October 08, 20111st2nd3rd4thFinal
Concordia-St. Paul00707
Bemidji State776020
1st Quarter
BSUTD05:00Kroeplin 3 Yd Run (Pulkinen kick)
2nd Quarter
BSUTD09:15Abram 56 Yd Pass From Rongstad (Pulkinen kick)
3rd Quarter
CUTD09:10Gilbert 46 Yd Pass From Russo (Obarski kick)
BSUTD04:09Rongstad 10 Yd Run (Pulkinen missed kick)
Stats at a GlanceCUBSU
1st Downs2112
3rd Down Conversions5-135-11
4th Down Conversions3-40-0
Passing (Comp-Att)368 (21-33) 106 (5-13)
Rushing (Att)74 (36) 175 (38)
Total Yards442281
Fumbles Lost20
Timely turnovers guide Beavers to 20-7 homecoming victory
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Timely turnovers guide Beavers to 20-7 homecoming victory
BEMIDJI, Minn. (Chet Anderson Stadium) – Six turnovers forced inside its defensive 20 yard line by the Bemidji State University ‘Gang Green’ defense guided the Beavers to a 20-7 homecoming victory Saturday against Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference foe Concordia University, St. Paul. BSU posted four interceptions (at the BSU 15, two at the BSU 5 and one in the end zone) and forced two fumbles (both inside the BSU 5) made the difference on the scoreboard, despite the Beavers getting out-gained offensively 442-281.

CU led first downs 21-13, ran more plays 69-51 and led possession time 33:12-26:48, but posted 10 penalties (80 yards) and had six turnovers to BSU’s seven penalties (57 yards) and zero turnovers. BSU is now 11-5 in homecoming games under head coach Jeff Tesch. BSU has a homecoming tradition of jumping into Lake Bemidji after a victory that started in 1995. Since then they have a 12-5 record.

The Beavers are now 5-1, starting that way for the first time since 2004. BSU is 4-1 in conference play for the first time since 2006 when it went 8-0 in the NSIC and won the conference championship. The Beavers posted six turnovers in the season opener against Minot State University. BSU has now held its opponent to seven points or less three times this season (3-0) and are 29-0 when doing so since 1999.

Senior safety Brody Scheff (Waconia, Minn.) totalled a career-high three interceptions (all in the second half) to become the first BSU player to record three or more picks in a game since Corey Brewer did so versus Wayne State College Nov. 6, 2004. Two picks came at the BSU 5 and the other was in the end zone. He also recorded 11 tackles (six solo) to rank second on the team and posted his second sack of the season (-5 yards). The three picks is the most by any NSIC player in a game this season. He has five on the this year.

Freshman defensive lineman J.J. Reinke (New Prague, Minn.) posted a career-high three sacks (-28 yards) to become the first BSU player to get to the quarterback three times in a game since Jake Anderson posted three sacks versus St. Cloud State University Oct. 2, 2009.

The Beavers allowed the Golden Bears 49 yards on their opening drive before picking CU quarterback Spencer Ohm at the BSU 15. Senior safety Dusty Sluzewicz (Homer Glen, Ill.) picked his then-team-leading fourth pass of the season and returned it six yards to hand the ball to the BSU offense for the first time.

The BSU offense started at the Beaver 21-yard line and marched 79 yards to the end zone to open a 7-0 lead. Junior running back Dustin Kroeplin (Withee, Wis.) crossed the goal line for the sixth time this season on a three-yard run. The drive totaled 13 plays in 5:56 clock time.

On the next CU drive, the ‘Gang Green’ defense again allowed the Golden Bears into BSU territory, this time all the way down to the one yard line before forcing a fumble and freshman Wayne Paulus (DL, Belgium Wis.) recovering at the BSU one.

The Beavers punted on the ensuing possession, but found the end zone on the next drive, again going 79 yards, but this time in only four plays as junior quarterback Lance Rongstad (Eleva, Wis) found senior wide receiver Cameron Abram (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) for a 56-yard catch-and-run to the end zone. It was the first score for Abram this season and the longest touchdown pass for Rongstad in his career.

The final drive of the half for CU again ended on a turnover, as sophomore linebacker Buckley Wright (Sioux City, Iowa) knocked the ball out of Ohm’s hand on the BSU eight yard line and after both teams kicked around the ball to try and recover it, sophomore Larry Miller (CB, Dallas, Tex.) finally fell on the ball at the BSU 30 with just 10 seconds remaining on the game clock. BSU took one snap and downed the ball to run out the clock and go into halftime with a 14-0 lead.

The Golden Bears got on the board on their first possession of the second half with a 11-play, 82-yard drive to the end zone. The Beavers responded on their ensuing possession, getting all 68 yards to the end zone on the ground. The drive was capped by 10-yard scamper by Rongstad. Sophomore Zach Pulkinen’s (K, Minot, N.D.) extra point attempt was blocked and BSU was up 20-7.

The score would stay 20-7 to the final whistle as the Beaver defense continued to pick-off the Golden Bears. Scheff had his first interception of the game in the end zone late in the third quarter as Ohm threw up a pass into the corner of the end zone from 25 yards out and Scheff came down with the ball. His second pick came halfway though the fourth quarter as CU was driving and his third pick iced the game for the Beavers, sprawling out for a diving interception at the BSU five with just 1:14 left on the clock. In all, CU had 10 possessions and six ended with a turnover.

Kroeplin led the team with 72 rushing yards on 17 attempts. Rongstad posted 52 yards on the ground, while going 5-for-13 through the air for 106 yards and a score. Junior Cory Crosby (LB, Cold Spring, Minn.) led the team in tackles with 12 (four solo).

BSU returns to Chet Anderson Stadium Oct. 15 for a 1 p.m. tilt at Chet Anderson Stadium agonist Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).