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Michigan State's Game Against Boise State Sets Friday Night Ratings Record For ESPN

The Michigan State Spartans' win over the Boise State Broncos was the most watched Friday night college football telecast, according to ESPN Research. The broadcast reached 4.2 million viewers per minute. More on the game after the jump.

Michigan State managed more than double the offensive yards that Boise State did, but they were only able to pull ahead midway through the fourth quarter. Junior running back Le'Veon Bell was a huge part of the victory, racking up 210 yards on 44 carries, with two touchdowns. The Spartans needed to lean on him after junior quarterback Andrew Maxwell struggled. He threw three interceptions in the first half, turnovers that kept the Spartans from pulling away even as they racked up the offense. They gave the ball away four times in total, but thanks to Bell and the defense coming up big when it counted, the Spartans pulled out the victory.

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