Boise State, with junior redshirt Joe Southwick getting his first start, was unable to get untracked offensively and lost to Michigan State 17-13.
The loss was Boise State’s first opening-game loss in six years and the first loss to a BCS foe on opening day in four years. Michigan State’s Le’Veon Bell proved to be the biggest difference in the game, and though the Broncos held a 13-10 lead heading into the fourth quarter, a steady diet of Bell running the ball proved too much.
The Bronco defense began to wear down, and MSU quarterback Andrew Maxwell was able to connect on some big passes to keep drives moving down the field. Maxwell, held to only 96 yards passing in the first half, finished with 248 yards passing for the game. Bell carried the ball 44 times for 210 yards and two touchdowns.
Let’s take a look at the Broncos final postgame grades and evaluations.