November 16, 20131st2nd3rd4thFinal
Bemidji State7714735
Minot State700714
Scoring
1st Quarter
BSUTD12:35Walker 65 Yd Run (Pulkinen kick)
MINOTTD06:01LaDeaux 6 Yd Pass From Cunha (Gutierrez kick)
2nd Quarter
BSUTD07:09Walker 1 Yd Run (Pulkinen kick)
3rd Quarter
BSUTD08:52Walker 2 Yd Run (Pulkinen kick)
BSUTD00:15Richard 40 Yd Pass From Shields (Pulkinen kick)
4th Quarter
MINOTTD13:08LaDeaux 42 Yd Pass From Cunha (Gutierrez kick)
BSUTD08:31Walker 29 Yd Run (Pulkinen kick)
Stats at a GlanceBSUMINOT
1st Downs2013
3rd Down Conversions9-183-12
4th Down Conversions2-31-1
Passing (Comp-Att)206 (17-31) 222 (21-39)
Rushing (Att)253 (44) -4 (23)
Total Yards459218
Penalties5-393-48
Turnovers13
Fumbles Lost11
Interceptions02
Possession34:2325:37
Bemidji State downs Minot State 35-14 in season finale
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Bemidji State downs Minot State 35-14 in season finale
Courtasy of Minot State Media Relations

MINOT, N.D. (Herb Parker Stadium) – The Bemidji State University football offense and defense finally put a complete effort together Saturday in the season finale and downed host Minot State University 35-14 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game. The contest served as the final collegiate contest for 14 BSU student-athletes. Bemidji State finished with a 3-8 overall record and a 1-6 mark in NSIC North play.

Senior running back Avery Walker (Milwaukee, Wis.) capped his Beaver career in style with 194 rushing yards and four touchdowns. The effort marked Walker’s sixth 100-yard game and fourth 150-yard game of the season. He also became the last Beaver to record four touchdowns in a game since Tyler Olson scored fourth times versus University of Minnesota Crookston, Sept. 23, 2006.

He recorded 1,374 yards on 263 carries (119.5 ypg) in 2013 to rank sixth all-time at BSU in single season rushing yards. His 119.5 yards per game is the 10th time a BSU player has finished a season with 100 or more yards per game. His mark ranks eighth in that same time period. 

Sophomore tight end Jordan Noskowiak (Sun Prairie, Wis.) brought in six receptions for 106 yards, both career-highs. Coupled with Walker’s performance the two combined to become BSU’s first 100-yard reception yard and 100-yard rushing yard duo since Eurise Watson (109 rush) & Anthony Schreiber (125 rec) versus Upper Iowa University, Nov. 10, 2006.

Senior Zach Pulkinen (K/P, Minot, N.D.) totaled 182 yards on four punts to average 45.5 yards. He recorded a long punt of 52 yards. The senior completed the season with a 42.5 yards per punt average that set the new record for Bemidji State punting average. The previous record was 41.8 yards per punt set by Rick Van Roekel in 1977. He totaled 2,802 yards on 66 punts to rank second all-time at BSU in total punt yards.

The BSU defense pushed Minot State backwards rushing, as MISU totaled -4 yards on the ground. Overall, Bemidji State won the total offense battle 459-218. The Beavers totaled five sacks (-30 yards).

The first score of the game came on BSU’s fourth play of the contest when Walker broke through the line and ran for a career-long 65-yard touchdown to hand BSU a 7-0 lead. The play marked the sixth 40-plus yard play by Walker this season (two receiving plays).

Minot State capitalized on a BSU fumbled punt and drove 48-yards on eight plays to tie the game 7-7 with 6:01 left in the first frame. The road Beavers scored again before the half after the Gang Green defense pinned MISU deep in its own territory and following a punt, set-up the offense at midfield. BSU then drove 49-yards on 11-plays to the end zone, as Walker found a one-yard score.

Bemidji State held the 14-7 lead at the break behind 121 total yards (104 rushing) by Walker. Sophomore tight end Jordan Noskowiak (Sun Prairie, Wis.) posted five receptions and 75 yards in the first half, both set career-highs, as did a 21-yard reception, marking his longest career catch.

BSU struck first in the second half and took its first possession 61 yards on 10 plays to the end zone. Walker again finished off the drive, this time with a two-yard run into the end zone. Noskowiak connected with Shields during the drive on a 31-yard catch and run to go over the 100 yard receiving mark.

The lead went to 28-7 when true freshman Juwaan Richard (WR, Schaumburg, Ill.) crossed the goal line on a 40-yard catch and run from freshman Ryan Shields (QB, Rosemount, Calif.). The play was set-up by a junior safety Dylan Valentine (Temecula, Calif.) interception.

The third quarter ended with BSU leading 28-7, but an early fourth quarter touchdown by the home team cut the Bemidji State lead to 28-14. The road team responded on the next drive and drove 71 yards on nine plays to regain the three touchdown lead at 35-14. Again the ball was given to Walker, as he scored his fourth touchdown of the game on a 29-yard rush to the painted turf end zone.

Defensively, senior linebacker Buckley Wright (Sioux City, Iowa) led the Beavers for the second straight game and the last time in the green and white. He recorded eight tackles (two solo) with 2.0 tackles for loss (-8 yards), which included a sack (-7 yards). Sophomore Greg Button (ILB, Eau Claire, Wis.) and senior Matt Phipps (OLB, Reno, Nev.) added seven tackles each. Button totaled two sacks (-12 yards).

Other Senior Notes

• Cornerback Larry Miller added his second interception of the season and a pass break-up. He finished with 14 total passes defended in 2013 to lead the team and tie for first in the NSIC. He finished his career with 21 pass break-ups and six interceptions.

• Wright finished his career with 199 tackles (81 solo) in 43 career games. He totaled 27.0 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks.

• Walker finished his career with 1,586 career yards to rank ninth all-time at Bemidji State.

Quickly

• The win snapped BSU’s six straight losses, which matched the worst skid in the head coach Jeff Tesch-era, which occurred in 1996 and 1997, his first two seasons at Bemidji State.

• Walker added 17 yards receiving to total 211 all-purpose yards.

• The Beavers finished the season leading the league in least penalties and penalty yards. BSU totaled 41 penalties for 323 yards (29.4). University of Mary was second in the category with 55 penalties for 479 yards.

For more information on the Bemidji State football program, follow the Beavers on Twitter (@BemidjiStateFB or @BSUBeavers), like them on Facebook (facebook.com/bsubeaverfootball or facebook.com/BSUBeavers) or sign up for the TXTUpdates from BSUBeavers.com text-messaging system through the "Mulitmedia" pull down menu on the main page of BSUBeavers.com.

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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For more information on the Bemidji State football program, follow the Beavers on Twitter (@BemidjiStateFB or @BSUBeavers), like them on Facebook (facebook.com/bsubeaverfootball or facebook.com/BSUBeavers) or sign up for the TXTUpdates from BSUBeavers.com text-messaging system through the "Mulitmedia" pull down menu on the main page of BSUBeavers.com.

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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