Bemidji State, Augustana meet for interdivisional showdown in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Bemidji State, Augustana meet for interdivisional showdown in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Bemidji State, Augustana meet for interdivisional showdown in Sioux Falls, S.D.

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University heads south to face Augustana University in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference interdivisional matchup at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. The Beavers (1-1) come off their largest home-opening win since 1995 to face the Vikings (1-1) who fell in their home- and season-opener two weeks ago.

The Series
Augustana leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 6-2, including the last two matchups. The Vikings took the most recent meeting, 35-14, in the 2015 season opener in Bemidji, Minn., while the Beavers’ last win came Sept. 10, 2011, 30-27 in overtime, when AU was ranked No. 16 in the country.

Head Coach Brent Bolte, in his second season as BSU’s head coach, is 10-4 since taking the reins of the program. He helped guide Bemidji State to a 54-17 win over Concordia University-St. Paul to open the BSU home schedule, the largest home-opening win since 1955 under BSU Hall of Famer Chet Anderson.

The Teams
Bemidji State:
The Beavers flashed its high-scoring and stout defensive potential during the second week of the season with a 54-17 route over the Golden Bears of Concordia-St. Paul. BSU opened the first quarter with 17 unanswered points before heading into halftime with a 40-0 lead. A mix of offensive and defensive touchdowns put the Beavers in comfortable position heading into the second half. The 37-point win was BSU’s seventh game in the last eight to score at least 36 points. Bemidji State received votes in the American Football Coaches Association Top 25 Poll for the third consecutive week to start the season, following behind four other NSIC programs. No. 7 University of Sioux Falls and No. 8 Minnesota State University, Mankato rank among the top 10 while No. 20 University of Minnesota Duluth is the final ranked NSIC team. Winona State University received eight votes compared to two for BSU.

BSU’s top three running backs accounted for 64 percent of the team’s total offensive production with 356 of 558 total yards. Senior running backs Mike Washington and Tahi Nomane each topped 100 yards rushing, led by Washington with 138 yards on five carries with two touchdowns. He ran in his touchdowns from 68 and 52 yards, including a highlight play that was featured at No. 8 on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays of the day. Nomane followed with 103 yards on 10 carries and junior Andrew Lackowski put up 39 yards on nine carries. Lackowski did his damage through the air, recording a 76 yard touchdown reception at the end of the first quarter. Senior quarterback Jordan Hein tossed four touchdowns on the day, two going to sophomore wide receiver Blair Van Ess who now has three receiving touchdowns on the season.

The “Gang Green” defense set itself up for great position to start the second half after holding CSP scoreless through the first two quarters. BSU’s starting safeties helped the unit total five interceptions, as Evan Tompkins and John Vogeler each grabbed two picks. Vogeler took his second interception of the day back 72 yards for his second pick-six of the season. The front seven combined for three sacks on the day and was led in tackles by senior linebacker Niko Daniello with eight.

Augustana: Augustana used a balanced offensive attack in its 28-20 win over Minot State University with 212 passing and 210 rushing yards. The Vikings improved to 11-4 after a loss during the Jerry Olszewski era. Augie had three players with 10+ carries (Singlorant 15, Rubley 12 and Bradberry 10). Kirby Hora recorded 14 tackles against the Beavers and leads the NSIC with 35 tackles on the season. Jordan Determan notched six tackles and recorded an interception returned for a touchdown. Rudolh Sinflorant ran for a career-high 92 yards on 15 carries with his first collegiate touchdown. Ryan Rubley went 22-of-31 passing with 212 yards and one touchdown while adding 12 carries for 49 yards and one touchdown.

The Vikings enter the weekend 12th in the NSIC with 17.5 points per game and 12th with 29.0 points allowed per game. Augie ranks 14th with 274.5 total yards per game and 12th with 399.5 yards allowed per game. Augustana’s rushing is its strong point on offense and defense, ranking 10th in the league with 121.5 rushing yards per game and 8th with 142.5 rushing yards 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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