By Brian Murphy
Senior starting long snapper Chris Roberson was among four players suspended for Friday night's season opener at Michigan State, Boise State announced before the game.
Roberson, No. 3 quarterback Jimmy Laughrea and reserve wide receiver Dallas Burroughs served one-game suspensions for unspecified team-rules violations.
Redshirt freshman Jay Ajayi, the No. 3 tailback, missed the game as a result of his suspension for the MAACO Bowl, a game he wouldn’t have played in anyway. Ajayi pleaded guilty to misdemeanor petit theft in December. He can return for the next game.
Walk-on transfer Kevin Keane from Ohio Wesleyan will snap tonight. Roberson is a three-year starter at long snapper.
• Ten true freshmen made the trip to Michigan State: quarterback Nick Patti, wide receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes, cornerback Chaz Anderson, punter Sean Wale, tailback Jack Fields, safety Chanceller James, cornerback Donte Deayon, linebacker Tyler Gray, defensive lineman Armand Nance, tight end Hayden Plinke.
Williams-Rhodes, Fields, Gray and Plinke are expected to play. James is on the bubble. The rest are expected to redshirt.
• In pregame warm-ups, the starting defensive ends were Beau Martin and Demarcus Lawrence. Bryan Douglas was at cornerback instead of Jerrell Gavins with the No. 1 defense in pregame warm-ups.
MSU — Le’Veon Bell 1 run (Dan Conroy kick), 7:47. Key play: Bell received the ball on nine of the 12 plays, including a 23-yard run on which he hurdled safety Jeremy Ioane in the open field. Drive: 12 plays, 60 yards, 6:18. Michigan State 7, Boise State 0
BSU — Michael Frisina 23 field goal, 4:39. Key play: Michigan State wide receiver Tony Lippett bobbled a pass over the middle and Boise State cornerback Jamar Taylor swiped the ball. The return set up the Broncos on the Spartans’ 22-yard line. Drive: 5 plays, 16 yards, 1:46. Michigan State 7, Boise State 3
MSU — Conroy 50 field goal, 1:39. Key play: Bell jumped and spun his way to a 12-yard gain to get within Conroy’s range. Drive: 10 plays, 41 yards, 3:55. Michigan State 10, Boise State 3
BSU — Jeremy Ioane 43 interception return (Frisina kick), 8:53. Michigan State 10, Boise State 10
BSU — Frisina 19 field goal, 4:23. Key play: Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick hit wide receiver Matt Miller on a 40-yard throw down the sideline to convert second-and-24. However, the Broncos couldn’t capitalize on first-and-goal at the 4. Drive: 6 plays, 28 yards, 2:01. Boise State 13, Michigan State 10
MSU — Bell 5 run (Conroy kick), 8:12. Key play: Tight end Dion Sims made a leaping catch for 18 yards on third-and-6 to get the Spartans inside the 10. Drive: 9 plays, 56 yards, 4:28. Michigan State 17, Boise State 13
Early Friday post
Former Boise State wide receiver Titus Young, now with the Detroit Lions, picked the No. 24 Broncos to win Friday night's season opener against No. 13 Michigan State. Earlier this week, Young picked the Broncos, telling reporters they could "quote" him.
"I already made my prediction. I’m going with the Broncos. I know we’re prepared. There’s no team that’s going to out prepare us and there’s no team that’s going to out work us," Young said. "I know it’s a deep statement. All of those workouts I went through at Boise State, I can definitely attest to it. I’m going with those Broncos for sure."
Young, who turned 23 in August, is entering his second season with Detroit. Young did not play in the Lions' preseason finale against Buffalo on Thursday night.
He plans to attend Friday night's game at Michigan State. Young said he got sideline passes from Chris Petersen for the game. Former Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore, who also plays for the Lions, is also expected to be at the game.
"I don’t have any personal relationships with anybody," Young said of the current Boise State team. "I hit (new quarterback) Joe Southwick up on Facebook the other day and said, 'Hey, you better be ready. I made a big statement, you got to back me up here.' "
Bronco Blitz links
• It's not too late to enter our Name the Score contest. Click here to enter your guess and win a pizza from Chicago Connection.
• I answered some questions about Boise State for the Detroit Free Press. Check it out here. I got to include my favorite Kellen Moore-related Boise State stat: The Broncos have not trailed by more than seven points in any game in the last four seasons.
• Another question-and-answer session with a Michigan newspaper. This one was done by Bronco Beat writer Chadd Cripe and Dave Southorn of the Idaho Press Tribune.
• A feature
on new Michigan State quarterback Andrew Maxwell, who is replacing NFL draftee Kirk Cousins.
• It is only the 12th night game at Spartan Stadium. Those games have created
"magical moments," writes the Lansing Journal.
• Chadd did a fantastic profile of new Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick, including insight from his dad, his high school coach and quarterback guru. Southwick comes from a long line of stellar athletes.
• I wrote about the Broncos' offensive line and its battle against Michigan State's talented defensive front. I think it is the key to the game.
• Boise State has won some high-profile openers in recent years, but Chris Petersen said this might be the toughest one yet.
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