Final drive heroics earn Beavers Homecoming dip in Lake Bemidji

October 02, 20191st2nd3rd4thFinal
Augustana2031520
Bemidji State3100821
Scoring
1st Quarter
BSUFG04:47Hoffer 22 Yd
AUGIESAF01:21TEAM
2nd Quarter
BSUFG05:09Hoffer 34 Yd
BSUTD01:38Duncan-Busby 75 Yd Pass From Beaulieu (Hoffer kick)
3rd Quarter
AUGIEFG09:53Guarita 40 Yd
4th Quarter
AUGIEFG11:21Guarita 35 Yd
AUGIETD07:06Epperson 5 Yd Run
AUGIETD01:14Saddler 7 Yd Run
BSUTD00:05Williams 12 Yd Pass From Enright
Stats at a GlanceAUGIEBSU
1st Downs2118
3rd Down Conversions4-154-13
4th Down Conversions1-42-4
Passing (Comp-Att)134 (11-34) 181 (12-25)
Rushing (Att)152 (44) 100 (42)
Total Yards286281
Penalties9-929-77
Turnovers33
Fumbles Lost12
Interceptions21
Possession29:0031:00
Final drive heroics earn Beavers Homecoming dip in Lake Bemidji
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Final drive heroics earn Beavers Homecoming dip in Lake Bemidji

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Chet Anderson Stadium) -- Down by seven points with 74 seconds to play, third-string quarterback Emmett Enright directed the Bemidji State University football team 95 yards and made good on a two-point conversion attempt to earn a 21-20 victory in the Beavers' 2019 Homecoming game.

The victory extended BSU’s Homecoming winning streak to 10 games and earned the 2019 roster a swim in Lake Bemidji.

From the outset the day seemed to be tilted in BSU's favor. The Beavers won the coin toss, received the opening kickoff and methodically assembled a 70-yard drive capped by a Mason Hoffer 22-yard field goal to take a 3-0 lead. The drive chewed up 10:23 seconds of the first quarter.

The Bemidji State "Gang Green" defense forced the Vikings into a three-and-out to get the ball back just moments later.  Despite surrendering a safety after a muffed snap in the end zone, the Beavers dominated play and took a 3-2 lead into the second quarter.

BSU got the ball back just minutes into the second quarter. A BSU offsides penalty gave the Vikings a first down early, but the AU unsuccessfully went to the air and the Vikings’ quarterback was 0-for-4 on the drive, including an incomplete pass on a 4-and-15 attempt that resulted in a turnover on downs.

The Beavers would capitalize on the turnover with a 34-yard field goal make from Hoffer with 5:09 left in the half. The Beavers again used over seven minutes on the clock, piling up five first downs and 66 yards on the drive. Brendan Beaulieu led BSU on the drive totaling 29 rushing yards.

Bemidji State would add an exclamation point before the end of the half, taking a 13-2 lead with 1:25 to go. After Spencer Wehr came up with his first interception of the season, Beaulieu connected with Dhel Duncan-Busby for a 75-yard catch and run. It was Beaulieu’s only pass attempt of the game.

As the second half got underway, BSU good fortune started to change.

The Vikings opened the half with a 40-yard drive that resulted in a 40-yard field goal. AU then forced BSU into a three-and-out to get the ball back but Jake West took the ball back for the Beavers with an interception three plays later. However, on the very next play, Enright was intercepted at midfield. A three-and-out put the ball back in Viking’s possession, but the Beavers recovered a fumble inside the Augustana 10 yard line for a chance to put the game out of reach. Three plays later, Beaulieau went over the goal line with the ball but fumbled into the end zone and Augustana recovered to keep BSU from adding to its lead and took possession on its own 20 yard line with 1:19 remaining in the third.

In their first full possession of the final stanza, the Vikings marched down the field and cut the BSU lead to five points on a 35-yard field goal.

With 11:02 to play, a 59-year kickoff return by Michael Junker set the Beavers up with a short field, but BSU again turned the ball over on downs. The Vikings capped off the ensuing drive with a five-yard touchdown plunge. AU failed on the two-point conversion attempt, but to took a 14-13 lead with 7:06 to play, setting up the late-game heroics.

Enright was 6-for-8 for 59 yards through the air and 11 rushing yards on the final drive, which included a 12-yard touchdown strike to Andre Chisley, Jr. with 4.6 seconds to play. The junior then pitched to running back Makaio Harn, who connected with Matt Gross for the two-point conversion.

The BSU offense was led by Beaulieu, who saw time at quarterback and wide receiver. He totaled a team-best 63 rushing yards, was 1-for-1 passing for 75 yards and a touchdown, and caught three passes for 30 yards. Enright finished 11-for-23 for 101 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, Gabe Ames posted a team-best nine tackles (6 solo) and a pass break up, while Joshua Wleh had eight tackles (3 solo) and 1.5 tackles for loss, including a quarterback sack.

The Beavers improve to 4-1 on the season and 4-1 in NSIC play.

Bemidji State will be back in action Saturday when it travels to Marshall, Minn. for a battle NSIC Southern Division member Southwest Minnesota State University. The game is slated for a 3 p.m. opening kickoff from Mattke Field at the Schwan's Regional Event Center.

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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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