Beavers host Northern State in Lions Vision Awareness Game
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Beavers host Northern State in Lions Vision Awareness Game

Setting the Scene
Date:
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Location:
Bemidji, Minn.
Kickoff: 
1:00 p.m.
Stadium:
Chet Anderson Stadium
Stadium Capacity/Surface:
3,500/Grass
Local Radio:
92.1 WMIS The River
Play-by-play:
Brian Schultz
Analyst:
Brian Bissonette
Internet Audio:
www.wmisfm.com/ and www.beaverradionetwork.com
Local Television:
KBSU Ch. 17
Play-by-Play:
Scott Williams
Analyst:
Brett Leach
Web cast:
www.pennatlantic.com

The Game
The Bemidji State University football team (3-3; 3-3 NSIC, 2-0 NSIC North) hosts Northern State University (3-3; 3-3 NSIC, 2-0 NSIC North) Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North contest at Chet Anderson Stadium. The game will serve as the annual Lions Vision Awareness Game. The Beavers won their second straight game Oct. 6 with a 29-21 victory at University of Mary. After losing their first three games of the season, the Wolves bring a three-game win streak into Bemidji, Minn. after a 31-17 win against Minot State University Oct. 6.       

The Series
Bemidji State and Northern State have been doing battle since 1957 with the all-time series deadlocked at 17-17-1. The Beavers fell in Aberdeen, S.D. last season 14-0 after winning the previous six meetings. BSU is 10-5-1 at home against Northern State and head coach Jeff Tesch holds an 11-5 record versus the Wolves. 

The Coaches
Bemidji State: Jeff Tesch
is in his 17th season roaming the sidelines at Bemidji State. He has posted an overall record of 109-70 (.609), which includes a 84-53 (.613) mark in NSIC tilts. In 17 seasons, Tesch has established BSU standards for games coached (179), victories (109), career winning percentage (.609) and conference wins (84). He secured his 100th victory at BSU in grand fashion with a 30-27 overtime upset road victory at then-No. 16 Augustana College Sept. 10, 2011. Prior to his tenure at BSU, Tesch, a two-time NSIC Coach of the Year (1999 and 2006), spent 12 years as an assistant at North Dakota, two on the staff of Central Missouri and one season at Montana State.

Northern State: The 26th football coach in Northern State football history, Tom Dosch, is in his third year at the helm of the Wolves and 20th year of collegiate coaching. He owns a 10-18 record at NSU. Prior to his hiring, Dosch spent two seasons at Southern Illinois University and oversaw the inside linebackers and special teams. In those two seasons, SIU won the Missouri Valley Conference title twice and qualified for the NCAA Division I Championship Sub-Division (FCS) playoffs. Dosch’s teams – as a player, head or assistant coach – have won 12 conference championships and advanced to the national playoffs 14 times, including two national title games.

The Program
Bemidji State is in its 87th season of football and owns an all-time record is 326-404-24 (.448) dating back to 1926, which includes a 187-254-9 (.426) mark in NSIC play. The Beavers own five conference titles (1947, 50, 57, 59 and 2006) and count the 2006 Mineral Water Bowl as their first post-season appearance. Under the direction of Tesch, BSU has posted winning records in 13 of the last 14 years and have registered 10 consecutive winning home campaigns.

Game Quick Snap
• The Wolves are the third best rushing defense in the league, allowing 116.7 rushing yards per game.
• The Beavers improved their turnover margin by two last week at U-Mary, but still rank 15th in the league in the category with a -6 margin (-1.00 pg). Northern State ranks third in the NSIC with a +6 margin (1.00 pg) that includes 10 interceptions.
• The Wolves have three players in the top 10 in interceptions, including Logan Dosch and Marquis Mulkey, who each have three picks to tie for the second most in the league.
• BSU leads the league in fumbles lost with 13, five more than the second most lost in the league.
• The Beavers’ 13 fumbles and five interceptions total 18 turnovers that have led to 56 opponent points. BSU has also had three punts blocked that have totaled 21 points. Overall, the Beavers have allowed 125 points this season, more than half due to giveaways and blocked punts.
• NSU QB Jared Jacobson ranks fourth in the NSIC in total offense with 268.3 yards per game. BSU signal caller Lance Rongstad is fifth in the total offense with 265.8 yards per game.
• Junior punter/place kicker Zach Pulkinen is fifth in the NSIC punting average (39.2 yds/punt), Rongstad is fifth in pass efficiency (141.6 rating) and eighth in passing (225.4 yds/gm), senior return man Beau Wakefield is seventh in punt return average (6.5 yards per return), senior linebacker Cory Crosby is seventh (fifth among linebackers) in the league in tackles with 62 (28 solo), junior linebacker Buckley Wright ranks eighth in sacks with 3.5 (-24 yards) and junior cornerback Larry Miller is tied for 10th in passes defended with six.
• Senior wide receiver Justin Lee looks to surpass 1,000 career receiving yards Saturday, as he has brought in 983 career yards.

Season Long Count
• BSU has posted a winning record in 13 of the last 14 seasons under HC Jeff Tesch.
• The Beavers also have 10 consecutive winning seasons at home after going 5-1 in 2011 to tie a program record for wins at home (1985 - 5-0 and 2000 - 5-0). BSU is 2-1 in 2012.
• Tesch signed a new six-year contract extension over the summer.
• BSU was tabbed sixth overall and third in the NSIC North in the Preseason NSIC Coaches’ Poll.
• The Beavers returned 16 starters from a 2011 team that ranked in the national poll on three different occasions - including seven all-conference players.    
• The Beaver offense finished the 2011 season averaging 26.8 points per game and welcomed eight starters, including 2011 All-American and 2012 preseason All-American tight end Brian Leonhardt.
• The ‘Gang Green’ defense returned seven starters from a year ago. Anchored by preseason All-American nose guard Matthew Shaver, the BSU defense was one of the best in the conference in 2011 allowing just 16.0 points per contest to rank No. 3 in the nation.
• 2012 captains are senior quarterback Lance Rongstad and Leonhardt on the offensive side of the ball and the defensive captains are senior linebacker Cory Crosby and junior linebacker Buckley Wright.
• Leonhardt was named a preseason All-American by four publications. Senior return specialist Beau Wakefield and Shaver also earned preseason All-American laurels.
• Leonhardt owns 1,278 career receiving yards, ranking second among Bemidji State tight ends since 1971 (Bruce Ecklund, 1,542 yards, 1980-83).
• The Beavers were 4-1 in 2011 when senior Dustin Kroeplin rushed for a touchdown and are 19-2 in his career when he finds the end zone from the backfield. Through the air or on the ground, the Beavers hold a 19-3 record. BSU is 2-0 in 2012 when he scores.
• Rongstad was named NSIC Offensive Player of the Week Sept. 4 after his performance against Upper Iowa. He totaled 228 passing yards, a career-high four passing touchdowns and led the team in rushing with 58 yards.
• He was the first NSIC Offensive Player of the Week from Bemidji State since Anthony Schreiber in 2006.

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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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