|October 12, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|SMSU||TD||09:59||Davis 24 Yd Pass From Bouman (Crew kick)|
|SMSU||TD||10:45||Simmons 22 Yd Pass From Bouman (Crew kick)|
|SMSU||TD||03:48||Davis 32 Yd Pass From Bouman (Crew kick)|
|SMSU||FG||10:16||Crew 29 Yd|
|BSU||TD||09:04||Beaulieu 16 Yd Pass From Enright|
|BSU||TD||06:13||Beaulieu 2 Yd Run (Hoffer kick)|
|BSU||TD||02:44||Frye 1 Yd Run|
|BSU||TD||00:10||Williams 27 Yd Pass From Enright|
|Stats at a Glance||BSU||SMSU|
|3rd Down Conversions||7-16||4-13|
|4th Down Conversions||2-5||1-2|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||318 (26-44)||198 (14-22)|
|Rushing (Att)||146 (35)||193 (47)|
MARSHALL, Minn. (Mettke Field) -- In a familiar situation, the connection of sophomore quarterback Emmett Enright and junior wide receiver Malik Williams gave the Bemidji State University football program its second straight final minute win, this week scoring 25 fourth-quarter points in a 25-24 victory over Southwest Minnesota State University.
The Beavers trailed 24-0 heading into the fourth quarter after coming up empty on its first eight drives of the game. On the final four, though, BSU scored four touchdowns highlighted by an 8-play, 61-yard drive that started with 1:38 remaining in the game.
Enright completed three passes for 54 yards while BSU was assisted by two SMSU penalties on the final drive, including an offside call on 4th and 13. On the ensuing 4th down play, Enright stood in the pocket with pressure coming before finding Williams in the back of the end zone for the game-winning 27-yard touchdown.
Just 10 minutes earlier, Southwest Minnesota State had kicked a field goal to go ahead, 24-0, early in the fourth quarter. The comeback began then as Enright found Williams on three straight receptions before a touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Brendan Beaulieu from 16 yards out, putting BSU on the board, 24-6. After a failed two-point conversion, senior defensive back Michael Junker was able to recover an onside kick to set up another 60+ yard drive.
Enright again went to work in the pocket, completing five passes that set up a two-yard rushing touchdown by Beaulieu to bring BSU within 11 points, 24-13. After failing to recover another onside kick, the “Gang Green” defense held SMSU to a three-and-out for the second time in the game to give the ball back to the offense at their own 23-yard-line.
For the third straight time, BSU drove the field behind four passes from Enright. Sophomore running back Jalen Frye capped the 77-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run to bring the Beavers to within one score, 24-19. The “Gang Green” defense again stood strong with 2:43 to play and forced SMSU to four plays and a turnover on downs on a 4th-and-three call to go for the first down, setting up the game-winning drive by BSU.
Bemidji State outgained Southwest Minnesota State through the game, 464-391, although the Mustangs had control of the running game through the first half. The Beavers finished with 318 passing yards and 146 rushing yards compared to 198 passing and 193 rushing yards for the Mustangs.
Enright finished the game 26-of-43 from the pocket for 318 yards and two touchdowns, while Williams became the first Beaver to record at least 10 receptions in a game since 2015. Williams caught 11 passes for 113 yards while Beaulieu recorded eight catches for 110 yards. Frye led the rushing attack with 93 yards on 21 carries.
Sophomore defensive back Gunnar Feldhege paced the “Gang Green” defense with 12 tackles, the most for a Beaver since junior linebacker Gabe Ames late last season. Senior linebacker Lukas Ruoss added 10 tackles with 2.0 tackles for a loss.
Bemidji State returns home for its annual Lions Vision Awareness Game Saturday, Oct. 19 against Winona State University.
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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).