BEMIDJI, Minn. (Chet Anderson Stadium) -- The Bemidji State University football team piled up 558 yards of total offense, including 316 on the ground, en route to a 54-17 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference victory over Concordia University-St. Paul, Saturday at Chet Anderson Stadium.
Bemidji State totaled 316 of its total yardage on the ground, led by senior running backs Mike Washington with 138 rushing yards on five carries and two touchdowns and Tahi Nomane with 103 rushing yards on 10 attempts. The Beavers reached two student-athletes with at least 100 yards rushing for the first time since Oct. 5, 2016 against Minot State.
The “Gang Green” defense held its ground throughout the day, including a shutout in the first half, while forcing five interceptions. Senior safety Evan Tompkins nabbed two picks while junior safety John Vogeler did the same, turning one into a touchdown. The defense as a unit held Concordia-St. Paul to 3.8 yards per play and 102 yards rushing.
Senior quarterback Jordan Hein opened scoring with a 21-yard pass to sophomore wide receiver Blair Van Ess less than three minutes into the first quarter. Junior running back Andrew Lackowski joined in on the scoring with his only reception of the day, a 76-yard catch and run to put the Beavers up, 17-0, to end the first quarter.
Washington made the play of the day early in the second quarter as he took a handoff from Hein, running across the formation before stopping in his tracks, breaking tackles and reversing field. Washington hit contact after finding a crease and was able to bounce off a player on the ground to pop up and run in a 68-yard touchdown.
Van Ess was again on the receiving end of a Hein touchdown pass just before halftime, this time from 28 yards out, for his third total touchdown of the season. Vogeler capped off a the high-scoring half with a pick-six that went for 72 yards. His second defensive touchdown of the season gave BSU a 40-0 lead at the halftime break.
Washington added his second touchdown, a 56-yard run, in the third quarter before Hein threw his fourth touchdown pass of the game to sophomore fullback Matt Gross for BSU’s final points of the day.
Hein finished with 242 yards passing on 16-of-30 throws with four total touchdowns and no interceptions. His passing streak of at least 250 yards and total offense streak with at least 300 yards ended after the game, which dates back six games to Oct. 22, 2016 against University of Minnesota Duluth.
The Beavers improve to 1-1 overall on the season while the Golden Bears drop to 1-1. Bemidji State moves on to face Augustana University at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. The Beavers play their final road game against NSIC South Division opponents in Sioux Falls, S.D. at Kirkeby-Over Stadium
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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).