BTN.com staff, August 31, 2012
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.
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.