|September 06, 2014||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Wayne State (Neb.)||14||7||7||7||35|
|WSC||TD||11:08||Kline 13 Yd Run (Lindsay kick)|
|WSC||TD||00:03||Koch 3 Yd Run (Lindsay kick)|
|BSU||TD||11:51||Olson 24 Yd Pass From Hein (Fodness kick)|
|BSU||TD||03:43||Schmidt 32 Yd Pass From Hein (Fodness missed kick)|
|WSC||TD||00:39||McDaniel 28 Yd Pass From Osborn (Lindsay kick)|
|WSC||TD||01:33||Trouba 1 Yd Pass From Osborn (Lindsay kick)|
|WSC||TD||03:30||Koch 2 Yd Run (Lindsay kick)|
|Stats at a Glance||BSU||WSC|
|3rd Down Conversions||3-16||6-15|
|4th Down Conversions||1-2||0-0|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||234 (15-31)||253 (16-26)|
|Rushing (Att)||93 (34)||104 (41)|
WAYNE, Neb. (Bob Cunningham Field) -- The Wayne State College football team took advantage of Bemidji State University miscues early, while its punishing, consistent ground game wore the BSU defense down late as the Wildcats defeated the Beavers, 35-13, in the 2014 season opener Saturday in Wayne, Nebraska.
BSU falls to 0-1 overall and drops its first season-opening game since 2007.
The Wildcats opened a 14-0 lead 13:35 into the game, aided by a Jordan Hein (QB, 6-1, 210, Fr-RS, Perham, Minn.) interception on the Beavers' second possession.
Trailing by two touchdowns, Hein threw his second interception of the afternoon just moments into the second quarter, but the Beavers would get the break they needed seven seconds later when Greg Button (OLB, 6-2, 216, Jr., Eau Claire, Wis.) scooped up a loose ball to give BSU the spark it needed.
Hein would go 3-for-3 on the ensuing drive, including completions of 37 yards to Blake Holder and a 24-yard touchdown strike to recently converted fullback Evan Olson (5-10, 230, Sr., Bemidji Minn.), marching the Beavers 71 yards in just under two minutes to cut the WSC lead to a touchdown, 14-7. The score stood as not only the first touchdown pass for the freshman quarterback, it was also the first touchdown reception for the senior fullback, who was in his first game on the offensive side of the ball after roaming the Beavers' linebacking corps for the past three seasons.
Over the course of the next the next 10 minutes, the Beavers looked like a different team. The BSU "Gang Green" defense forced Wildcat punts in back-to-back possessions and after a career-long 41-yard scamper by Hein, he connected with Brady Schmidt (WR, 5-9, 182, So., Bemidji, Minn.) for a 32-yard touchdown strike with 3:43 to go in the first half. The Beavers' quest to tie the score was stymied as the ensuing Kyle Fodness (K, 5-10, 180, So., Bemidji, Minn.) extra point attempt was blocked to leave the Beavers trailing by a point, 14-13.
The Wildcats used the brief change in momentum to catch the Beavers on their heels and convert a second-and-15 play into a 28-yard touchdown strike to add to its lead, 21-13, before halftime.
WSC struggled to get its running game going during the first half netting just 30 yards, but playing with a lead in the second half, the Wildcats turned their focus to the ground.
The teams traded punts on their first two possessions of the half, but the Wildcats assembled a 14-play, 91-yard drive lasting six minutes and 58 seconds capped by a one-yard touchdown pass to Joe Trouba that would for all intensive purposes, put the game out of reach.
Trailing 28-13, the Beavers' offense sputtered in the final moments of the third quarter.
WSC converted a short field into its final touchdown of the day, 35-13, with just over three minutes to play.
Wayne State finished with 357 yards of total offense including 104 yards on 40 rushing attempts. Quarterback Zach Osborn was 16-for-26 for 253 yards and two touchdowns through the air.
Hein led the Beavers in his first collegiate start. He completed 13-of-29 pass attempts for two touchdowns and 219 yards. In addition, the freshman quarterback was the team's top ground gainer as he totaled 83 yards on 23 attempts.
The Beavers will look to even their record Sept. 13 when they return to Bemidji, Minn. and Chet Anderson Stadium to host the University of Sioux Falls in the team's annual Shrine Game. Festivities begin with a parade at 2 p.m. and continues with a tailgate party in Diamond Point Park beginning at 4 p.m. Kick off for the 2014 home opener is set for 6 p.m.