The Boise St. Broncos kicked off the 2012 season with a 17-13 loss to Michigan State on Friday, as the post-Kellen Moore era begins. Needless to say, there's plenty of reaction among Broncos fans to the loss.
We learned that the Bronco defense will be the strength of this team.
Going into the season, we thought maybe the offensive line or the wide receivers were the backbone of the Broncos, but it appears that the backbone is going to be the defense -- tough, aggressive, opportunistic, and defiant. If Boise State can withstand an onslaught of Michigan State caliber and only allow 17 points, then the rest of the BSU schedule is going to seem like scrimmage. I'm one for getting my bold predictions really wrong, but here's one anyway: Boise State will not lose a game this year if it scores 24 points or more.
It wasn't the cleanest of victories for the Michigan St. Spartans on Friday night, but they came away with a 17-13 victory at home against the Boise St. Broncos. Running back Le'Veon Bell led the way with 210 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 44 carries. He scored the winning touchdown with 8:12 left in the game.
The Broncos and the Spartans each started a new quarterback this season, but neither was able to distinguish himself. Joe Southwick replaced Kellen Moore for Boise State and was 15-of-31 for169 yards and an interception in his first start. Andrew Maxwell took over for Kirk Cousins, a fourth-round pick in April, and completed 22 of his 38 passes for 248 yards but threw three interceptions.
The second quarter saw plenty of sloppy play. Southwick and Maxwell exchanged interceptions on back-to-back drives, but Maxwell's was returned by Jeremy Ioane for a 43-yard touchdown return. Michigan State had a few chances later in the second quarter, only to see Maxwell threw an interception on a deep pass to the end zone just seconds before the half ended.
Michigan State outgained Boise State in total yards, 461 to 206.
Boise State entered this game ranked No. 24 in the AP Top 25 and should now fall out of there once the latest polls are released. The Broncos play Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 15. Michigan State, No. 13, will visit the Central Michigan Chippewas on Sept. 8.
The Boise St. Broncos enter halftime with a 13-10 lead, but it was a bit sloppy with several turnovers between the teams. The turning point came when Boise State's Jeremy Ioane intercepted Andrew Maxwell at the Spartans' 43-yard line and returned it to the end zone for a touchdown. Michael Frisina connected on the field goal and added three more on a 19-yard field goal later in the quarter.
The funny thing about Maxwell's interception is that it came as a result of the Spartans gaining the ball on Joe Southwick's turnover. The Broncos threatened at Michigan State's 9-yard line, but Southwick's throw was intercepted by R.J. Williamson in the end zone.
In the waning minutes and second of the second quarter, Boise State stopped Le'Veon Bell on consecutive plays to force a turnover on downs. However, Boise State fumbled the ball several plays later, allowing Michigan State to get back into the lead before halftime. It was not to be, as Maxwell was intercepted just outside the end zone to end the half.
The Boise St. Broncos are losing to the Michigan St. Spartans, 10-3, at the conclusion of the first quarter. Spartans running back Le'Veon Bell scored on a one-yard touchdown run to finish off his team's opening drive. Kicker Dan Conroy added a 50-yard field goal with 1:39 left in the half to extend the lead to a touchdown-difference.
For Boise St., the growing pains of not having Kellen Moore showed early. Joe Southwick has struggled throwing the ball, completing just 2-of-8 passes for 24 yards. He's already had several passes batted down.
Spartan quarterback Andrew Maxwell is 5-of-9 for 48 yards and an interception. Maxwell's pass hit his receiver's hands, but it resulted in a bobbled ball, jumping into Jamar Taylor's hands. Taylor returned it 26 yards to Michigan St.'s 22-yard line, but the Broncos settled for Michael Frisina's 23-yard field goal.
Roberson, Laughrea and Burroughs have been suspended for unidentified team rules, while Ajayi was suspended for an incident at the 2011 Las Vegas MAACO Bowl, a game he would not have played since last year he used his redshirt.
This brings Boise State to five players who have been suspended for this game, the other is wide receiver Geraldo Boldewjin, who is missing four games due to receiving improper benefits from his host family who bought a plane ticket home to the Netherlands after their bowl game.