Beavers shine in rainy conditions to secure 52-7 home-opening victory

September 12, 20191st2nd3rd4thFinal
MARY00707
Bemidji State142171052
Scoring
1st Quarter
BSUTD07:38Kpahn 2 Yd Run (Hoffer kick)
BSUTD02:40Duffy 15 Yd Pass From Henning (Hoffer kick)
2nd Quarter
BSUTD09:04Duffy 30 Yd Pass From Henning (Hoffer kick)
BSUTD07:10Junker (Hoffer kick)
BSUTD06:45Anderson 16 Yd Pass From Henning (Hoffer kick)
3rd Quarter
BSUTD07:22Beaulieu 10 Yd Pass From Henning (Hoffer kick)
MARYTD01:19Vecchi 40 Yd Pass From Nelson (Riggs kick)
4th Quarter
BSUTD14:36Duncan-Busby 68 Yd Pass From Enright (Hoffer kick)
BSUFG02:00Hoffer 19 Yd
Stats at a GlanceMARYBSU
1st Downs823
3rd Down Conversions3-128-15
4th Down Conversions0-01-2
Passing (Comp-Att)166 (11-21) 259 (18-24)
Rushing (Att)31 (27) 237 (46)
Total Yards197496
Penalties5-586-45
Turnovers30
Fumbles Lost20
Interceptions10
Possession26:5233:08
Beavers shine in rainy conditions to secure 52-7 home-opening victory
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Beavers shine in rainy conditions to secure 52-7 home-opening victory

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Chet Anderson Stadium) – In rainy conditions at Chet Anderson Stadium Thursday night, the Bemidji State University football program shined in all phases of the game to cruise to a 52-7 win during its home opener against University of Mary. Senior quarterback Jared Henning threw for a career-high four touchdowns while the “Gang Green” defense forced three turnovers and four sacks.

Bemidji State’s victory was the third highest-margin against UMary in the series history and the ninth time under head coach Brent Bolte that it has scored at least 50 points.

The Beavers jumped out to a 14-0 lead on its first two offensive possessions of the game, as sophomore running back Sherrod Kpahn punched in a two-yard score followed by a 15-yard touchdown reception by sophomore tight end Bryce Duffy. Henning and Duffy connected for the second time on the night following a fumble recovery on a punt that was touched by a Marauder early in the second quarter.

Senior defensive back Michael Junker added his second interception in as many games this season on UMary’s ensuing offensive possession, taking it back 38 yards for a touchdown. Senior wide receiver Jake Anderson closed out scoring in the first half with a 16-yard touchdown to give BSU a 35-0 lead at halftime.

Henning threw his final touchdown of the game midway through the third quarter, a 10-yard reception by sophomore wide receiver Brendan Beaulieu in the back of the end zone. Sophomore quarterback Emmett Enright, playing in relief of Henning, threw the final touchdown of the game to sophomore wide receiver Dhel Duncan-Busby, who caught and ran in a 68-yard score for a 49-7 lead.

Henning finished with 191 passing yards and no turnovers on 17-of-22 throwing with 24 rushing yards. Duffy recorded all three of his receptions in the first half and now has a team-high three touchdown catches on the season. Beaulieu finished with a team-high four catches followed by Anderson with three receptions for 62 yards. Sophomore running back Jalen Frye and Kpahn each totaled 93 rushing yards.

Junker’s interception now ranks him in a tie for sixth all-time in program history with 11 with two career pick-sixes. Senior defensive lineman Seth Zins led the “Gang Green” with six tackles and one sack, while junior defensive lineman Lucas Garbe and  sophomore linebacker Colbey Wadsworth each added a sack of their own.

BSU hits the road for its first Saturday game Sept. 21 at University of Minnesota Crookston. The Beavers and Golden Eagles meet for the 27th game all-time with kickoff scheduled for 12 p.m. at Ed Widseth Field.

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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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