ABERDEEN, S.D. (Swisher Field) -- Bemidji State University saw a receiver and running back help push the team’s winning streak to five games after a 44-17 win at Northern State University Saturday at Swisher Field in Aberdeen, S.D. Junior running back Andrew Lackowski set a career high for the third straight week with 184 rushing yards while sophomore wide receiver Jacob Anderson caught two touchdown passes to get the Beavers (6-2, 4-0 NSIC North) past the Wovles (3-5, 1-3 NSIC North) for the third consecutive time in the series.
Bemidji State began with the ball and drove down the field with the running game, but the first Beavers’ pass was intercepted to set up Northern State’s first scoring drive of the game. The Wolves drove 67 yards in just four plays to take an early 7-0 lead. The Beavers followed with a five-play, 78-yard scoring drive, sparked by a 46-yard pass from senior quarterback Jordan Hein to sophomore wide receiver Blair Van Ess. Hein threw his first touchdown of the day to sophomore wide receiver Jacob Anderson from 17 yards out.
Anderson also provided BSU’s second touchdown of the day on a 16-yard pass from Hein, after three straight three-and-outs by the “Gang Green” defense. Another three-and-out forced by the BSU defense allowed BSU to drive 49 yards and convert a 24-yard field goal by junior kicker Isaac Aanerud to take a 16-7 lead midway through the second quarter.
Junior corner back Gunner Olszewski picked off his first pass of the season to set up BSU’s next scoring drive, which was culminated by an eight-yard touchdown pass from Hein to senior wide receiver Christian Lunde. Northern State closed out the first half with a field goal to set the halftime score in favor of Bemidji State, 23-10.
Bemidji State scored just two touchdowns in the second half, including junior safety John Vogeler’s third interception return for a touchdown of the season, to solidify the win. Vogeler’s pick-six is his third of the season, which puts him in the lead all-time at Bemidji State for interceptions returned for a touchdown.
Lackowski finished with 184 rushing yards on 17 carries with one touchdown to lead the Beavers. Senior running back Tahi Nomane also topped 100 rushing yards for the third time this season with 115. Anderson caught six passes in the game for 69 yards, including his two touchdown receptions. Hein ended the game with 197 passing yards and three touchdowns on 16-of-24 passing.
Olszewski finished with the team’s top total of tackles for the second time with 10. Sophomore defensive lineman Alex Hoffman followed Olszewski with a career high eight tackles and one sack. BSU finished with three interceptions against Northern State by Olszewski, Vogeler and junior corner back Andrew Walock.
Bemidji State returns home for two of its final three weeks of the season, first facing University of Minnesota Duluth Thursday, Oct. 26 at 7:05 p.m. The Beavers are looking to snap a 15-game losing streak to the Bulldogs with bragging rights for the top of the NSIC North Division on the line.
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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).