No. 25 Beavers host Wolves in '15 North Division title rematch

No. 25 Beavers host Wolves in '15 North Division title rematch
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
No. 25 Beavers host Wolves in '15 North Division title rematch

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University football program hosts its annual Lions’ Vision Awareness Game against Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference foe Northern State University, a rematch of the 2015 NSIC North Division title game. The Beavers enter ranked No. 25 in the American Football Coaches Association Top 25 Coaches’ Poll and No. 23 in the D2Football.com Top 25 Media Poll.

The Series
The Beavers and Wolves face each other for the 40th time ever, a series record that sits tied at 19-19-1. Bemidji State owned the series early, which began Sept. 27, 1957, winning five of the first eight games. Over the past 16 seasons, the Beavers have continued to win versus the Wolves, taking 12 victories over that span. BSU most recently used a second half shutout against NSU during the 2015 season to secure the program’s second NSIC North Division title since 2012.

Interim Head Coach Brent Bolte, in his 18th season overall at BSU, is 4-1 since taking the reins of the program. He helped guide Bemidji State to a 45-17 road upset over previously No. 6 ranked Minnesota State University Mankato.

The Teams
Bemidji State:
The Beavers re-entered the AFCA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll at the No. 25 spot after falling out for one week. BSU also makes their first appearance in the D2Football.com Top 25 Media Poll since 2007, coming in at No. 23. Bemidji State bounced back from a one-point, last-second loss at No. 9 University of Sioux Falls to trounce University of Mary, 52-3. The win over the Marauders opened the NSIC North schedule and proved to be a record-setting day. BSU set a program record 480 rushing yards, including six touchdowns on the ground, while senior running back Gena Adams set a career high with 179 rushing yards and two touchdowns. He currently ranks fifth in the NSIC in rushing at 104.4 yards per game.

As compared to the quick starts during the first four games of the season, the Bemidji State offense got off to a rather slower start against U-Mary. After Adams ran for an 86-yard touchdown, the offense found its groove and scored eight touchdowns on the following 14 drives, including five consecutive touchdown drives to open the third quarter. Junior quarterback Jordan Hein finished with 101 rushing yards while junior running back Michael Washington added career highs with 82 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Vince Dinkel caught three passes for 65 yards and one touchdown.

The “Gang Green” defense was lights out against U-Mary, forcing 12 punts, seven three-and-outs and two turnovers while allowing a season-low three points. Sophomore corner back Austin Contreras recorded his first interception of the season while junior linebacker Jordan Johnson recovered his first fumble of 2016. The Beavers look to return preseason all-american corner back Gunner Olszewski from injury to further lock down opposing receivers.

Northern State: The Wolves enter the week with a 3-2 record overall and two consecutive wins. Northern State most recently took down Minot State University, 41-28, to open the NSIC North schedule. The Wolves pulled away to a 28-7 halftime lead against the Beavers, which was enough to hold off a second half comeback by MiSU. Junior running back Nicholas Truen rushed for a career-high 204 yards one 21 carries. Senior quarterback Christian McAlvain threw for 168 yards and two touchdowns on nine pass completions.

NSU ranks seventh in the NSIC in scoring offense with 32.8 points per game and sixth in scoring defense with 26.6 points allowed per game. The Wolves’ rushing attack ranks two spots behind the Beavers at fourth with 225 yards per game. NSU allows the fourth lowest rushing yards in the league at 120 per game while allowing the sixth most passing yards at 267.2 per game. Truen ranks fourth in the NSIC in rushing at 105.6 yards per game.

A GLANCE AHEAD
Bemidji State hosts homecoming weekend against Minot State University for the 18th installment of the “Beaver Bash”. BSU has won 16 of the 17 games in the series, including 13 consecutive. The Beavers face off at 2 p.m. from Chet Anderson Stadium with homecoming festivities taking place throughout the BSU campus.

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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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