Beavers close road season at St. Cloud State
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Beavers close road season at St. Cloud State

Setting the Scene
Date: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Location: St. Cloud, Minn.
Kickoff: 1:00 p.m.
Stadium: Husky Stadium
Stadium Capacity/Surface: 4,198/OmniGrass
Local Radio: WMIS 92.1 The River   
Play-by-play: Brian Bissonette
Analyst: Mark Ricci
Internet Audio: www.wmisfm.com/ and www.beaverradionetwork.com
Local Television: none
Web cast: http://www.nmtvsports.com/

The Game
The Bemidji State University football team (4-4; 4-4 NSIC, 3-1 NSIC North) closes its 2012 road schedule at St. Cloud State University (5-3; 5-3 NSIC, 3-1 NSIC North) Oct. 27 in a 1 p.m. Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North battle at Husky Stadium in St. Cloud, Minn. The Beavers are coming off a 30-0 loss at then-No. 7 University of Minnesota Duluth Oct. 20. The Huskies had a four-game win streak snapped at Northern State University Oct. 20 in a 28-27 loss in Aberdeen, S.D.          

The Series
The Beavers have a 17-35-3 all-time record against St. Cloud State. BSU defeated the then-No. 6 Huskies last season at home 19-14, the team’s first win against SCSU since 1977 (0-7 between victories). The last five wins against St. Cloud State for the Beavers have come at home, making the last time they defeated the Huskies in St. Cloud, Minn. Oct. 2, 1965 by the score of 14-6 (0-9-1 in St. Cloud since the win). BSU is 5-18-3 all-time at St. Cloud State. Head coach Jeff Tesch is 1-3 against SCSU. More series information on page 7.

The Coaches
Bemidji State: Jeff Tesch is in his 17th season roaming the sidelines at Bemidji State. He has posted an overall record of 110-71 (.608), which includes a 85-54 (.612) mark in NSIC tilts. In 17 seasons, Tesch has established BSU standards for games coached (181), victories (110), career winning percentage (.608) and conference wins (85). 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. More Tesch on page 8.

St. Cloud State: Scott Underwood was introduced as the 12th head coach of Husky Football March 25, 2008. Prior to being named the St. Cloud State head coach, Underwood had been the defensive coordinator for the Huskies since 2001. In five seasons at the helm of the Husky football program, Underwood has compiled a 38-17 overall record, collecting the most wins of any Husky football coach in the first three complete years of their coaching tenure. In 2011, Underwood guided the Huskies to their fourth NCAA Division II football playoff appearance and in 2010 SCSU advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the second time in school history.    

The Program
Bemidji State is in its 87th season of football and owns an all-time record is 327-405-24 (.449) dating back to 1926, which includes a 188-255-9 (.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 Huskies are averaging 34.8 points per game in 2012 to sit third in the NSIC and rank No. 34 in the nation. The Beavers are allowing 20.1 points per game, which sits fourth in the league and 34th nationally.
• St. Cloud State quarterback Phillip Klaphake is fourth in the league in passing (254.8 yds/g) and first in total offense (298.4 yds/g). The Beaver defense has allowed 201.1 yards passing per game to rank fourth in the NSIC.
• SCSU running back Michael Walker ranks seventh in rushing in the league with 71.4 yards per game and has the second most touchdowns this season 12 (two receiving).
• The Beavers will pit their defense, which ranks second in the NSIC and 25th nationally, allowing 317.6 yards of offense per game against the SCSU offense that ranks sixth in the league, totaling 405.4 yards per contest.
• The Huskies defense is no slouch, in the league they rank third in total defense, passing defense and pass efficiency defense.
• SCSU has the second best (tied for 23rd nationally) turnover margin in the league with a +7 margin, while the Beavers have the second to worst margin in the NSIC with a -6 mark.
• Jack Moro, a defensive back for SCSU, has seven interceptions this season to sit first the league with a three pick cushion on second place.
• The Beavers have the best red zone defense in the NSIC, allowing their opponent to score just 62.5 percent (20-for-32) of the time. BSU has allowed 16 red zone touchdowns and four field goals, while forcing two fumbles, intercepting two passes and stopping the offense on downs on three occasions.
• St. Cloud State has the third best red zone offense, scoring 86.2 percent of the time with 23 touchdowns (12 rushing, 11 passing) and two field goals (2-for-4). The Huskies haven’t fumbled or thrown an interception in the red zone this season.
• SCSU is converting on 44.9 percent (53-of-118) of its third downs to rank third in the league, while the BSU defense ranks first in least opponent third down conversions, allowing a first down just 31.1 percent of the time (33-of-106).
• The Huskies have allowed the most sacks in the NSIC with 31, resulting in a loss of 188 yards.
• SCSU’s Chad Peterson leads the league in punt return average with 16.0 yards per game.

Season Long Count
• The Beavers rank 15th in the league in turnover margin with a -6 mark (-0.75 pg).
• BSU leads the league in fumbles lost with 15, four more than the second most lost in the league.
• The Beavers’ 15 fumbles and eight interceptions total 23 turnovers that have led to 71 opponent points. BSU has also had three punts blocked that have totaled 21 points. Overall, the Beavers have allowed 161 points this season, more than half due to giveaways and blocked punts (92 points).
• The Beavers have turned 26 first downs and 417 yards into 21 points on their first drive of the game. In its first drive of the second half, BSU has totaled eight first downs for 127 points and zero points.
• No surprise, the Beavers have scored 95 points in the first half and 49 in the second half.
• Senior tight end Brian Leonhardt owns 1,299 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 20-2 in his career when he finds the end zone from the backfield. Through the air or on the ground, the Beavers hold a 20-3 record. BSU is 3-0 in 2012 when he scores.
• Senior wide receiver Justin Lee went over the 1,000 career receiving yards plateau Oct. 20 at Minnesota Duluth, he now has 1,070 career receiving yards. He has six 70+ receiving games this season - currently four in a row -, including a career-high 122 against Wayne State Sept. 15.
• Senior Lance 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.
• Junior kicker/punter Zach Pulkinen was named NSIC Special Teams Player of the Week  Oct. 15 after his performance against Northern State to become the first BSU player to earn special teams honors from the league since 2010.
• Head coach Jeff Tesch earned his 110th victory at Bemidji State in his 180th game Oct. 13 in the 23-6 home victory against Northern State.

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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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