Second straight shutout catapults Beaver Football to 69-0 win

September 15, 20181st2nd3rd4thFinal
Minnesota Crookston00000
Bemidji State2120141469
Scoring
1st Quarter
BSUTD10:02Frye 8 Yd Run (Aanerud kick)
BSUTD07:44Gross 3 Yd Pass From Henning (Aanerud kick)
BSUTD03:39Junker (Aanerud kick)
2nd Quarter
BSUTD13:47Jones 15 Yd Pass From Henning (Aanerud kick)
BSUFG12:09Aanerud 45 Yd
BSUFG04:40Aanerud 35 Yd
BSUTD01:06Kugmeh 8 Yd Pass From Ogden (Hoffer kick)
3rd Quarter
BSUTD09:26Schmitz 2 Yd Pass From Henning (Hoffer kick)
BSUTD03:45Booker 1 Yd Run (Hoffer kick)
4th Quarter
BSUTD12:56Duffy 2 Yd Pass From Ogden (Hoffer kick)
BSUTD02:38King 11 Yd Pass From Ogden (Hoffer kick)
Stats at a GlanceUMCBSU
1st Downs721
3rd Down Conversions4-147-13
4th Down Conversions0-10-0
Passing (Comp-Att)107 (8-23) 135 (15-23)
Rushing (Att)38 (31) 328 (50)
Total Yards145463
Penalties4-226-70
Turnovers72
Fumbles Lost32
Interceptions40
Possession26:5633:04
Second straight shutout catapults Beaver Football to 69-0 win
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Second straight shutout catapults Beaver Football to 69-0 win

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Chet Anderson Stadium) -- The Bemidji State University football program’s “Gang Green” defense continued its incredible start to the season with its second straight shutout in a 69-0 win in the Hubcap Rivalry against University of Minnesota Crookston at Chet Anderson Stadium. Junior defensive back Michael Junker tallied three of the defensive unit’s six takeaways while the Beavers offense totaled two 100-yard running backs.

BSU’s high-powered rushing attack helped gain the initial lead on the Golden Eagles, as redshirt freshman running back Jalen Frye pushed in an eight-yard touchdown. Following a three-yard touchdown catch by junior fullback Matt Gross, his second of the season, Junker brought back the longest interception return in program history with a 100-yard pick-six to push BSU’s lead to 21-0 in the first quarter.

Junker brought in his second interception of the game early in the second quarter, nearly scoring his second pick-six of the game which was called back due to a personal foul penalty. Junker finished the game with three takeaways, one sack and four tackles. The “Gang Green” defense totaled six takeaways on the day as sophomore linebacker Matt Brennan also recorded an interception and senior defensive lineman Alex Hoffman and freshman defensive back Jake West each recovered fumbles. BSU finished the game with four sacks and nine tackles for a loss.

Junior quarterback Jared Henning, making his first start of the season, threw the first quarter touchdown to Gross before touchdowns in the second quarter to senior wide receiver Landon Jones and the third quarter to junior fullback Cole Schmitz. True freshman quarterback Alec Ogden made his first appearance as a Beaver, finishing 10-of-14 passing with three touchdowns and 104 passing yards.

The rushing attack paced the Beavers throughout the day after finishing with 328 yards on the ground and an average of 6.6 yards per rush. The Beavers have totaled two 100-yard running backs in each of the first three games for the first time in program history, as Frye ended the day with 124 yards and true freshman running back Sherrod Kpahn finished with 113 yards. True freshman running back Sage Booker was five yards shy of his second consecutive 100-yard rushing performance.

Frye now has the most rushing yards in a student-athletes first three games at BSU, ending Saturday with 360 on the season, since Tyler Olson ran for 443 yards through his first three games as a freshman in 2004. Bemidji State recorded its second straight shutout for the fourth time since 1950, outscoring its two opponents 135-0. The last time BSU posted back-to-back shutout victories also came in 2004.

Bemidji State hits the road for two straight away games, beginning with a showdown at No. 16 University of Minnesota Duluth at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22.

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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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