Defense holds, but Beavers fail to score in 10-0 loss to Augustana
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Defense holds, but Beavers fail to score in 10-0 loss to Augustana
BEMIDJI, Minn. (Chet Anderson Stadium) – For the first time since Nov. 8, 1997, the Bemidji State football squad failed to put points on the scoreboard. Augustana College visited Bemidji Saturday and spoiled the Beavers’ home and Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference opener with a 10-0 victory. The BSU defense was able to keep the high-powered Viking offense at bay for most of the game but a 26-yard field goal in the first quarter and a 37-yard touchdown strike in the second proved to be enough for the Augie defense that held the home team to 106 total yards of offense.  

“We lost to a good football team,” head coach Jeff Tesch said. “They have been in post season play the last two seasons and I give them a ton of credit. Our defense played extremely well to keep an offense like that to 10 points. With our special teams and offense, I don’t know if I’ve had a more frustrating day in my 15 years here, we just couldn’t get it going for one reason or another.”      

The defense gave the offense and special teams plenty of opportunities to change the game and momentum to the Beavers’ side, but penalties and big mistakes cost BSU the game. The key moment to turn things around came late in the third quarter when the ‘Gang Green’ defense thought they had held Augie to a three-and-out, leaving them on their own 17 yard line and looking at fourth and eight. Looking at good field position to start the next drive, BSU was primed to cut into the 10-0 deficit, but back-to-back offside penalties negated the opportunity and allowed the Vikings to continue their drive.

Augustana grabbed hold of the gift and marched the ball down into BSU territory. Now into the fourth quarter, Augustana was lined-up on the BSU 19 on second and four when freshman corner Chris Bellinger picked-off Augustana quarterback Josh Hanson in the end zone.

With new found energy and their backs to the wall the Beavers started the offensive drive with a 15 yard pass from senior quarterback Derek Edholm to junior wideout Cameron Abram. But the momentum pendulum was only teasing BSU and it quickly swung back in the favor of the Vikings, as Augustana sacked Edholm for a six yard loss and then intercepted his next throw down field a the Augie 32-yard line.   

Even though the wind was gusting up to 30 miles per hour off Lake Bemidji, the wind was completely out of the Beavers’ sail and the offense failed to get past midfield for the rest of the game.

Despite allowing 316 yards of total offense to Augustana, the Beavers kept the road team out of the red zone, as Augie went 1-2 and turned the ball over inside the enemy 20. Senior linebacker Andrew Eagan and sophomore corner Cory Crosby each posted 12 tackles, while Eagan had 1.5 sacks (12 lost yards) and 3.0 tackles for loss (15 lost yards).   

The Beavers now travel to Southwest Minnesota State University to battle the Mustangs in an NSIC battle at 6 p.m. on Sept. 18.

Notes:
The meeting between the two squads was just the fifth all-time and the first under Tesch, with Augustana now owning a 4-1 advantage...Edholm ended a streak of 10 consecutive games with a touchdown pass...Sophomore running back Dustin Kreoeplin ended a nine game touchdown streak...The team to last shut-out the Beavers was University of Minnesota Duluth by the score of 41-0.    
 
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