CROOKSTON, Minn. (Ed Widseth Field) -- For the first time in the Hubcap Rivalry, Bemidji State University came away with a shutout win against University of Minnesota Crookston, 56-0. The Beavers (3-2, 1-0 Northern Sun intercollegiate Conference North) outgained the Golden Eagles (0-5, 0-1 NSIC North), 512-104, while scoring on two defensive plays to open the NSIC North schedule.
Senior quarterback Jordan Hein led Bemidji State to a touchdown on the first drive of the day, spanning 93 yards on eight plays. Hein completed all four pass attempts, finishing with a 29-yard touchdown to senior wide receiver Blake Holder and a 6-0 lead. While the BSU offense did not score again in the quarter, the “Gang Green” defense forced UMC to two three-and-outs to begin the shutout.
On five second quarter possessions, the Beavers scored on all five to take full control of the game. Junior running back Andrew Lackowski ran in his first rushing touchdown of the season from five yards out while Hein added two passing touchdowns, one to senior wide receiver Brad Birchfield from 14 yards out and Holder’s second touchdown reception from 33 yards out. Junior kicker Isaac Aanerud converted his first two field goals of the day during the quarter from 50 and 47 yards, the latter to close out the first half with a 33-0 lead.
The BSU defense took over in the second half, forcing UMC to three-and-outs or turnovers on all of its third quarter possessions. Senior defensive back EJ Olszewski made his impact felt in the quarter with two interceptions, three total in the game and one going back 26 yards for a touchdown. The two-interception performance is the third time a Beaver has accomplished the feat this season.
Sophomore defensive end Alex Hoffman helped create another scoring opportunity for the defense with a strip sack that led to a touchdown return of 13 yards by sophomore linebacker Cole Schmitz. The fumble return for a touchdown was the first instance for BSU since Connor Quinn did so against Winona State University in 2013. The second defensive score of the day against UMC pushed BSU’s lead further, 49-0.
Hein finished his day with 255 yards passing and three touchdowns while Holder topped 100 yards receiving for the eighth time in his career, tying Anthony Schreiber for second most all-time in BSU history. He finished with 120 yards receiving and two touchdowns on three catches, an average of 40 yards per reception.
BSU held UMC to 104 total yards and forced a total of four turnovers, three coming by interception and one fumble. The “Gang Green” helped the BSU offense by forcing UMC to seven three-and-outs on 10 total punts. The Beavers have now won four straight games against the Golden Eagles and 23 of 25 in the all-time series.
Bemidji State hosts University of Mary Saturday, Oct. 7 from Chet Anderson Stadium. The Beavers and Marauders kickoff the 12th meeting all-time between the programs at 1 p.m. in Bemidji, 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).