Beaver Football rolls heading into NSIC North matchup versus Marauders

Beaver Football rolls heading into NSIC North matchup versus Marauders
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Beaver Football rolls heading into NSIC North matchup versus Marauders

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University football program is clicking on all cylinders heading into the second game of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division schedule Saturday, Oct. 7 against University of Mary in Bemidji, Minn. The Beavers are looking for their fourth straight win against the Marauders with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m. from Chet Anderson Stadium.

The Series
Bemidji State leads the all-time series against U-Mary, 7-4, and has won three straight meetings. BSU set a single-game program record with 480 rushing yards in a 52-3 win during the last meeting Oct. 1, 2016. The series first began Oct. 7, 2006 in Bemidji, a 27-21 win for the Marauders.

Head Coach Brent Bolte, in his second season as BSU’s head coach, is 12-5 since taking the reins of the program. His 12 wins since 2016 are the most for any BSU head coach in their first 17 games. Bolte has helped the Beavers average 47.1 points per game at home in his second year as head coach.

The Teams
Bemidji State:
The Beavers will attempt to push its first winning streak of the season to three games after taking down the Golden Eagles of University of Minnesota Crookston, 56-0, Saturday, Sept. 30 in Crookston, Minn. The shutout was the program’s first since a 49-0 win over Minot State University Nov. 10, 2012. Both the offense and defense continued to roll while totaling over 500 yards on offense and allowing just 104 yards to UMC. The offense and special teams got the ball rolling in the second quarter with 27 points to take a 33-0 lead heading into the half. Junior kicker Isaac Aanerud converted three field goals on the day from 50, 47 and 42 yards while totaling 12 points in the game. The “Gang Green” defense added the next two touchdowns on an interception return and fumble return on back-to-back possessions midway through the third quarter to extend the lead, 49-0. The defensive unit forced eight three-and-outs on 10 UMC punts throughout the game.

Senior wide receiver Blake Holder played a large part in the Beavers’ first half success with two touchdown receptions, first a 29-yard catch early in the first quarter and a 33-yard grab late in the second. Holder and junior wide receiver Christian Lunde each topped 100 yards, Holder with 120 and Lunde with 119. Senior quarterback Jordan Hein threw to Holder and Lunde, and also found senior wide receiver Brad Birchfield for a touchdown in the second quarter while finishing the day with three touchdown throws. Hein added 301 passing yards for his first 300-yard game since the season-opener.

Senior corner back EJ Olszewski led the charge against the Golden Eagles with a single-game program record three interceptions, returning one 26 yards for a touchdown midway through the third quarter. Sophomore Cole Schmitz added another return for a touchdown on the following possession as sophomore defensive end Alex Hoffman recorded a strip-sack to set up Schmitz’s 13-yard touchdown. Four Beavers recorded sacks on the day, led by junior outside linebacker Justin Van Houtan with 1.5 for a loss of 15 yards. The defensive unit also helped BSU win the time of possession for the first time this season, 32:00-28:00.

U-Mary: The Marauders fell for the fifth straight game to open the season after a 27-19 loss to Minot State University. U-Mary opened the game with two touchdown runs in the first quarter to take a 12-0 lead. The Beavers answered with two touchdown runs of their own in the second for a 12-12 tie at halftime. Quarterback Garrett Weissinger ran for a career-high 86 yards and a touchdown, including back-to-back carries of 20 and 24 yards on the opening drive of the second half. After entering the fourth quarter with a 19-12 lead, the Marauders allowed two more rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter to finish the game.

U-Mary, featuring its triple option offense, ranks third in the NSIC with 225.6 rushing yards per game and 16th with 62.0 passing yards. On the season, the Marauders have attempted just 46 passes. They also rank 15th in the league with 11.4 points scored and 41.2 points 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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