|November 07, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|UMD||TD||11:16||Walker 14 Yd Run (Brees kick)|
|UMD||TD||08:48||Ricci 15 Yd Run (Brees kick)|
|BSU||TD||05:57||Hein 1 Yd Run (Aanerud missed kick)|
|BSU||FG||14:12||Aanerud 27 Yd|
|Stats at a Glance||UMD||BSU|
|3rd Down Conversions||4-16||2-14|
|4th Down Conversions||3-6||2-6|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||102 (10-20)||135 (15-35)|
|Rushing (Att)||194 (51)||46 (33)|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (Chet Anderson Stadium) -- The Bemidji State University football team scored the final nine points Saturday against University of Minnesota Duluth, but first-quarter points allowed led to the 14-9 loss in Chet Anderson Stadium.
The Beavers (6-4, 5-1 NSIC North) “Gang Green” defense shut out the Bulldogs (7-3, 5-1 NSIC North) during the final three quarters of play. The unit held UMD to 185 yards through that stretch, but early turnovers proved the difference-maker in the game. Special teams plays limited BSU’s offensive opportunities while allowing UMD to earn more yardage.
Quarterback Jordan Hein was intercepted on his first pass from scrimmage on the UMD 45, his first interception since Sept. 19, leading to the Bulldogs' first score. UMD's Darren Walker rushed for 25 yards on the drive and capping it off with a 14-yard score. The Bulldogs put up their second score following a botched Beavers punt attempt. UMD took advantage of the turnover while scoring on the next play to take a 14-0 lead.
Bemidji State's defense held up during the rest of the half, only allowing Minnesota Duluth in the opposing territory once. Senior Mario Stephens forced a fumble mid-way through the second quarter to set up the Beavers' only score of the first half. BSU drove 27 yards while scoring on a quarterback sneak from the one-yard-line. The extra point attempt was blocked to bring the halftime score to 14-6.
Minnesota Duluth converted three of six fourth-down plays, all coming by the hands of Bulldogs’ punter Andrew Brees. Brees ran for two first downs on fake punts while adding a pass completion on a fourth and nine in the fourth quarter. The special teams plays extended drives for UMD, ultimately creating a longer field for BSU.
The Beavers’ defense recorded two turnovers, the second coming late in the third quarter to set up a short field for the offense. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Minnesota Duluth advanced Bemidji State to the UMD 14-yard-line. The offense was stopped entering the fourth quarter to hold the unit to a field goal and a five-point deficit.
Bemidji State saw the ball on three possessions following the field goal, but came up empty each time. The final hope came with 16 seconds remaining in the game as Hein attempted four passes, the first three of which were incomplete. Wide receiver Brady Schmidt attempted a lateral on the final play of the game that was stopped immediately at the 50-yard-line.
BSU finished with 181 yards of total offense while allowing 296 to UMD. The Beavers out-passed the Bulldogs, 135-102, while each team recorded two turnovers. Hein threw for 135 yards on 15-of-35 passing while wide receiver Juwaan Richard led the unit with six receptions and 39 yards.
Defensive back Evan Tompkins led the game with nine tackles, one for a loss of eight yards. Fellow defensive back Kameel Al-Khouri and linebacker Colton Blascyk followed with eight. Al-Khouri recovered one fumble forced by defensive lineman Mario Stephens, while linebacker Josh Tismer tallied one interception.
Prior to the game, Bemidji State celebrated the careers of six seniors, playing in their final game at Chet Anderson Stadium: Linebacker Colton Blascyk, linebacker Greg Button, wide receiver Jordan Noskowiak, defensive lineman Chris Otsby, running back Tony Peterson and defensive lineman Mario Stephens.
Bemidji State travels to Northern State University next week with hopes of the NSIC North Division title still in mind.
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)