October 24, 20151st2nd3rd4thFinal
St. Cloud State7146027
Bemidji State1477028
Scoring
1st Quarter
BSUTD11:39Hein 54 Yd Run (Aanerud kick)
BSUTD06:29Richard 5 Yd Pass From Hein (Aanerud kick)
SCSUTD04:49Evans 29 Yd Run (Witte kick)
2nd Quarter
BSUTD08:17Schmidt 32 Yd Pass From Hein (Aanerud kick)
SCSUTD04:49Farris 20 Yd Pass From Meyer (Witte kick)
SCSUTD00:08Farris 3 Yd Pass From Meyer (Witte kick)
3rd Quarter
BSUTD05:44Nomane 5 Yd Run (Aanerud kick)
SCSUTD02:35Thayer 18 Yd Pass From Meyer (Witte missed kick)
Stats at a GlanceSCSUBSU
1st Downs2818
3rd Down Conversions3-108-17
4th Down Conversions1-30-1
Passing (Comp-Att)361 (24-36) 252 (18-30)
Rushing (Att)212 (41) 222 (43)
Total Yards573474
Penalties4-355-56
Turnovers50
Fumbles Lost40
Interceptions10
Possession30:1029:50
Beavers outlast Huskies with five takeaways in 28-27 win
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Beavers outlast Huskies with five takeaways in 28-27 win

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Chet Anderson Stadium) – The Bemidji State University football team continued its five-game win streak, its longest such streak in nine years, Saturday in a 28-27 win against St. Cloud State University in Chet Anderson Stadium. The Beavers (5-3, 4-0 NISC North) beat the Huskies (4-4, 2-2 NSIC North) for the first time in two years and did so by one point for the first time since 1950.

The Bemidji State “Gang Green” defense forced five total turnovers from St. Cloud State, three coming in the second half. The first four came on the Bemidji State side of the field, with the biggest of them all sealing the victory for BSU with 1:41 left in the game. Quarterback Jordan Hein led the way for the Beavers offense, throwing for 252 yards and two touchdowns while adding 136 yards and one touchdown on the ground.

The Beavers jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, scoring the opening touchdown in three plays or less for the fourth time in five games. Hein busted out a career-long 54-yard touchdown run followed by a five-yard touchdown pass to Juwaan Richard, his first touchdown catch of the season, to cap an eight-play, 89-yard drive by the Beavers. The Huskies answered with a touchdown before Hein completed his second touchdown pass of the day, a 32-yard connection with receiver Brady Schmidt.

After the 21-7 lead was built mid-way through the second quarter, the Huskies’ Nate Meyer and Kasai Farris connected for two touchdowns to tie the game heading into halftime.

Both teams scored just once in the second half, after each putting up three touchdowns in the first. Bemidji State struck first as running back Tahi Nomane completed a 66-yard drive with a five-yard touchdown scamper. St. Cloud State followed suit by scoring a touchdown of its own, an 18-yard touchdown pass from Meyer, his third of the day.

On the ensuing extra point attempt, a personal foul penalty was called on the Huskies to force another try from 15 yards behind the original line of scrimmage. The second extra point attempt was blocked by Vince Dinkel, which later proved to be the difference-maker in the game.

The Huskies entered the Beavers’ territory twice following its touchdown, reaching the 23 and 9 yard lines. The first trip was spoiled by Trysten Ross, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Jordan Johnson. On the second trip, instead of attempting a 24-yard field goal to take a two-point lead over the Beavers, the Huskies attempted to convert on a fourth-and-one. Meyer was pushed back two yards in the quarterback’s rushing attempt, forcing a turnover on downs.

The Beavers continued to run the clock down and force the Huskies to use all three of the team’s timeouts. BSU eventually reached the BSU 35 yard line before finding itself in a fourth-and-eight attempt. The Beavers punted the ball away, which was fumbled by the Huskies and recovered by the Beavers. Bemidji State kneeled on the ball to run out the clock on the 28-27 win, the Beavers’ first win over the Huskies since Oct. 27, 2012.

Hein finished with 388 total yards and three total touchdowns, not throwing an interception for the fifth consecutive game. Nomane led the running backs with 60 yards rushing and one touchdown. Schmidt led all receivers with four catches for 60 yards and one touchdown. Leading the team in catches on the season, Richard tallied four on the day for 29 yards and his first touchdown of the season.

Linebacker Colton Blascyk led the “Gang Green” attack with 10 tackles, four solo and six assisted. Defensive back Gunner Olszewski totaled nine tackles on the day with one interception, his third of the season. Linebacker Trysten Ross forced two fumbles on the day with eight tackles, one coming for a loss.

The Beavers totaled 474 yards on the day compared to 573 for the Huskies. Bemidji State put up 222 yards on the ground and 252 through the air. BSU took advantage of red zone opportunities, scoring on two attempts inside the 20-yard line.

Tesch goes for career-win 125 next week while leading Bemidji State in the Battle of the Beavers against Minot State University at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 in Minot, N.D.

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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