|October 03, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|BSU||TD||12:18||Nomane 18 Yd Run (Aanerud missed kick)|
|BSU||TD||09:29||Dinkel 27 Yd Pass From Hein (Aanerud missed kick)|
|BSU||TD||06:20||Noskowiak 16 Yd Pass From Hein|
|MARY||TD||13:28||Doan 51 Yd Pass From Buck (Goetz kick)|
|BSU||TD||06:04||Nomane 8 Yd Run (Aanerud kick)|
|BSU||TD||08:43||Olszewski (Aanerud missed kick)|
|BSU||TD||06:33||Adams 20 Yd Run (Aanerud missed kick)|
|Stats at a Glance||MARY||BSU|
|3rd Down Conversions||10-24||4-12|
|4th Down Conversions||1-7||0-1|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||299 (32-64)||217 (16-33)|
|Rushing (Att)||43 (25)||261 (37)|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (Chet Anderson Stadium) – The Bemidji State University football team honored the 20-year anniversary of jumping in Lake Bemidji following a Homecoming win Saturday, and celebrated justly while taking a dip of their own after a 39-7 win against University of Mary.
The Beavers (2-3 overall, 1-0 NSIC North) jumped into the water for the 16th time since the tradition started in 1995 and the sixth straight time in as many years. BSU put Saturday’s memorable win against Mary away with three first quarter scores and three scores in the second half.
“Well we got off to a great start,” Head Coach Jeff Tesch said “and that was the key to the game. Then our defense really played rock solid again this week. When our offense was sputtering around, they kept us going.”
“It was a great start. We found a way to get another (touchdown) late in the game and it was fun for the kids to be out there on a Homecoming win.”
Like a week ago, the Beavers gained the early momentum with a quick drive to score a touchdown. Running back Tahi Nomane, on his way to 95 yards rushing for the day, scored from 18 yards out to cap a two-play, 56-yard drive that took up all of 19 seconds. The “Gang Green” defense proved itself for the second week in a row, pulling down an interception on the ensuing Marauders drive.
The Beavers turnover turned into six points, again, as this time quarterback Jordan Hein threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Vince Dinkel. Following a three-and-out for the Mary offense, Hein threw his second and final touchdown of the day on a 16-yard connection to wide receiver Jordan Noskowiak. The Beavers missed two of the three extra point attempts in the first half, while the third was converted as a Hein to Dinkel two-point connection. Mary gained its longest play of the day on a 51-yard passing touchdown to get on the board early in the second quarter.
As the Beavers defense looked stout again, giving up just the one big play, the squad allowed just five first downs and one rushing yard through the first half. The defensive effort, along with offensive execution, led the Beavers to a halftime lead, 20-7.
The Bemidji State defense opened the second half with two consecutive forced three-and-outs, the second allowing the Beavers and Nomane to score their second rushing touchdowns of the day. The Beavers took advantage of Marauder miscues following the score, recovering a fumble on a 13-play, 54-yard drive and recording their second interception of the day two drives later, another 10+-play drive by Mary. The interception was recorded by true freshman Gunner Olszewski who returned it 56 yards for a touchdown.
Running back Gena Adams ran in a 20-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to end scoring for the day. The 39-7 win put the Beavers at 1-0 in the NSIC North Division.
Hein finished 16-of-33 passing for 217 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing nine times for 79 yards. Nomane and Adams each ran 13 times and finished with 95 and 80 yards, respectively. The rushing yards and touchdown are career-highs for Adams.
On the defensive side, Olszewski led the team in tackles with 11 while also recording the interception and two pass-breakups. Linebacker Greg Button followed in tackles with 10, three coming for a loss. Defensive back Evan Tompkins also recorded an interception while defensive lineman Jake Wirsching recorded a fumble.
Bemidji State finished with 478 total offensive yards compared to Mary’s 342. The Beavers totaled 217 passing yards compared to 299 for the Marauders, and 261 yards rushing compared to 43. The turnover battle proved costly as the Marauders’ three turnovers led to 12 points while the Beavers’ one did not yield any.
The Beavers begin travel for a two-game road trip next week at 1 p.m. while visiting University of Minnesota, Crookston at Ed Widseth Field.
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).