|September 26, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|BSU||TD||13:02||Hein 19 Yd Run (Aanerud kick)|
|BSU||FG||04:19||Aanerud 20 Yd|
|BSU||FG||09:09||Aanerud 28 Yd|
|BSU||TD||03:44||Dinkel 9 Yd Pass From Hein (Aanerud kick)|
|BSU||TD||00:39||Noskowiak 3 Yd Pass From Hein (Aanerud kick)|
|BSU||TD||09:27||Birchfield 14 Yd Pass From Hein (Aanerud kick)|
|BSU||FG||04:45||Aanerud 28 Yd|
|BSU||TD||00:26||Dinkel 33 Yd Pass From Hein (Aanerud kick)|
|BSU||FG||06:58||Aanerud 50 Yd|
|CSP||TD||03:50||Arnold 8 Yd Run (Schenderlein kick)|
|Stats at a Glance||BSU||CSP|
|3rd Down Conversions||10-16||1-11|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||0-0|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||281 (23-31)||61 (7-16)|
|Rushing (Att)||236 (52)||48 (25)|
ST. PAUL, Minn. (Sea Foam Stadium) – The Bemidji State University football team thrived in all phases of the game Saturday during a 47-7 win at Concordia University-St. Paul. The win is the Beavers first of the season heading out of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference interdivisional play.
“It kind of appeared that it was going to be our day if you look at the way things started,” Head Coach Jeff Tesch said. “We were running the ball inside and out, and the part that’s been missing, just making those big pitches and catches between quarterback and receiver. It just seemed like things were flowing pretty darn well today.”
Bemidji State began scoring early and often in an all-around outstanding performance from the offense, defense and special teams. The Beavers scored 10 points in the first quarter, followed by 17 points in each of the second and third quarters, and finished with a 50-yard field goal by Isaac Aanerud in the fourth quarter. The Gang Green Defense allowed the Golden Bears on a nine-yard drive, the longest by the defensive starters before leaving the field late in the fourth quarter.
“Our goal was to try and get them into long yardage and disrupt things a bit. Give the guys up front credit. They controlled the line of scrimmage and got the guys in the situations we wanted. We had good coverage too. Just played well on both sides of the ball.”
The Beavers began with a run-heavy attack to set the pace, rushing on 13 of 19 plays in the first quarter. The trend began on the Beavers’ first play from scrimmage, set up by a 42-yard punt return by Gunner Olszewski. Hein then faked a rush to Nomane, taking in a 19-yard touchdown run himself to get on top right away. Nomane took the bulk of the carries in the next drive, 36 yards on the ground to set up a 20-yard field goal by Isaac Aanerud.
The second half came down to Hein and his deep, big set of receivers. The Beavers attacked the size differences in the secondary as Hein targeted four of his nine second quarter completions to different receivers, including touchdown throws to Vince Dinkel and Jordan Noskowiak on back-to-back drives to close out the half.
The Gang Green Defense forced five three-and-outs on seven first half drives by Concordia-St. Paul. BSU doubled up the total plays in the first half, 47 to CSP’s 22. The Beavers held the Golden Bears to 20 total offensive yards in the first half, including 15 rushing attempts for just two yards. The Beavers led 27-0 going into the halftime break.
The Beavers picked up where they left off in the second half, taking the second half opening drive 72 yards on 11 plays for another passing touchdown by Hein. The throw, similar to his previous two, went towards the sideline of the end zone as Brad Birchfield created enough separation to catch his first receiving touchdown of the season.
The Beavers defense shut things down while forcing two punts in the Golden Bears’ two offensive drives of the third quarter. Bemidji State added two Aanerud field goals (including his career-long 50-yard attempt), Hein’s fourth passing touchdown and Dinkel’s second receiving touchdown to reach the 47-point plateau.
Starters were replaced in the fourth quarter and would be the first time the Beavers punted all day. The Golden Bears also scored their only points of the day after this point.
On the day, the Gang Green Defense forced seven three-and-outs in CSP’s 10 offensive drives that starters were in play. The starters also held the Golden Bears to three first downs and 34 yards of total offense, before the second string was inserted in the fourth quarter to allow a total of six first downs and 109 yards of total offense. The longest drive by the Golden Bears on the day was just six plays, coming on their final drive of the game. Prior to that final offensive drive for CSP, BSU had allowed a long-drive of just nine yards to the Golden Bears.
The 47 total points on offense is the most scored since a 49-0 win against Minot State on Nov. 10, 2012.
Hein set career-highs in passing yards (272), passing touchdowns (4) and total touchdowns (5). Nomane set a career-high in rushing yards (116) while Aanerud also set career marks in total field goals (4), field goal long (50) and extra point conversions (5).
Bemidji State returns home next week for Homecoming while welcoming in University of Mary (N.D.) for a 2 p.m. kickoff in Chet Anderson Stadium. The Beavers and Marauders will open NSIC North action with the game.
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).