September 14, 20131st2nd3rd4thFinal
Concordia-St. Paul0701017
Bemidji State770014
1st Quarter
BSUTD02:15Walker 2 Yd Run (Pulkinen kick)
2nd Quarter
CUTD04:26Smith 5 Yd Pass From Russo (Obarski kick)
BSUTD00:16Noskowiak 8 Yd Pass From Shields (Pulkinen kick)
4th Quarter
CUFG09:18Obarski 38 Yd
CUTD00:46Boyce 19 Yd Pass From Russo (Obarski kick)
Stats at a GlanceCUBSU
1st Downs209
3rd Down Conversions7-155-14
4th Down Conversions1-10-0
Passing (Comp-Att)139 (14-24) 75 (11-21)
Rushing (Att)183 (44) 82 (29)
Total Yards322157
Fumbles Lost11
Beavers fall to Golden Bears, 17-14 in final minute
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Beavers fall to Golden Bears, 17-14 in final minute

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Chet Anderson Stadium) – A fourth down, fourth quarter touchdown strike with just 46 seconds remaining by Concordia University, St. Paul lifted the road team to a 17-14 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference win versus Bemidji State University Saturday at Chet Anderson Stadium.

After a 48-yard field goal attempt by Bemidji State's Zach Pulkinen (Sr., K/P, Minot, N.D.) sailed wide left, the Golden Bears marched 69 yards in nine plays and connected on a desperation 19-yard touchdown to go-ahead 17-14. CU was facing a fourth-and-six on the BSU 19-yard line when quarterback Jared Russo zipped a ball up the middle with senior linebacker Matt Phipps (Reno, Nev.) bearing down on him and found a covered Gabe Boyce right at the goal line. BSU defenders were right on top of Boyce and tried to strip the ball, but were unsuccessful, as the CU sideline erupted when the referee's arms went up to signal a touchdown.

BSU took a 7-0 lead in the first after a 10-play, 60-yard drive that saw a 3-for-3 conversion rate on third down. The drive was capped by a senior running back Avery Walker (Milwaukee, Wis.) two-yard dive into the end zone. CU responded with a score in the second quarter to tie the game 7-7.

After posting two defensive touchdowns at Winona State University, Sept. 5, the Gang Green defense almost tallied another defensive score when senior linebacker Buckley Wright (Sioux City, Iowa) picked Russo at the BSU 43 and hustled down to the CU 10 before Russo caught up and made the tackle. Taking over with just 31 seconds until halftime, the Beaver offense was able to capitalize with a third down connection in the corner of the end zone between quarterback Ryan Shields (Fr-RS, Roseville, Calif.) and Jordan Noskowiak (So., TE, Sun Prairie, Wis.) to own a 14-7 lead at the break.

CU converted on a 38-yard field goal with 9:18 remaining in regulation before its game-winning touchdown.

Momentum Shift

Zach Pulkinen's 48-yard attempt had the distance, but just sailed wide left, handing the ball to the CU offense, which was able to drive the distance and convert a fourth down touchdown to win the game.

Player of the Game

Scott Christensen (Jr., DB, Stockbridge, Ga.) recorded a career-high 17 tackles (six solo), which included a tackle for loss (-4 yards). He also added a fumble recovery.

Stat of the Game

Concordia-St. Paul totaled 20 first downs, while the Beavers only had nine, resulting in a 36:21 to 23:39 advantage in time of possession. BSU held the ball for just 9:50 in the second half.


• The Beavers also forced a fumble in the game and have now created five turnovers that have resulted in 21 points.
• BSU totaled just 53 yards of offense in the second half.
• Freshman redshirt Ryan Shields started at QB for BSU, serving as the first Fr-RS to start at QB for BSU since Derek Edholm in 2007.
• Shields went 11-for-21 with one interception (last drive of the game) with 75 yards and a touchdown.
• The series between CU and BSU is now knotted at 7-7. BSU entered the contest 5-1 at home against the Golden Bears.
• The Beavers fall to 11-7 under head coach Jeff Tesch.

Next Up

The Beavers turn their attention to a 1 p.m. road contest Sept. 21 at Augustana College (1-1, 1-1 NSIC).

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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).