The Boise State football program has made its name beating big-time opponents.
Leâ€™Veon Bell made sure Michigan State didnâ€™t become the Broncosâ€™ latest victim.
Bell rushed for two touchdowns and delivered the best performance of his career to lead the No. 13-ranked Spartans to a 17-13 victory over No. 24 Boise State on Friday night at Spartan Stadium.
Bell rushed for a career-high 210 yards and had two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 8:12 remaining in the fourth quarter to lift MSU.
The junior became the first Spartan tailback to eclipse the 200-yard rushing mark since Javon Ringer did on Sept. 20, 2008, against Notre Dame. He had 44 carries â€“ tied for the fourth-most in MSU history.
Bell, who also had a career-high seven catches for 65 yards, put the Spartans ahead early, scoring a 1-yard run on the opening drive.
Both teams then traded field goals with the Broncos capitalizing on an interception by Jamar Taylor to get on the board with Michael Frisinaâ€™s 23-yard field goal with 4:39 left in the opening quarter. Dan Conroy added a career-long 50-yard field goal at the 1:39 mark in the first.
Boise State scored 10 unanswered points in the second quarter to take the lead. Jeremy Ioane returned an interception 43 yards for a touchdown and Frisina added a 19-yard field goal to give the Broncos their first lead at 13-10.
That lead stood until Bellâ€™s fourth-quarter touchdown.