BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University looks to bounce back from its first loss since October 2017 with a 1 p.m. kickoff Saturday, Sept. 29 at Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb. The Beavers and Wildcats open the first week of interdivisional play in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
- Wayne State holds an 11-8 lead in the series against Bemidji State.
- Both teams have won two of the last four games in the series.
- The series began Sept. 22, 1990, a 22-0 win by Wayne State.
- The Beavers beat the Wildcats in their most recent matchup, 45-17, Sept. 17, 2016 in Bemidji, Minn.
- Head Coach Brent Bolte, in his third season, is 20-7 since taking over the program in 2016.
- Bolte’s 20 wins are the most by any BSU head coach over their first three seasons.
- Bemidji State fell to Minnesota Duluth for the 17th consecutive time following its 26-19 double overtime defeat.
- Senior defensive back Gunner Olszewski became BSU’s all-time leader in solo tackles after tallying 10 against the Bulldogs. The Alvin, Texas native now holds 167 career solo tackles.
- Senior wide receiver Landon Jones recorded his second 100-yard receiving game through his fourth game as a Beaver. He tallied 175 yards on four catches with a 66-yard touchdown reception and leads NCAA Division II with 34.5 yards per catch (among receivers with at least two catches per game). Jones is on pace to break BSU’s single-season record for yards per reception, which was set by Blake Holder in 2016 with 24.53 yards per reception.
- The Beavers continue to be perfect in the red zone, scoring three times (1 TD/2 FG) within the 20-yardline against the Bulldogs. BSU is one of 11 teams with a perfect red zone offense, and leads those 11 teams with 19 red zone trips.
- BSU’s red zone defense is also one of the tops in the nation, ranking second with a 42.9 percent red zone defense. The Beavers held the Bulldogs to 3-of-6 in scoring chances within the red zone and ranks second nationally on the season.
- Saturday’s game against Minnesota Duluth was the first game of the season in which Bemidji State did not have a 100-yard running back.
- True freshman Alec Ogden completed 5-of-10 pass attempts with two touchdowns and 168 yards. The duo of Ogden and junior quarterback Jared Henning combined for 249 passing yards, while BSU leads the nation with a passing efficiency of 187.2.
- The “Gang Green” defense also ranks within the top 10 with a passing efficiency defense of 90.3.
- Bemidji State continued to win the turnover battle against Minnesota Duluth, taking away an interception while not giving away a turnover. BSU ranks second in the nation with a 2.75 turnover margin.
- Despite scoring a season-low 19 points against UMD, BSU ranks tied for fourth in the nation with 48.0 points per game.
- Olszewski ranks third in the nation with a 25.1 punt return average and two returns of more than 35 yards on the 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. He 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 830 career punt return yards and fifth with 11 interceptions. He moved into 10th all-time at BSU in total tackles over the weekend, coming into Saturday’s game against Wayne State with 285.
- 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.
- WSC enters the weekend 1-3 after a 29-7 loss at Concordia University-St. Paul.
- The Thursday night game was delayed twice for two hours due to rain and lightning.
- Junior running back D’andre Vanexel scored WSC’s lone touchdown on a one-yard rush.
- True freshman wide receiver Mason Lee totaled four catches for 70 yards.
- Senior linebacker Romel Hill recorded a team-high 12 tackles.
- The Wildcats come into the weekend 11th in total offense with 354.8 yards per game and fifth in total defense with 362.3 yards allowed per game.
- WSC ranks third in the NSIC with 189.5 passing yards allowed per game and eighth with 172.8 rushing yards allowed per game.
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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).