BEMIDJI, Minn. (Chet Anderson Stadium) -- Bemidji State University relied on its defense and running game to come back from an early deficit Saturday to take down St. Cloud State University during Senior Day, 17-10, at Chet Anderson Stadium. Senior quarterback Jordan Hein totaled 111 rushing yards to lead the offense while senior linebacker Trysten Ross totaled two turnovers in the win.
The win signifies BSU’s fifth win in seven years over SCSU, including three straight. This is the first three-game winning streak for the Beavers over the Huskies since 1963-1966. Bemidji State outran St. Cloud State, 199-28, to overcome three first-quarter turnovers and a 7-0 deficit.
Coming off BSU’s second turnover of the game, an interception that set up SCSU at the opposing 31-yard line, the Huskies capitalized with a drive and three-yard touchdown run by quarterback Dwayne Lawhorn. The touchdown was the only one given up by the “Gang Green” defense all game. Despite losing their second fumble of the first half on the next possession, the Beavers answered with a 79-yard drive and 19-yard touchdown pass from Hein to sophomore wide receiver Jacob Anderson to tie the game, 7-7, in the second quarter.
Coming off the opening possession of the second half, SCSU took its second lead of the day with a 19-yard field goal to cap a 13-play, 78-yard drive. Three turnovers on the Huskies’ next four possessions allowed the Beavers to score on back-to-back trips to the red zone and take their first lead of the game, 17-10. On the final SCSU drive of the day, the Huskies were able to keep their hopes alive with a nine-play, 62-yard drive until a fourth and two pass was batted down by junior corner back Gunner Olszewski.
Hein threw the ball just 11 times, completing five for 64 yards and one touchdown to Anderson in the second quarter. He added a season-high 111 rushing yards, which is also his first 100-yard rushing game of the season. Junior running back Andrew Lackowski added an additional 57 yards on the ground with one seven-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Olszewski led the “Gang Green” defense with seven tackles, six solo, and added two forced fumbles, one sack and one pass breakup. Ross and freshman linebacker Gabe Ames followed with six tackles each, while Ross finished with two tackles for a loss, one interception, one fumble recovery and one pass breakup. Senior corner back EJ Olszewski took another interception away from SCSU, his fifth of the season, while finishing with two tackles and two pass breakups.
Bemidji State finishes the 2017 regular season with a road trip Saturday, Nov. 11 at Minnesota State University Moorhead. The 84th Battle for the Axe will begin at 1:00 p.m. from Scheels Field in Moorhead, Minn.
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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).