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In case you missed it Friday night, Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell put on quite the performance against Boise State. The junior star had his “Heisman Moment,” one could argue, touching the ball 50 times and totaling 265 yards and two touchdowns in the Spartans’ 17-13 comeback win at Spartan Stadium. Bell on his big night: “I had no idea how many carries or yards I had. It was the most I’ve had in my collegiate career,” he told The AP. “But I’ve still got a lot of things to work on to get better.” That’s a scary thought for Big Ten defenses. Read more about Bell’s big night in this post.
BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart weighs in with his snap reactions from Michigan State’s 17-13 comeback victory over Boise State in Friday night’s season opener at Spartan Stadium. See all his thoughts in this post. And don’t forget about Saturday’s slate of 10 Big Ten games. BTN/BTN2Go will air four games, starting with Ohio State vs. Miami (OH) at noon ET. You can track all the action on our BTN.com scoreboard.
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.
Friday night’s game between Michigan State and Boise State featured its share of Did You See This? moments. None, perhaps, were bigger than the couple of unforgettable plays from the first quarter. The first one occurred when Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard and a Boise State receiver accidentally knocked down a trio of Bronco cheerleaders on the sideline following an incomplete pass that took the players outside the white lines. It was a lot like a game of Dominoes, and we’re happy to report no one was hurt in the process.
Michigan State captured the lead in the fourth quarter and hung on for the 17-13 win over Boise State on Friday night at Spartan Stadium. With 8:12 to go, Le’Veon Bell turned a handoff into a five-yard touchdown to give the Spartans the lead, 17-13. Michigan State held the Broncos to 27 total yards in the quarter. Bell’s five-yard touchdown run gave the Spartans the lead for good, 17-13, after a nine-play, 56-yard drive.
Boise State and Michigan State combined for zero points and one turnover in an ugly third quarter, and Boise State continues to lead 13-10 entering the fourth quarter. Michigan State has the ball at the Broncos’ 45-yard line to begin the final 15 minutes. Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell continues to put the Spartans on his back, with 151 rushing yards and 45 receiving yards. Bell’s touched the ball 36 times, including 31 carries.
In the second quarter, Le’Veon Bell continued to be a workhorse, running for 50 yards and catching three balls for 21 yards. Despite Bell’s efforts, the Spartans have fallen behind Boise State, 13-10. The Broncos are currently on a 10-point run. Boise State made the score 10-10 when Jeremy Ioane intercepted a Andrew Maxwell pass and returned it for a touchdown.
No. 13 Michigan State’s Le’Veon Bell ran for 57 yards and one touchdown in the first quarter, and the Spartans lead 10-3 after 15 minutes. Michigan State scored when Bell ran one yard to paydirt to cap off a 12-play, 60-yard drive, giving the Spartans the game’s first score. A 17-yard drive that ended when Michael Frisina made a 23-yard field goal helped No. 22 Boise State narrow the deficit to 7-3. The Broncos started in good field position at Michigan State’s 23-yard line when Jamar Taylor intercepted Andrew Maxwell’s pass.
Whether it was the result of the new scoreboards, the high expectations, the night game or the quality opponent, Spartan Stadium welcomed 78,709 fans Friday night, its highest attendance for a home opener since 1990 (80,401 vs Notre Dame).
In a great non-conference matchup of ranked opponents, Michigan State hosts Boise State on Friday night. Let’s take a look at some quick notes. This year at BTN.com our editors are rolling out something a little different when it comes to game coverage where we create a new post for each quarter of every football game. For this Minnesota game, those posts will live in the Michigan State vs. Boise State section and that page will be updated after each quarter.
This is the first edition of a new weekly post where I will look at one key question for each team in a piece called: 12 Teams, 12 Questions. I’ll roll these out every Tuesday and look forward to hearing what you think about your team and your team’s games.