|September 23, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Southwest Minn. St.||7||0||8||7||22|
|BSU||TD||06:15||Ames (Aanerud kick)|
|SMSU||TD||01:35||Payne 2 Yd Run (Crew kick)|
|BSU||FG||12:36||Aanerud 32 Yd|
|BSU||TD||08:03||Lackowski 27 Yd Pass From Hein (Aanerud kick)|
|BSU||TD||01:01||Lunde 16 Yd Pass From Hein (Aanerud missed kick)|
|BSU||TD||00:05||Kugmeh 8 Yd Pass From Hein (Aanerud kick)|
|BSU||TD||07:59||Nomane 16 Yd Run (Aanerud kick)|
|SMSU||TD||00:43||Griffin 2 Yd Run|
|BSU||FG||11:34||Aanerud 23 Yd|
|SMSU||TD||02:32||Griffin 1 Yd Run (Crew kick)|
|Stats at a Glance||SMSU||BSU|
|3rd Down Conversions||10-20||8-15|
|4th Down Conversions||2-6||0-0|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||254 (24-41)||178 (15-32)|
|Rushing (Att)||156 (46)||225 (43)|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (Chet Anderson Stadium) -- For the eighth consecutive year, the Bemidji State University football program took a dip in Lake Bemidji following its 40-22 Homecoming win Saturday against Southwest Minnesota State University at Chet Anderson Stadium. Another defensive touchdown sparked the Beavers' (2-2) fifth straight home game with at least 40 points.
Junior running back Andrew Lackowski paced the BSU attack with his first 100-yard rushing game and averaged 5.4 yards on 21 carries. He finished the day with 114 rushing yards, 41 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown. Senior quarterback Jordan Hein added three passing touchdowns, also finding senior Christian Lunde and redshirt freshman Mannie Kugmeh for their first touchdowns of the season.
The Gang Green defense ran in its third pick six of the season, this time by redshirt freshman Gabe Ames off a pass breakup by junior safety John Vogeler, to begin scoring on the day. Senior linebacker Niko Daniello tallied his second consecutive game with double-digit tackles, leading the defense with 12 and two tackles for a loss.
The Mustangs tied the game after Ames’s first career interception with a nine-play, 60 yard drive late in the first quarter. Running back Ashanti Payne ran in a score from two yards for SMSU’s only score of the first half. The Beavers used a high-scoring second quarter, including two touchdowns during the final 1:01 of the half, to take a 30-7 lead into halftime.
Bemidji State kept Southwest Minnesota State at bay with two more scores in the second half, one in each quarter. Senior running back Tahi Nomane put in his second touchdown of the season on a 16-yard rush, juking out a defender to push upfield for the score. Junior kicker Isaac Aanerud, coming off a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Special Teams Player of the Week honor, made the second of his two field goal attempts on the day from 23 yards out to give BSU its fifth straight 40-point game at home.
Bemidji State returns to the road next Saturday to face University of Minnesota Crookston in Crookston, Minn. The Beavers and Golden Eagles kickoff at 1 p.m. from Ed Widseth Field.
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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).