Broncos Drop Opener at No. 13 Michigan State, 13-17
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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - No. 22 Boise State forced four turnovers but failed to score an offensive touchdown and saw its fourth-quarter lead slip away in a 17-13 loss at No. 13 Michigan State, Friday night.
The Broncos (0-1) held a 13-10 advantage before Spartans running back Le'Veon Bell scored from five yards out with 8:12 to play for his second touchdown of the night. Boise State drove to the Michigan State 42, but Joe Southwick's pass on fourth-and-2 was broken up.
The Spartans (1-0) then ran off the final 6:32 during a 13-play drive that included nine runs by Bell to finish his 44-carry, 210-yard rushing night. He also caught six passes for 55 yards.
Southwick was 15-of-31 for 169 yards in his first-career start. His top target was junior Kirby Moore who hauled in six catches for 52 yards. Southwick was also the Broncos' leading rusher with 18 yards.
The Broncos' only touchdown came on Jeremy Ioane's 43-yard interception return in the second quarter. The ensuing point-after try tied the game at 10 with 8:53 to play before halftime.
Boise State's defense forced a three-and-out and used a 17-yard Chris Potter punt return plus a Michigan State personal foul to set up a short field. Southwick and Matt Miller connected on a 40-yard reception to overcome a 15-yard illegal block penalty and put the Broncos in field-goal range.
Michael Frisina capped the drive by converting a 19-yard kick for a 13-10 lead and his second field goal of the game. Frisina booted a 23-yard field goal in the first quarter to get the Broncos on the scoreboard for the first time in 2012, and cut the Spartans' lead to 7-3. The first scoring drive was set up by Jamar Taylor's fourth-career interception and 26-yard return.
Michigan State answered with a 50-yard field goal on its next drive to take a 10-3 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter belonged to Boise State. The Broncos outscored the Spartans 10-0 in the period to take a lead into the locker room. Boise State also put together its most sustained drive of the game spanning the first and second quarters, but came up empty. A 12-play, 68-yard march lasting 5:26 put the Broncos at the Michigan State nine-yard line, but Southwick's third-down pass was deflected by Isaiah Lewis and intercepted by fellow defensive back RJ Williamson, who was on his back in the end zone.
The Spartans quickly returned the favor when Maxwell's screen pass bounced off intended receiver Larry Caper right to Ioane, who returned the interception for a touchdown.
Lee Hightower intercepted a pass near the Bronco goal line with in the waning seconds of the first half to secure the lead at the break.
The Broncos benefited from more Michigan State miscues in the third quarter, but failed to move the ball on offense. The Spartans missed a field goal on their first drive of the second half. Boise State defensive back Bryan Douglas forced a fumble to end the home team's next drive.
The Bronco offense stalled as well in the third period, gaining just 40 yards and punting twice. Neither team added a score in the third as the Broncos held onto their 13-10 advantage into the fourth.
Michigan State started the scoring with a 12-play, 60-yard touchdown drive on its first possession of the game.
Tommy Smith led the Bronco defense with 12 tackles. Mike Atkinson was also in on double-figure stops with 10 tackles.
Boise State failed to score an offensive touchdown for the first time since a 58-0 loss against Washington State in 1997.
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