Bemidji State travels across Highway 2 to face Minot State Saturday

Bemidji State travels across Highway 2 to face Minot State Saturday
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Bemidji State travels across Highway 2 to face Minot State Saturday

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The 19th all-time game of the Beaver Bash pits Bemidji State University against Minot State University Saturday, Oct. 14 at Herb Parker Stadium in Minot, N.D. The Beavers of BSU (4-2, 2-0 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North) are going for a four-game winning streak with a 1 p.m. kick-off against the Beavers of MiSU (1-5, 1-1 NSIC North).

The Series
Bemidji State holds a commanding lead in the series all-time with a 17-1 record that began Sept. 4, 1999. BSU’s only loss in the series to MiSU came three seasons later in Bemidji, Minn. Since that loss, Bemidji State has won 14 straight games against Minot State and all nine contests held in Minot.

Head Coach Brent Bolte, in his second season as BSU’s head coach, is 13-5 since taking the reins of the program. His 13 wins since 2016 are the most for any BSU head coach in their first 18 games. Bolte has helped the Beavers average 46.3 points per game at home during his second year as head coach.

The Teams
Bemidji State:
The Beavers beat the Marauders of University of Mary in Bemidji, Minn., last Saturday, 45-19, in part to a rushing attack that produced two 100-yard backs. A rushing touchdown by Bemidji State opened scoring in the first quarter but was followed by two rushing scores from five yards or less to give U-Mary a 13-7 lead, its only lead of the day. The “Gang Green” defense followed with five consecutive punts forced while the BSU offense ran away to a 31-13 lead during that span. Although U-Mary added another touchdown on a 72-yard pass early in the final quarter, BSU reached at least 40 points scored at home for the sixth straight game with two fourth quarter touchdowns. Of the Marauders’ nine punts on the day, eight came as the result of three-and-outs, which is the second straight week forcing opponents to eight three-and-outs.

Senior running back Tahi Nomane and junior running back Andrew Lackowski each topped the 100-yard rushing mark against the Marauders, led by Lackowski with 163 and followed by Nomane with 100. It is the second game this season two Beavers have recorded at least 100 rushing yards each in a single game. Lackowski finished with two rushing touchdowns and one receiving from senior quarterback Jordan Hein, who ended the game with 194 passing yards and three touchdowns. Hein is on a streak of 115 pass attempts since his last interception in Week Three at Augustana University. Senior wide receiver Christian Lunde, who leads the team in receptions and receiving yards, caught a 27-yard touchdown while sophomore wide receiver Jacob Anderson caught a 28-yard touchdown.

Four Beavers combined for two sacks and 10 combined for seven tackles for a loss, led by senior linebacker Trysten Ross with eight total tackles and an assisted sack. The “Gang Green” defense held U-Mary to just 10 first downs and 215 yards of total offense, while also holding the triple option offense to just 103 rushing yards. The Marauders entered the game averaging 225.6 yards on the ground. The longest drive allowed on the day came off a 72-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter, which was the only play of the drive. Only two drives on the day went for more than four plays as the BSU defense forced nine total punts and eight three-and-outs.

Minot State: After coming off its first win of the season two weeks ago against U-Mary, 27-19, MiSU fell on the wrong end of the same score Oct. 7 against Northern State University. The Beavers fell down 27-5 at halftime but accounted for the only points of the second half, coming off a one-yard touchdown run and an interception returned 21 yards for a score. Minot State forced two turnovers and held its second half shutout after a missed field goal by Northern State. The MiSU offense also gave the ball away once, punted after a seven-play drive and turned the ball over on downs in three possessions in the final quarter.

Minot State’s pass defense is one of the top units in the NSIC, ranking second with just 147.2 yards allowed per game. The secondary has also helped the team rank sixth in the conference with nine interceptions. The Beavers’ offense ranks 14th in the league, though, with 15.5 points scored per game and the defense ranks 12th with 28.8 points allowed per contest.

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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).