Gang Green defense secures Battle Axe win with second half shutout of MSUM

November 09, 20191st2nd3rd4thFinal
Bemidji State7147028
MSU Moorhead0240024
Scoring
1st Quarter
BSUTD13:42Williams 63 Yd Pass From Enright (Hoffer kick)
2nd Quarter
BSUTD14:15Beaulieu 2 Yd Pass From Enright (Hoffer kick)
MSUMTD10:14Richter 71 Yd Pass From Sinani (Diaz kick)
BSUTD07:09Frye 18 Yd Run (Hoffer kick)
MSUMTD03:54Richter 51 Yd Pass From Sinani (Diaz kick)
MSUMTD02:59Gray 45 Yd Run (Diaz kick)
MSUMFG00:00Diaz 22 Yd
3rd Quarter
BSUTD06:33Williams 16 Yd Pass From Enright (Hoffer kick)
Stats at a GlanceBSUMSUM
1st Downs1819
3rd Down Conversions6-164-18
4th Down Conversions0-10-0
Passing (Comp-Att)169 (13-26) 298 (22-46)
Rushing (Att)206 (52) 88 (32)
Total Yards375386
Penalties6-614-30
Turnovers33
Fumbles Lost11
Interceptions22
Possession34:3725:23
Gang Green defense secures Battle Axe win with second half shutout of MSUM
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Gang Green defense secures Battle Axe win with second half shutout of MSUM

MOORHEAD, Minn. (Nemzek Stadium) -- A combined effort of an offensive rushing attack and a stout second-half defense helped secure a 28-24 win by Bemidji State University football over Minnesota State University Moorhead to regain possession of the Battle Axe traveling trophy. Sophomore running back Jalen Frye ran for over 200 yards while sophomore linebacker Yaquub Mohamed led the BSU defense with 10 tackles.

The Beavers started and finished the game strong while taking a 14-0 lead in the second quarter and shutting out the Dragons for the final 30 minutes of play. Over the final half, BSU forced MSUM to four punts, two turnovers, a missed field goal and finished the game by holding off a last-minute drive by the Dragons. MSU Moorhead had 81 yards over the final 1:29 of play, driving to the BSU nine yard line, while an incomplete pass in the end zone ended the game.

BSU either scored or had a chance to score on five of its first seven possessions, adding 21 points on two passing touchdowns from junior quarterback Emmett Enright, one to junior wide receiver Malik Williams for 63 yards and one to sophomore wide receiver Brendan Beaulieu for seven yards, and one rushing touchdown by Frye with two missed field goals in between.

Prior to Frye’s 18-yard rushing score, MSU Moorhead finally found the scoreboard on a 71-yard touchdown reception early in the second quarter. MSUM added two more touchdowns of at least 50 yards before going into halftime with a 24-21 lead. Frye ended the half with 141 rushing yards and finished with a career-high 208 yards on the day. Enright found Williams again, this time from 16 yards out, midway through the third quarter to tally the final points of the game.

Frye became the first Beaver with at least 200 yards rushing in a game since Avery Walker did so in 2013. His 47 carries is also one shy of the program single-game record set by Eddie Acosta in 2003. Frye is now 67 yards shy of earning a spot on the BSU top ten list for rushing yards all-time.

Enright finished the game 13-of-26 passing for 169 yards and three touchdowns while Williams and Beaulieu led the receiving corps with six receptions each. Williams totaled 92 receiving yards compared to 64 for Beaulieu.

On the defense, senior defensive back Michael Junker and senior linebacker Lukas Ruoss each recorded an interception. Junker now has six on the season to lead the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and 15 interceptions during his career. BSU totaled six sacks against MSUM, all coming from separate Beavers. Ruoss followed Mohamed with six tackles while junior defensive tackle Josh Wleh recorded five.

Bemidji State regained the Battle Axe trophy for the third time in the last five seasons. The road team was victorious in the series for the sixth straight season.

Bemidji State closes out the 2019 season Saturday, Nov. 16 with a road trip to face Minot State University. The Beaver Battle begins with kickoff at 1 p.m. from Herb Parker Stadium.

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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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