|September 05, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|AUGIE||TD||05:40||Ham 8 Yd Run (Wainman kick)|
|AUGIE||TD||03:01||Greenway 1 Yd Run (Wainman kick)|
|BSU||TD||12:42||Hein 1 Yd Run (Aanerud missed kick)|
|AUGIE||TD||12:29||Greenway (Wainman kick)|
|BSU||TD||02:53||Hein 5 Yd Run|
|AUGIE||TD||14:53||Ham 5 Yd Run (Wainman kick)|
|AUGIE||TD||08:15||Hayes 22 Yd Pass From Heid (Wainman kick)|
|Stats at a Glance||AUGIE||BSU|
|3rd Down Conversions||4-11||6-17|
|4th Down Conversions||0-1||0-6|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||227 (15-21)||208 (26-41)|
|Rushing (Att)||115 (35)||99 (44)|
Bemidji, Minn. -- Bemidji State University gave up two short-field touchdown drives to Augustana University in the first half Saturday night that led to a 35-14 loss in Chet Anderson Stadium. The Beavers offense and defense put up a solid showing as starting quarterback Ryan Shields went down early with an injury, but fell just short with the ball while earning five red zone chances.
A crowd of 2,134 fans watched on in rainy weather as the Beavers (0-1 overall) were unable to force the Vikings (1-0 overall) offense to run lengthy scoring drives, as each score came in at least six plays for the visiting squad. The short drives were a positive theme for the “Gang Green” defense on the night, though, holding Augie to a game-high seven-play drive early in the second quarter.
Quarterback Jordan Hein (So., Perham, Minn.) came in to play a solo quarterback role after teammate Ryan Shields (Jr., Roseville, Calif.) left the game in the first quarter with a shoulder injury. He led the team on promising drives throughout the game, coming up empty in three of five red zone opportunities, though.
Augustana put up the first two scores on the night late in the second quarter, the first coming off a blocked punt and the second off a turnover on downs. The blocked punt led to a three-play, 24-yard drive before scoring again less than three minutes later. The second score was set up following a fourth and 12 for the Beavers, as freshman punter Isaac Aanerud (Otsego, Minn.) attempted to rush for the first down but was stopped short.
The Beavers offense answered with an 11-play drive that eventually reached the Vikings’ five-yard line. An illegal formation penalty and botched snap pushed the team back to the 30-yard line where Hein attempted to throw to running back Tahi Nomane (So., Maple Grove, Minn.) on fourth down, which fell incomplete as the half was nearly ended.
The momentum of the previous Bemidji State drive carried over to the opening drive of the second half as a 62-yard kickoff return set up a short field. The Beavers rushed their way up the field to eventually put up their first points on the night, a quarterback sneak from Hein one yard out. The point-after attempt was missed, due to injuries to the top two place-kick holders, to set the score at 14-6 in favor of the Vikings.
While momentum looked to be on the home team’s side, another special teams play proved costly as the ensuing kickoff was returned 100 yards for a touchdown by Lucas Wainman of Augustana. The Beavers offense again answered with a red zone drive, but again fell just short on a fourth down and 15-yard conversion attempt. Looking to make amends during their next drive for the missed opportunity, Bemidji State went on its longest drive of the night of 63 yards, which included the second of two rushing touchdowns for Hein and a two-point conversion to follow.
The score was the final of the night for the Beavers while the Vikings went on to score two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter, setting the final at 35-14.
The Beavers finished the night with 309 total yards of offense while the Vikings put up 341. Augustana led in both passing and rushing yards, finishing with 227 and 114, respectively. Bemidji State finished with 208 passing yards and 101 rushing.
Hein completed 24 of 39 pass attempts on the night with one interception and 75 rushing yards. He scored the only touchdowns of the game while also completing the two-point attempt to Blake Petrich (Jr., Staples, Minn.). Wide receiver Christian Lunde (So., St. Thomas, N.D.) led the team in receiving with 10 catches for 78 yards.
The Beavers hit the road next week, as Southwest Minnesota State University will play host at Mattke Field in Marshall, Minn., for another night game.
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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).