|September 19, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|BSU||FG||10:03||Aanerud 27 Yd|
|WSU||FG||08:01||McCauley 43 Yd|
|WSU||TD||12:08||May 8 Yd Pass From Nelson (McCauley kick)|
|WSU||FG||02:28||McCauley 31 Yd|
|BSU||TD||14:20||Nomane 1 Yd Run (Aanerud kick)|
|BSU||TD||08:35||Noskowiak 29 Yd Pass From Hein (Aanerud kick)|
|WSU||TD||06:21||Preston 10 Yd Run (McCauley kick)|
|Stats at a Glance||WSU||BSU|
|3rd Down Conversions||2-13||4-14|
|4th Down Conversions||0-2||1-1|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||272 (24-38)||219 (19-30)|
|Rushing (Att)||147 (34)||100 (44)|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (Chet Anderson Stadium) -- Winona State University blocked a 38-yard field goal attempt by Isaac Aanerud in the final moments of regulation to steal a 20-17 victory over Bemidji State University Saturday at Chet Anderson Stadium.
Down 13-10 in the fourth quarter, Jordan Hein connected with senior wide receiver Jordan Noskowiak on a 29-yard pass to take the lead, 17-10, but after an eight-play, 75-yard scoring drive by the Warriors, the Beavers needed the last-minute field goal to extend the game.
“I was real proud of our defense,” Head Coach Jeff Tesch said. “Offense started out OK and then (Winona State) made some nice adjustments and just blitzed the heck out of us. We just couldn’t get anything going.”
“Our defense gave us a chance and we got ahead. Then, kind of like last week, they just couldn’t hold the lead. After playing a whale of a game, I know they’re frustrated with that.”
The Bemidji State defense opened with a three-and-out drive against Winona State. The ensuing punt led to a seven-play drive that ended with a 27-yard field goal from Isaac Aanerud. Winona State soon tied the game with a 43-yard field goal of its own. Both teams went on to each turn the ball over to head into halftime with a 3-3 score.
The Warriors stopped the Beavers on its opening drive of the second half to set up a touchdown drive, capped by an eight-yard touchdown pass, to take a 10-3 lead. The Beavers gave away an interception late in the third quarter to set the Warriors up for another field goal, which would bring the deficit to 13-3.
A couple of defensive pass interference calls advanced the Beavers into the Warriors territory on the next offensive drive. Hein was able to turn a scramble into a 42-yard gain, eventually being pushed out of bounds at the one-yard line. Running back Tahi Nomane then bulled his way in to the end zone to cut the lead to 13-10.
The Hein to Noskowiak connection then put the Beavers on top during the team’s next drive, 17-13. Winona State followed up with an eight-play, 75-yard drive that ended as a 10-yard touchdown pass to regain the lead, 20-17.
The Beavers began its final drive of the night with six and a half minutes to go in the game, reaching the 28-yard line with 55 seconds left in the team. On fourth and 11, Aanerud set up for the game-tying field goal from 38 yards out.
Tahi Nomane paced the Beavers ground game, racking up 56 yards and a touchdown on 22 attempts. Hein finished the night 19-of-30 for 219 yards with a touchdown strike and one interception. Colton Blascyk led the charge for the BSU Gang Green defense posting nine tackles (5 solo).
BSU returns to action Sept. 26 when it travels to St. Paul, Minn. to battle Concordia University-St. Paul at SeaFoam Stadium. Opening Kickoff is set for noon.
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).