Beavers close home schedule Saturday against Huskies

Beavers close home schedule Saturday against Huskies
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Beavers close home schedule Saturday against Huskies

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University football closes out its home schedule Saturday, Nov. 4 with a rivalry game against St. Cloud State University. The Beavers and Huskies play the 61st game all-time in the series from Chet Anderson Stadium with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m.

The Series
St. Cloud State leads the series record all-time, 37-20-3, while Bemidji State has taken two in a row and four of the last six. The Beavers came away with a 48-7 win in the two programs’ last meeting Oct. 29, 2016, which was the largest win for BSU in the series history. BSU also won the last matchup in Bemidji, 28-27, on Oct. 24, 2015.

Head Coach Brent Bolte, in his second season as BSU’s head coach, is 15-6 since taking the reins of the program. His 15 wins since 2016 are the most for any BSU head coach in their first 20 games. Bolte has helped the Beavers average 42.2 points per game at home during his tenure as head coach.

The Teams
Bemidji State:
A primetime blizzard froze Bemidji State in its last game out, being shut out 17-0 to University of Minnesota Duluth at Chet Anderson Stadium. The weather brought a shutout to BSU for the first time since the 2013 season while the Beavers could only total 50 yards of total offense. Both teams combined for 90 rushing attempts and just 20 total passes. The Bulldogs found success in the running game with 224 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. Both scores came in the first half, one in each of the first two quarters, while BSU held UMD to just three second-half points. With the win, Minnesota Duluth took control of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division with a 7-2 record overall and 5-0 mark in the division.

The winter conditions stopped Bemidji State’s high-scoring ability by forcing a running attack through the night. Despite averaging 227.0 rushing yards per game entering Thursday’s game, BSU totaled just eight yards against UMD’s defense that allowed less than 100 yards per game entering the contest. The Beavers did find some success when they were able to pass the ball, completing six passes for 42 yards. Thirty-eight of the 42 yards went to two different players, with senior wide receiver Christian Lunde leading the way with 26.

Senior linebacker Niko Daniello led BSU in tackles for the fourth game this season, finishing with a career-high 14 tackles, two tackles for a loss of eight yards and one forced fumble. The “Gang Green” defense was able to force four fumbles and recover two in the sloppy conditions. Sophomore corner back Michael Junker forced two fumbles and ended the night with four tackles. Junior corner back Gunner Olszewski followed Daniello with 13 tackles, including six solo. Senior linebacker Jamison Evans also recorded double-digit tackles with 10, including eight assisted tackles and 0.5 tackles for a loss. BSU’s defense held tough in the second half while allowing just three points and forced one fumble and two turnover on downs through the final two quarters.

St. Cloud State: The Huskies fell behind 21-0 after the first quarter and rallied but came up short in a 21-16 loss to Northern State University. The loss snapped both a three-game winning streak and three-game home winning streak. SCSU trails BSU and UMD in the NSIC North Division while entering the weekend with a 3-2 mark in the division and 6-3 record overall. The Huskies have found success in the second halves of games, outscoring their opponents 144-58.

Running back Gregory Lewis ran for 101 yards and a touchdown, eclipsing the 100-yard mark in each of his last four games. The streak of four games is the longest for a SCSU back since the 2005 season. Quarterback Dwayne Lawhorn sits third in the NSIC with 199.3 passing yards per game. St. Cloud State ranks fourth in the NSIC with 31.9 points per game and sixth with 21.2 points allowed per game.

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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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