September 08, 20121st2nd3rd4thFinal
Bemidji State037010
Minnesota State1777738
Scoring
1st Quarter
MSUTD10:25Wolf 4 Yd Run (Brockshus kick)
MSUFG06:36Brockshus 42 Yd
MSUTD02:47Wolf 1 Yd Run (Brockshus kick)
2nd Quarter
BSUFG09:55Pulkinen 27 Yd
MSUTD05:10Thomas 1 Yd Run (Brockshus kick)
3rd Quarter
BSUTD08:52Henningson 10 Yd Run (Pulkinen kick)
MSUTD07:37Wolf 47 Yd Run (Brockshus kick)
4th Quarter
MSUTD08:15Thielen 16 Yd Pass From Wolf (Brockshus kick)
Stats at a GlanceBSUMSU
1st Downs1712
3rd Down Conversions2-124-12
4th Down Conversions0-20-0
Passing (Comp-Att)131 (10-24) 84 (5-12)
Rushing (Att)145 (41) 239 (45)
Total Yards276323
Penalties4-2614-124
Turnovers50
Fumbles Lost50
Interceptions00
Possession26:5329:53
First half fumbles foil Beavers in 38-10 loss at Minnesota State
Saturday, September 8, 2012
First half fumbles foil Beavers in 38-10 loss at Minnesota State

MANKATO, Minn. (Blakeslee Stadium) — Five first half and six total fumbles by the Bemidji State University football team led to a 38-10 loss at Minnesota State University, Mankato Saturday in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference road game at Blakeslee Stadium. Five of those fumbles were lost and three set-up 24 points for the Mavericks.

“Things did not go well early,” said head coach Jeff Tesch. “I never thought I would see us perform that way, but for some reason we did. It goes back to Thursday. We had a poor practice and poor preparations.”

Fumbles on the first two drives of the game by the Beavers resulted in a 10-0 deficit just half way through the first frame. The first fumble came off the hands of senior quarterback Lance Rongstad (Eleva, Wis.), as he attempted to roll out to his left and throw a pass and was blind sided and the ball came out. The second fumble came at about midfield, as senior tight end Troy Dale (Portland, N.D.) caught what would have been a first down, but as he was going down the ball came out and set-up a MSU field goal.   

A poor pitch pass by Rongstad resulted in the third first quarter fumble and set-up the Mavericks at the BSU six-yard line. Two plays later the MSU quarterback leaped over the line and crossed the plane to open a 17-0 lead.

The Beavers got the wind in the second quarter and used it on their first wind-aided drive to go 12 plays and 71 yards to convert on a 27-yard field goal by junior Zach Pulkinen (P/K, Minot, N.D.) to get on the scoreboard and trail 17-3.

The Mavericks came back and put together a 60-yard touchdown drive after starting at the MSU 40 when the Pulkinen kickoff went out-of-bounds. The drive was capped when MSU QB Jon Wolf fumbled at the BSU one-yard-line, but was recovered by the Mavericks’ running back and the score went to 24-3.

Before the final second ticked off the first half clock, the Beavers were able to get down to the Maverick four yard line, set-up by a 26-yard strike from Rongstad to Dale up the middle and an MSU pass interference call when the Beavers were facing a third and 16. Down to the four, BSU was stuffed on third down and looking to cut the deficit, went for it on fourth, but Rongstad was flushed from the pocket and was stripped of the ball at the MSU three and the Mavericks recovered to own the 24-3 halftime lead.

The Mavericks faced the wind in the third quarter and the BSU Gang Green defense used it as a 12th-man and held MSU in the first two possessions, forcing the Mavericks to punt into the wind on the second drive and set-up the Beavers at the home team’s 25. Three plays later, Rongstad handed off to senior wide receiver Jody Henningson (North Aurora, Ill.) on a reverse and he rushing 10 yards to the goal line, leaping and flipping into the end zone for a touchdown. The good extra point got the Beavers to tail 24-10.

“Jody was an all-conference type performer before he got hurt and before he missed last year, so we needed to get him on the field. When he did, he showed his abilities.”

But on the next Maverick drive, MSU used the ground game to go 75 yards to the end zone, capped by a Wolf 47-yard touchdown run. The score gave the Mavericks back the three-score lead at 31-10.

The sixth fumble by BSU of the day handed the Mavericks the ball at midfield and the home team marched 50 yards to the end zone for the 38-10 lead and victory.

BSU had 276 yards of offense to MSU’s 323. Senior linebacker Cory Crosby (Cold Spring, Minn.) led all players with 12 tackles (six solo).

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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).

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