Michigan State running back Le'Veon Bell was the entire offense - like, literally, all the offense in the entire game - rushing for 210 yards and two touchdowns on 44 carries to carry No. 13 Michigan State to the 17-13 win over No. 24 Boise State.
The Bronco defense was the bright spot for BSU, forcing four turnovers including a pick-six by Jeremy Ioane for the team's only touchdown of the night.
Thanks to the effort of the defense, the Broncos led 13-10 midway through the fourth quarter. But Bell's second touchdown of the night, capping a Bell-heavy 56-yard drive, gave the Spartans the lead, and his rumbling on MSU's six-minute final drive kept the ball away from the Broncos to seal the win.
More analysis to come. In the meantime, commisserate in the comments.
Congrats, Michigan State. Now go win the Big Ten and make us look good by comparison.
- Boxscore - ESPN
It was over when ...
Michigan State got the ball back with six minutes left and fed the ball to Le'Veon Bell over and over and over again. Andrew Maxwell had a couple key, short 3rd down completions, and the Broncos never saw the ball again.
At first glance
The Boise State offense is terrible!
At second glance
The Boise State offense looked bad, but grab some perspective and remember that they were playing one of the best defenses in the United States of America. The offense will look significantly better against Miami (OH) and the dregs of the Mountain West, but tonight? Yeah, it wasn't great. Most every team in the country will say the same thing about their offense after playing Michigan State.
At third glance
Hey, the Boise State defense played really well!
I mean, Andrew Maxwell and stone-handed receivers helped, but the Bronco defense stood tall against an O-line and running back that had a distinct size/strength/girth advantage.
What did you think of the Boise State loss? Is the sky falling? Are there slivers of light? Share your thoughts in the comments.