ST. CLOUD, Minn. (Husky Stadium) -- Senior running back Andrew Lackowski rushed his way to another 100-plus yard game in 2018 to help the Bemidji State University football program to a 37-24 win over St. Cloud State University, Saturday, Oct. 27 at Husky Stadium in St. Cloud, Minn. Lackowski powered the Beavers offense with his fourth straight 120-plus yard rushing game while the “Gang Green” defense came up with four interceptions to snap BSU’s first losing streak under head coach Brent Bolte.
The “Gang Green” defense sparked the Beavers on Saturday with an interception on the first drive of the day as senior defensive back Gunner Olszewski tipped a pass that was intercepted by freshman linebacker Yaquub Mohamed. The interception set up the Beavers at their own 30 yardline, which was followed by an 11-play, 47-yard drive that ended with a 40-yard field goal by senior kicker Isaac Aanerud.
Two possessions later the Bemidji State secondary came up with its second pick-six of the season as senior defensive back John Vogeler returned an interception 20 yards for a BSU touchdown. The Beavers’ second interception of the day put BSU ahead, 10-0, just before Lackowski’s first of two touchdowns on the day. Lackowski pushed in his eighth touchdown of the season from 21 yards away to extend Bemidji State’s lead, 17-0.
Aanerud was set up for his second of three field goals on the day after Olszewski made his 13th career interception, tying himself for second all-time at BSU. Aanerud converted another field goal, this time from 33 yards away, to help BSU go into halftime with a 23-3 lead against SCSU.
Bemidji State scored touchdowns on two of their first three possessions in the third quarter to extend its lead further, 37-10. Freshman quarterback Alec Ogden found senior wide receiver Landon Jones on a 35-yard touchdown pass before Lackowski scored his second rushing touchdown of the day for BSU’s final points of the day.
Lackowski led the BSU offense with 127 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns, while Ogden found completions to six different Beavers. Sophomore wide receiver Mannie Kugmeh led the BSu receiving corps with five receptions and 77 receiving yards, while Jones was the only Beavers receiver to catch a touchdown pass on the day. Junior wide receiver Jacob Anderson also totaled five receptions, which went for 44 yards. Ogden finished 18-of-32 passing on the day with a career-high 215 passing yards.
The “Gang Green” defense was led by junior defensive back Michael Junker with eight tackles, while Vogeler finished with two interceptions. Freshman defensive lineman Colbey Wadsworth was the only Beaver to record a sack on the day, while sophomore linebacker Gabe Ames recorded BSU’s other tackle for a loss.
Bemidji State closes out the 2018 regular season with two homes games, first against Minnesota State University Moorhead Saturday, Nov. 3 in the Battle for the Axe.
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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).