 Michigan State’s 17-13 victory over No. 24 Boise State on Friday night. In a sloppy season opener, the Spartans turned the ball over four times and trailed 13-10 before Bell scored from 5 yards out midway through the fourth quarter. The Broncos drove to the Michigan State 42, but Joe Southwick‘s pass on fourth-and-2 was broken up. Bell and the Spartans (1-0) then ran off the final 6:32.

Boise State (0-1) was sluggish in its first game after losing standouts Kellen Moore and Doug Martin from last season’s explosive offense. The Broncos’ only touchdown came on Jeremy Ioane‘s 43-yard interception return in the second quarter.

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Bell became Michigan State’s undisputed top running back when Edwin Baker left to enter the NFL draft after last season. His workload certainly increased Friday. His 44 carries more than doubled his previous career high of 20, and the junior also set career marks with six receptions for 55 yards.

The Spartans outgained Boise State 461 yards to 206.

Michigan leaned on Bell, especially after new starting quarterback Andrew Maxwell threw three first-half interceptions. Maxwell finished 22 of 38 for 248 yards.

Joe Southwick, replacing Moore at quarterback for Boise State, went 15 of 31 for 169 yards with an interception.

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aroznowski on 9/1/2012 @ 7:24pm EDT Said:

This game was a perfect example of why I didn’t pick Michigan State to win the conference championship. Le’Veon Bell was great. He pretty much was Michigan State’s offense. As long as he stays healthy, he will probably end the season as the conference’s best running back and possibly a Heisman Trophy finalist. Michigan State’s defense was great. It kept the Spartans in the game and really disrupted Boise State’s offense. However, Andrew Maxwell and the inexperienced receiving corps really scare me. I hope that they improve and want to see them do well, but it is going to have to happen fast. Thus far, Ohio State and Nebraska have been the two most impressive Big Ten teams by far, and Bell, Braxton Miller, and Taylor Martinez should all share the conference’s offensive player of the week award.