October 12, 20131st2nd3rd4thFinal
Bemidji State0100717
1st Quarter
MARYFG02:38Ryan 19 Yd
2nd Quarter
BSUTD10:24Walker 1 Yd Run (Pulkinen kick)
BSUFG00:06Pulkinen 28 Yd
3rd Quarter
MARYTD13:13Jolliffe 2 Yd Pass From Bagnell (Ryan kick)
MARYFG07:00Ryan 24 Yd
MARYTD04:13Bagnell 1 Yd Run (Ryan missed kick)
4th Quarter
BSUTD06:47Dinkel 58 Yd Pass From Hass (Pulkinen kick)
MARYTD03:31Gravely 2 Yd Run (Ryan kick)
Stats at a GlanceMARYBSU
1st Downs1614
3rd Down Conversions2-123-14
4th Down Conversions0-11-2
Passing (Comp-Att)311 (21-30) 113 (5-14)
Rushing (Att)93 (31) 173 (48)
Total Yards404286
Fumbles Lost01
Marauders pass by Beavers 26-17
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Marauders pass by Beavers 26-17

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Chet Anderson Stadium) – Big plays through the air for the University of Mary sparked a big second half, en route to defeating host Bemidji State University 26-17 Saturday in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North contest at Chet Anderson Stadium.

Bemidji State (2-4; 2-4 NSIC, 0-2 NSIC North) owned a 10-3 halftime lead thanks to a senior running back Avery Walker (Milwaukee, Wis.) one-yard run into the end zone, a 28-yard field goal from senior Zach Pulkinen (K/P, Minot, N.D.) and a solid defensive effort. At the half the Beavers owned a 172-129 advantage in total yards and doubled up U-Mary in first downs (10-5).

The second half was a different story, as U-Mary (4-2; 4-2 NSIC, 2-0 NSIC North) quarterback Craig Bagnell threw for 207 yards and a touchdown, while also running for a score in the second half. The Marauders totaled 16 points in the third quarter to open a 19-10 lead heading to the fourth.

BSU cut the deficit to just two at 19-17 with 6:47 remaining in the fourth, as senior quarterback Alex Hass (Milaca, Minn.) connected with true freshman Vince Dinkel (WR, Marathon, Wis.) for an 58-yard catch-and-run to the end zone to cap an eight-play, 83-yard drive.

The Marauders quickly responded with a kick return to the U-Mary 40-yard line, then proceeded to use just six plays to go 60 yards to the end zone.

In the end, Bagnell passed for 311 yards and a touchdown, rushed for 41 yards and a score and wasn't sacked.

Walker posted his third consecutive 100-plus yard performance with 122 yards rushing and a touchdown.

Momentum Shift

Halftime – BSU played well in the first half to gain the 10-3 lead, but on the first drive of the second half, U-Mary marched 75 yards in just five plays to knot the game 10-10. The score was the first of three for the Marauders in the third, as they dominated the frame in total offense – 204-(-2) and first downs (16-0).

Offensive Player of the Game

Avery Walker (Sr., RB, Milwaukee, Wis.) continues to run the ball well, as he tallied his third consecutive 100-plus yard game with 122 yards on 29 carries for a 4.2 yards per carry average. He scored his fourth touchdown in his last three games.

Defensive Players of the Game (The play of the inside linebackers)

Greg Button (So., Eau Claire, Wis.) and Colton Blascyk (So., Kensington, Minn.) started at the inside linebacker position. Both players totaled 10 tackles and a tackle for loss. Button posted three solo tackles and pushed back U-Mary one yard on his tackle for loss, while Blascyk recorded one solo tackle and knocked back the Marauders three yards.

Special Teams Player of the Game

Zach Pulkinen (Sr., K/P, Minot, N.D.) punted eight times for 355 yards to bail the Beavers out on multiple occasions. He punted twice with his heels on the back of his own end zone and one punt traveled a career-long 73 yards. He averaged 44.4 yards per punt and pinned U-Mary inside its own 20 three times. Two of his four kickoffs went for touchbacks, while he averaged 61.2 yards per kick. He was a perfect 2-for-2 on extra points and added a field goal for five points.  

Stat of the Game

97  – Combined punt and kickoff return yards for U-Mary. The solid returns gave the Marauders great field position all game (average drive start at U-Mary 34-yard line) and even when the Gang Green defense stopped a drive, the Marauders were able to pin the BSU offense deep in its own territory.

Notable – “Week of Wishes” with Bo Lauderbaugh

The Bemidji State football team took an active role in the "Week of Wishes" campaign, an initiative led by NCAA Division II and the Make-A-Wish program. Donations were collected at the gate Saturday for the family of Bo Lauderbaugh, of Bemidji, who is enrolled in the Make-A-Wish program. Bo, a first grader with osteogenesis imperfect ("OI''), met with the team Friday to talk about his condition and interact with the student-athletes. At the meeting he was presented with a jersey and some other gifts from the BSU football team.

Saturday, Bo led the team onto the field for warm-ups, served as an honorary captain/player and participated in the coin toss. Following the coin toss, Bo and captains Brent Kondziolka, Larry Miller, Jordan Oien and Buckley Wright ran a play, resulting in a touchdown scored by Bo. [Video] and [Photos] of Bo at the BSU football game.


• Avery Walker has totaled 104 carries for 557 yards (5.4 yards per carry) and four touchdowns the last three games.

• Both teams struggled on third down, as BSU was 3 of 14 (21.4%) and U-Mary was 2 of 12 (16.7%).

• BSU entered the contest leading the league and sitting fourth nationally in both least penalties and least penalty yards. The team kept with that trend, committing just three penalties for 12 yards.

• With two extra points and one field goal, Pulkinen moves into a tie for third all-time at BSU in both point after attempt kicks made (76) and field goals made (15).

Next Up

The Beavers hope to end a two-game losing streak Oct. 19 at Northern State University (2-4; 2-4 NSIC, 1-1 NSIC North). The contest is set for a 2:30 p.m. start.

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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).