|September 05, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|BSU||TD||10:53||Duffy 18 Yd Pass From Alt (Hoffer kick)|
|BSU||TD||07:57||Frye 3 Yd Run (Hoffer missed kick)|
|BSU||TD||02:41||Williams 5 Yd Pass From Alt (Hoffer missed kick)|
|BSU||TD||09:07||Williams 12 Yd Pass From Alt (Hoffer kick)|
|BSU||TD||03:55||Johnson 13 Yd Pass From Alt (Hoffer kick)|
|NSU||TD||07:47||Cherrier 37 Yd Run (Tschakert kick)|
|Stats at a Glance||BSU||NSU|
|3rd Down Conversions||3-13||5-19|
|4th Down Conversions||1-1||1-3|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||192 (15-27)||181 (25-45)|
|Rushing (Att)||111 (38)||111 (33)|
ABERDEEN, S.D. (Swisher Field) -- Both sides of the ball excelled for the Bemidji State University football program Thursday night as the team took a 33-7 win to open the 2019 season. Freshman quarterback Brandon Alt led the offense with four passing touchdowns while the “Gang Green” defense forced four turnovers to flirt with a shutout in Aberdeen, S.D.
The Beavers commanded the field on their first drive of the game, going 80 yards on 10 plays that ended with an 18-yard touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Brandon Alt to sophomore tight end Bryce Duffy. Duffy caught the pass in the middle of the field on a 4th-and-5 play to put BSU ahead, 7-0.
The “Gang Green” defense took the offense’s lead and opened its first two drives with interceptions that were both returned into the red zone. Junior linebacker Gabe Ames snagged the first interception with a 46-yard return to set up a 3-yard touchdown rush by sophomore running back Jalen Frye before senior defensive back Michael Junker recorded his 10th career interception for a return of 49 yards. Junker’s interception led to a five-yard touchdown reception by junior wide receiver Malik Williams to give Bemidji State a 19-0 lead near the end of the first quarter.
Although Bemidji State was clicking on all cylinders during the first quarter, the team stalled in the second after punting three times and giving away one fumble to head into halftime with the same lead. BSU led NSU in passing yards, 119-70, with 13.2 yards per reception and total yards, 150-115, with 5.8 yards per play.
Alt and the BSU offense found its stride again in the third quarter while adding two passing touchdowns, the first to Williams for 12 yards and his second of the game, and the second to freshman wide receiver DJ Johnson for 13 yards and his first of his career. Alt’s fourth touchdown pass of the game pushed BSU’s lead to 33-0 while the “Gang Green” defense held NSU scoreless through the first three quarters.
Alt finished with 192 passing yards and became the first BSU quarterback to throw four touchdowns in the season opener since Lance Rongstad in 2012. He completed 60.0 percent of his throws with an average of 12.8 yards per completion. Williams led the receiving corps with eight catches for 64 yards and two touchdowns, while sophomore wide receiver Brendan Beaulieu caught two passes for 71 yards in the first half. Frye ran the ball 18 times for 72 yards and one touchdown, averaging 4.0 yards per carry.
Sophomore linebacker Zollie Kaplan led the defense with seven tackles and 1.0 sack while Ames, senior linebacker and freshman defensive back Keontay Shorter each followed with six tackles. Ames, Junker and junior defensive back Jashon Roundtree each recorded an interception while Beaulieu recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff of the second half. Junker’s interception puts the team captain in a tie for eighth all-time at BSU.
Bemidji State returns to Minnesota for its home opener at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 against University of Mary. The game will be broadcast on television by Midco Sports.
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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).