The Boise State football program has made its name beating big-time opponents.
Le’Veon Bell made sure Michigan State didn’t become the Broncos’ 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 – 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 Frisina’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 Bell’s fourth-quarter touchdown.