|September 08, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|University of Mary||0||0||0||0||0|
|BSU||TD||11:54||Kugmeh 7 Yd Pass From Alt (Aanerud kick)|
|BSU||TD||04:23||Booker 26 Yd Run (Aanerud kick)|
|BSU||TD||00:57||Anderson 37 Yd Pass From Alt (Aanerud kick)|
|BSU||TD||13:03||Jones 66 Yd Pass From Alt (Aanerud kick)|
|BSU||TD||10:36||Booker 34 Yd Run (Aanerud kick)|
|BSU||TD||02:40||Gross 3 Yd Run (Aanerud kick)|
|BSU||TD||00:53||White 28 Yd Pass From Henning (Aanerud kick)|
|BSU||FG||08:59||Aanerud 26 Yd|
|BSU||TD||08:50||Kpahn 12 Yd Run (Hoffer kick)|
|BSU||TD||03:30||Kpahn 1 Yd Run (Hoffer kick)|
|Stats at a Glance||BSU||MARY|
|3rd Down Conversions||7-12||3-17|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||1-3|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||205 (12-19)||262 (28-47)|
|Rushing (Att)||422 (53)||0 (23)|
BISMARCK, N.D. (MDU Resources Community Bowl) – The rushing attack and defense for Bemidji State University excelled for the second straight game to push the program to a 66-0 win at University of Mary Saturday afternoon. The Beavers finished with their second shutout in as many seasons and also its second straight performance with two 100-yard running backs.
Bemidji State was clicking on all cylinders from the start of the game as the “Gang Green” defense forced a three-and-out after the first possession of the game. Senior Gunner Olszewski took the ensuing punt return back 59 yards, before finishing the day with 99 punt return yards. The positive field position set up the first of three first-half touchdown passes by redshirt freshman quarterback Brandon Alt. Alt found sophomore wide receiver Mannie Kugmeh from seven yards out and a 7-0 lead.
After a BSU punt on its next possession, the Beavers offense scored on seven straight possessions, including six straight touchdowns. Alt threw touchdowns of 37 yards to junior wide receiver Jacob Anderson and 66 yards to senior wide receiver Landon Jones. Junior quarterback Jared Henning threw BSU’s final touchdown pass of the first half, hitting senior wide receiver Jamison White on a 28-yard connection.
The Beavers rushing attack accounted for 249 yards in the first half and rushing touchdowns by freshman running back Sage Booker and redshirt freshman running back Jalen Frye. Booker ran in two touchdowns from 26 and 34 yards out while Frye totaled 102 rushing yards during the first half. Junior fullback Matt Gross also added a touchdown late in the second quarter.
Bemidji State finished the day rushing for 422 yards, the most for the program since running for 480 yards Oct. 1, 2016 at U-Mary. For the second straight game, BSU also finished with two 100-yard running backs, as Booker led the team with a career-high 162 yards followed by Frye with his second straight 100-yard performance of 127 rushing yards. The Beaver backfield totaled five touchdowns, including two second-half scores by freshman running back Sherrod Kpahn.
Alt exited the game after the first half with his second straight three-touchdown passing performance, the first Beaver quarterback to do so since at least 1999. Alt threw for 149 yards on six completions, while Henning also ended the game with six completions for 56 yards and one touchdown.
Saturday’s shutout is the program’s second in as many seasons. BSU had previously totaled one shutout from 2012-16.
Bemidji State returns to Chet Anderson Stadium Saturday, Sept. 15 to host University of Minnesota Crookston in the Highway 2 Rivalry. The Beavers and Golden Eagles kick-off at 4 p.m. in the 26th game of the series.
Bemidji State heads back to the field Saturday, Sept. 8 against former Beaver Football offensive coordinator and current University of Mary head coach Craig Bagnell. BSU and U-Mary kicks off at 2 p.m. from NDU Resources Community Bowl in Bismarck, N.D.
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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).