Friday's Top 25 College Football Capsules
Saturday, September 1, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Le'Veon Bell ran for a career-high 210 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner with 8:12 remaining in No. 13 Michigan State's 17-13 victory over No. 24 Boise State on Friday night.
In a sloppy season opener, the Spartans turned the ball over four times and trailed 13-10 before Bell scored from 5 yards out midway through the fourth quarter. The Broncos drove to the Michigan State 42, but Joe Southwick's pass on fourth-and-2 was broken up.
Bell and the Spartans (1-0) then ran off the final 6:32.
Boise State (0-1) was sluggish in its first game after losing standouts Kellen Moore and Doug Martin from last season's explosive offense. The Broncos' only touchdown came on Jeremy Ioane's 43-yard interception return in the second quarter.
Bell's 44 carries more than doubled his previous career high of 20, and the junior also set career marks with six receptions for 55 yards.
The Spartans outgained Boise State 461 yards to 206.
No. 21 STANFORD 20, SAN JOSE ST. 17
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Jordan Williamson kicked a career-long 46-yard field goal and the go-ahead score from 20 yards as No. 21 Stanford survived its first game since Andrew Luck left.
Former backup Josh Nunes threw for 125 yards and a touchdown in his first start in place of Luck, the No. 1 overall draft pick. But the redshirt junior struggled to move the offense when it counted and it almost cost the Cardinal (1-0) dearly.
The David Fales-Blake Jurich quarterback combo gave Stanford fits until De'Leon Eskridge fumbled in Spartans (0-1) territory late in the third quarter. That set up Williamson's tiebreaking kick, giving the redshirt sophomore, who missed three field goals in a 41-38 loss to Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl, a small stroke of redemption.
Nunes finished 16 for 26 with no interceptions. Fales threw for 216 yards with one touchdown and an interception that sealed Stanford's win in the final minutes. Jurich ran for 32 yards and a score.
San Jose State outgained Stanford 288 to 280 total yards. Stanford beat San Jose State 57-3 last year and has won five straight meetings.