October 26, 20131st2nd3rd4thFinal
Minnesota Duluth01431431
Bemidji State0147021
2nd Quarter
BSUTD13:08Dunn 37 Yd Run (Pulkinen kick)
BSUTD07:01Richard 14 Yd Pass From Shields (Pulkinen kick)
UMDTD05:03Reichert 39 Yd Pass From Bauer (Brees kick)
UMDTD00:54Sikorski 2 Yd Run (Brees kick)
3rd Quarter
BSUTD11:10Summers 41 Yd Pass From Shields (Pulkinen kick)
UMDFG02:41Brees 38 Yd
4th Quarter
UMDTD08:56Bauer 14 Yd Run (Brees kick)
UMDTD00:36Lauters 14 Yd Run (Brees kick)
Stats at a GlanceUMDBSU
1st Downs2319
3rd Down Conversions7-143-15
4th Down Conversions1-21-3
Passing (Comp-Att)237 (20-31) 146 (14-30)
Rushing (Att)203 (40) 258 (40)
Total Yards440404
Fumbles Lost21
BSU enters third quarter with lead versus No. 7 UMD, but falls 31-21
Saturday, October 26, 2013
BSU enters third quarter with lead versus No. 7 UMD, but falls 31-21

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Chet Anderson Stadium) – The Bemidji State University football team owned a 21-17 lead with 12:07 remaining in regulation against No. 7 University of Minnesota Duluth Saturday at Chet Anderson Stadium, but a turnover at midfield resulted in a game-winning drive by the Bulldogs, as UMD won 31-21 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North contest. 

Leading 21-17 early in the fourth quarter, the Beaver defense forced their third and recovered their second UMD fumble on the BSU 21-yardline. The Beavers took over and escaped a three-and-out on a Walker rush up the middle for 37 yards into UMD territory. Poised to tack another score of the board, a mishandled hand off from redshirt freshman quarterback Ryan Shields (Roseville, Calif.) to true freshman Vince Dinkel (Marathon, Wis.) on a reverse play caused BSU’s only turnover of the game and UMD recovered on its own 42. The Bulldogs marched down the field and 3:16 later, the road team led 24-21. The touchdown would prove to be the game-winning score.

The Beavers (2-6; 2-6, 0-4 NSIC North) posted 258 rushing yards on Minnesota Duluth, who entered the game leading the league and ranked eighth nationally in rushing yards allowed per game (82.3 ypg). The Bemidji State offense racked up a season-high 404 yards and a 2013-best 19 first downs.

The Beaver Gang Green defense forced three Minnesota Duluth turnovers, but none of them resulted in points. BSU held UMD to 203 yards rushing, 100 less yards than its average (ranked seventh in the nation with 303.4 ypg heading into the game). The Bulldogs stepped onto “The Chet” scoring 100 total points (14.3 ppg) in the first quarter this season, but the Beavers held UMD to a goose egg in the first frame.

The score was 0-0 through the first quarter, but just 1:52 into the second, a Derrick Dunn (Fr-RS, RB, San Diego, Calif.) 37-yard run up the middle to the end zone handed the Beavers a 7-0 lead. The run was set-up by a 46-yard run by senior Avery Walker (RB, Milwaukee, Wis.). and capped the three-play, 86-yard drive. The score marked the first of Dunn’s young career.

The advantage went to 14-0 Bemidji State midway through the second quarter when Shields found true freshman Juwaan Richard (WR, Schaumburg, Ill.) for a 14-yard, over-the-shoulder touchdown catch in the back of the end zone. The score was Richard’s first of his career.

Minnesota Duluth responded on its next two possessions with touchdowns on drives of 60 and 70 yards, respectfully to close the half tied 14-14.

The Beavers posted a nine-play, 80-yard drive to the end zone to take the first 3:45 of the second half and open a 21-14 advantage. The final stamp of the long drive was a 41-yard connection between Shields and redshirt freshman Matthew Summers (Isle, Minn.) for his first-career touchdown.

UMD responded with a field goal late in the third to move the score to 21-17, then took the lead off the Beaver turnover in the fourth before slamming the door with 36 ticks remaining on a fourth-and-one run to the end zone from 14-yards out.

Walker finished the game with his fourth 100-plus yard performance, as he racked up 161 yards on the ground on 22 carries (7.3 yards per attempt).

Momentum Shift

Trading turnovers in the fourth quarter proved to be detrimental in the upset bid for the Beavers. The forced fumble by BSU was a huge momentum shift with the lead and the ball, but a simple mistake quickly reversed any charge the home team had, as UMD rolled 58 yards to the end zone for the game-winning score.

Stat of the Game

3-of-15    The Beavers continue to struggle on third down. BSU entered the game 13th in the NSIC in third down conversions, as it has found a first down just 30.5 percent of the time. The poor execution on third down limits the rest of the Beaver defense and hands the opponent better field position. 

Offensive Player of the Game

#12 Ryan Shields (Fr-RS, QB, Roseville, Calif.) made his third-career start and threw for 146 yards and two touchdowns, as he went 14-for-30. He found eight different receivers in the game, with five of those players bringing in two or more receptions. He also ran 11 times for 53 yards.

Defensive Player of the Game

#18 Scott Christensen (Jr., S, Stockbridge, Ga.) made 14 tackles (nine solo) for his third game this season with 10 or more tackles. He added a half tackle for loss and forced a fumble. He now leads the team with 72 tackles on the season.


• BSU has now lost four straight games for the first time since 1997 (head coach Jeff Tesch’s second season at BSU). The Beavers lost six straight that 2-8 season.

• The Beavers have failed to defeat the Bulldogs for 12 consecutive games, dating back to 1999. In the last three meetings at “The Chet” the Beavers have lost by 10, three (2011) and one (2009).

• Under head coach Jeff Tesch, BSU is 5-12 versus nationally ranked opponents.

Next Up

The Beavers conclude their home season Nov. 2 with another nationally ranked opponent, as current No. 22 St. Cloud State University visits BSU for a 1 p.m. contest. The game will also serve as senior day for 14 Beavers.

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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).