September 27, 20141st2nd3rd4thFinal
Minnesota State0621734
Bemidji State1000616
Scoring
1st Quarter
BSUFG12:14Fodness 32 Yd
BSUTD00:51Shields 1 Yd Run (Fodness kick)
2nd Quarter
MSUTD11:26Pieruccini 1 Yd Run (Haffar missed kick)
3rd Quarter
MSUTD12:29Buford 24 Yd Pass From Lloyd (Haffar kick)
MSUTD08:07Buford 30 Yd Pass From Lloyd (Haffar kick)
MSUTD03:02Lloyd 2 Yd Run (Haffar kick)
4th Quarter
MSUTD14:21Thomas 2 Yd Run (Haffar kick)
BSUTD07:06Noskowiak 7 Yd Pass From Shields
Stats at a GlanceMSUBSU
1st Downs2015
3rd Down Conversions4-143-15
4th Down Conversions1-31-2
Passing (Comp-Att)282 (16-25) 264 (23-46)
Rushing (Att)220 (56) 40 (23)
Total Yards502304
Penalties9-1043-34
Turnovers24
Fumbles Lost01
Interceptions23
Possession37:5822:02
No. 3 Minnesota State uses strong second half to power past Bemidji State
Saturday, September 27, 2014
No. 3 Minnesota State uses strong second half to power past Bemidji State

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Chet Anderson Stadium) -- Leading 10-6 at halftime, the Bemidji State University football team saw a nationally-ranked Minnesota State University, Mankato team rattle off 28 straight points to open the second half in a 34-16 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference loss Saturday at Chet Anderson Stadium.

Ryan Shields (QB, 6-1, 181, So.,  Roseville, Calif.) marched the Beavers 65 yards in 10 plays to open the game and Kyle Fodness (K, 5-10, 180, So., Bemidji, Minn.) made good on a 23-yard field goal attempt to put BSU up 3-0 early. BSU did just enough offensively, scattering passes to eight different receivers, to give its defense a breather and to add a touchdown in the final moments of the first quarter.

Shields finished the night completing a career-best 23 passed on 44 attempts for 264 yards and a touchdown.  His top target, freshman Blake Holder (WR, 6-2, 198, Steamwood, Ill.) caught six passes for 106 yards, making him the first BSU receiver to post three consecutive 100-yard games since George Kadlec during the 2008 season. Jordan Noskowiak (WR, 6-3, 216, Jr., Sun Prairie, Wis.) also grabbed six passes for 76 yards and a touchdown.

Led by a 12-tackle, 1.5-sack effort from Connor Quinn (LB, 6-1, 235, Jr., Geneva, Ill.), the stingy BSU defense held the high-power Mavericks in check during the first 30 minutes of play. Despite giving up a 30-yard pass play from Nick Pieruccini to Austin Rieder that sparked a MSU 10-play, 67-yard scoring drive midway through the second quarter, the "Gang Green" defense forced two punts, twice held firm on fourth down to get the ball back in the hands of its offense and coerced MSU into two unsuccessful field goal attempts and take a four-point lead into the that half.

Down 10-6, Minnesota State got the ball to open the second half and although the BSU defense forced a Maverick punt after just five plays, things began to unravel for the Beavers. BSU's running back Tony Peterson (5-11, 192, Jr., Frederick, Wis.) fumbled on the first play of the ensuing drive and Minnesota State took a 13-10 lead two plays and 21 yards later.

The Mavericks built a 20-10 lead by the eight-minute mark of the third quarter and would use a short field to add another touchdown to take a 27-10 lead into the final quarter.

Still, BSU had its chances during the final 15 minutes as its defense recorded a pair of interceptions and Shields connected with Noskowiak in the end zone, but the Mavericks would get two interceptions of their own and would take advantage of a short field, assembling a four-pay, 40-yard scoring drive late.

The Beavers finished the night with 304 yards of total offense, which included 264 yards through the air and a season-low 40 yards on the ground.

Minnesota State racked up a balanced 504 yards of offense with 280 passing yards and 220 on the ground, thanks to a 122-yard, 22-carry night from Thomas Connor.

The Beavers, now 0-4 on the season, next travel to Bismarck, N.D. and the University of Mary for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff Oct. 3 at the Bismarck Community Bowl.

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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).

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