BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State football program returns to the home turf of Chet Anderson Stadium Saturday, Sept. 15 to face University of Minnesota Crookston in the Highway 2 Rivalry. The Beavers and Golden Eagles meet for the 26th time in the series, during BSU’s annual Shrine Game, with kickoff scheduled for 4 p.m.
- Bemidji State holds a 23-2 lead in the series against Minnesota Crookston
- Bemidji State has won four straight against Minnesota Crookston
- The series began Oct. 29, 1927, a 6-0 win by Bemidji State
- The Beavers shutout the Golden Eagles in the previous meeting, 56-0, Sept. 30, 2017
- Head Coach Brent Bolte, in his third season, is 19-6 since taking over the program in 2016
- Bolte’s 19 wins are the most by any BSU head coach over their first three seasons
- BSU secured its second shutout in the last two seasons with a 66-0 victory over U-Mary.
- Freshmen running backs Sage Booker and Jalen Frye led the way to 422 total rushing yards for BSU. Booker led the team with 163 rushing yards with touchdown runs of 26 and 34 yards. The BSU backfield totaled five touchdowns on the day, including two from freshman running back Sherrod Kpahn.
- The Beavers continued to push the ball downfield against the Marauders with a 66-yard touchdown pass and three total touchdowns of at least 30 yards.
- BSU’s rushing attack ranks third in the nation and first in the NSIC after last weekend’s game at 348.0 yards per game. For the first time in BSU history, two running backs have topped 100 yards in each of the first two games. Senior running back Andrew Lackowski and Frye went over the century mark in the season opener.
- Senior Landon Jones continues to lead the receiving corps after totaling 87 yards against U-Mary. He now has six catches for 189 yards and two touchdowns, of 77 and 66 yards. Jones leads the NSIC with 31.5 yards per reception, among receivers with at least three receptions per game.
- BSU’s aerial attack continues to be efficient as freshman quarterback Brandon Alt threw three first-half touchdown passes against U-Mary. He is now the first quarterback in program history to throw for three touchdown passes in both of the first two games of the season.
- Bemidji State’s offense ranks second in the conference and fifth in the nation with 52.0 points per game.
- The “Gang Green” defense leads the NSIC with a 2.5 turnover margin after four takeaways at U-Mary. BSU’s defensive unit also ranks ninth in the nation with 8.5 points allowed per game.
- Sophomore linebacker Gabe Ames earned NSIC Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career after totaling 13 tackles, 3.0 tackles for a loss of 17 yards and two forced fumbles against Northern State. Ames led the nation in forced fumbles and the conference in tackles for a loss.
- BSU holds an average margin of victory of 47 points over its last four games against Minnesota Crookston. Bemidji State has won four straight in the series and 23 of 25 overall.
- The Beavers enter the 2018 season ranked 5th in the overall NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll and 2nd in the North Division for the third consecutive season.
- Olszewski was selected as the NSIC North Division Defensive Player of the Year and BSU’s Defensive Player to Watch for the second consecutive season.
- Olszewski has previously earned three All-NSIC Defensive First Team honors, All-NSIC Special Teams Honorable Mention, NSIC Newcomer of the Year, Lindy’s Sports Magazine Preseason All-Division II Second Team, Football Gameplan’s 2016 Preseason All-American Team, Conference Commissioner’s Association (CCA) All-Super Region Three Second Team Defense, three NSIC Player of the Week accolades and D2Football.com Defensive Player of the Week, after tying a program single-game record of three interceptions Oct. 31, 2015 at Minot State University.
- Olszewski ranks third in BSU history with 804 career punt return yards, fifth with 11 interceptions and third with 157 solo tackles. He is three tackles shy of reaching the top 10 in program history.
- Lackowski was chosen as BSU’s Offensive Player to Watch in the 2018 NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll after being selected 2017 All-NSIC North Division Offensive First Team.
- Lackowski became the first BSU back to rush for over 150 yards in three consecutive games since Avery Walker did so during the 2013 season. He ran for 100+ yards four times in a span of five weeks last season, including setting career-high marks with 163 yards in week six against U-Mary, 166 in week seven at Minot State and 184 in week eight at Northern State.
- Bemidji State set a new program record with 18 All-NSIC selections in 2017 while 11 student-athletes were named to the NSIC All-Academic Team.
- UMC enters the weekend 0-2 overall after losses at Minnesota State University Moorhead and at home against St. Cloud State.
- The Golden Eagles accumulated 239 passing yards against the Huskies.
- Freshman wide receiver Andy Groebner led the team with six catches for 162 yards and one touchdown.
- Sophomore linebacker Julian Jackson led the defense with 10 tackles.
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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).