Beavers close 2011 regular season at Minnesota, Crookston
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Beavers close 2011 regular season at Minnesota, Crookston
Setting the Scene
: Saturday, November 12, 2011
Location: Crookston, Minn.
Kickoff: 1:00 p.m.
Stadium: Ed Widseth Field
Stadium Capacity/Surface: 2,000/Grass
Local Radio: WMIS 92.1 FM The River
Play-by-play: Brian Schultz
Analyst: none
Sidelines: none
Internet Audio: and
Local Television: none
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The Game
The Bemidji State University football team (7-3; 6-3 NSIC, 2-3 NSIC North) closes the 2011 regular season Nov. 12 at Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference-foe University of Minnesota, Crookston at 1 p.m. at Ed Widseth Field. The Beavers are coming off a 19-14 upset of then-No 6 St. Cloud State University on Senior Day at Chet Anderson Stadium Nov. 5. The Golden Eagles (1-9; 0-9 NSIC, 0-5 NSIC North) are coming off their ninth consecutive loss after falling to then-No. 15 University of Minnesota Duluth 49-7 in Duluth, Minn.        

The Series
The Beavers and Golden Eagles have met every season since 1998 with a couple meetings in the late 1920s-early 30s when UMC was an Agricultural College and BSU was a Teacher’s College. BSU holds a 17-1 all-time advantage. The Beavers have won the last 12 meetings after falling Sept. 5, 1998 in Crookston, Minn. Bemidji State is 7-1 in Crookston. The two teams developed a traveling trophy in 2004, a Hubcap, to signify their Highway 2 rivalry. BSU is 7-0 in the Hubcap games. More series information on page 6.

The Coaches
Bemidji State: Jeff Tesch
is in his 16th season roaming the sidelines at Bemidji State. He has posted an overall record of 105-67 (.610), which includes a 80-50 (.615) mark in NSIC tilts. In 16 seasons, Tesch has established BSU standards for games coached (172), victories (105), career winning percentage (.610) and conference wins (80). He secured his 100th victory at BSU in grand fashion with a 30-27 overtime upset road victory at then-No. 16 Augustana College Sept. 10, 2011. Prior to his tenure at BSU, Tesch, a two-time NSIC Coach of the Year (1999 and 2006), spent 12 years as an assistant at North Dakota, two on the staff of Central Missouri and one season at Montana State. More Tesch on page 7.

Minnesota, Crookston:
Chuck Moller is in his first season at Minnesota, Crookston after being named the head coach in December 2010. Originally from Eagle Bend, Minn., Moller has built a career coaching football that spans more than twenty years. Most recently he has served as assistant football coach for Phoenix College, with experience as the offensive line at Oklahoma State University (2001-2004); offensive line for tackles and tight ends at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California (1997-2001); tight ends and kicking at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque (1991-1997); as assistant head coach at Texas State University in San Marcos (1989-1991); and at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas (1987-1989).

The Program
Bemidji State’s all-time record is 322-401-24 (.447) dating back to 1926, which includes a 182-252-9 (.421) mark in NSIC play. The Beavers own five conference titles (1947, 50, 57, 59 and 2006) and count the 2006 Mineral Water Bowl as their first post-season appearance. Under the direction of Tesch, BSU has posted winning records in 12 of the last 13 years and have registered 10 consecutive winning home campaigns.

Quick Count
• The Beavers are eighth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 16.4 points per game. Minnesota, Crookston ranks 136th in the nation in scoring offense, posting 15.9 points per contest.
• The BSU ground game ranks fourth in the NSIC and 18th in the nation, averaging 227.9 yards per contest; while the BSU defense ranks first in the league and 13th in the nation in rush defense, allowing 102.9 yards per game.
• The Golden Eagles have the second-best rushing attack in the NSIC and rank 13th in the nation in rushing yards per game with a 235.9 mark.
• Senior safety Brody Scheff was named NSIC Defensive Player of the Week Monday for the second time this season after he posted 19 tackles and forced and recovered a fumble in the 19-14 upset of then-No. 6 St. Cloud State Nov. 5.
• BSU has posted a winning record in 12 of the last 13 seasons under head coach Jeff Tesch. The Beavers also have 10 consecutive winning seasons at home after going 5-1 in 2011 to tie a program record for wins at home (1985 - 5-0 and 2000 - 5-0).
• The Beavers are looking for their eighth win of the season Nov. 12, which would be the sixth under Tesch and eighth in program history.
• The 19-14 win against then-No. 6 St. Cloud State Nov. 5 was the highest ranked opponent the Beavers have beaten in program history.  
• The Beavers defeated two nationally ranked opponents in the same season for the second time in three years, downing Augustana College (No. 16, 30-27 in OT at Augie) and St. Cloud State this season and Winona State University (No. 20, 24-19 at BSU) and Wayne State College (No. 14, 21-10 at BSU) in 2009.
• Junior QB Lance Rongstad is seventh in the NSIC in total offense with 1,234 yards passing and 647 yards on the ground (leads the team). He has 1,881 total yards (188.1).
• BSU has recorded 28 points and 357 yards in 10 opening drives this season. On the flip side, the Beaver defense has allowed 17 points and 285 yards on opponent’s first drive.
• After the opening drive, the Beavers continue to dominate the first quarter, posting 83 points in the opening frame and allowing just 20.
• BSU has scored 24 touchdowns and one field goal on drives more than 60 yards.
• The Beavers have the least penalty yards per game (428 yards, 42.8 yards per game) in the NSIC this season.
• The Beavers are third in the NSIC in time of possession, averaging 31:15 per contest.
• The Beavers are 4-1 this season when junior Dustin Kroeplin rushes for a touchdown and are 17-2 in his three-year career when he finds the end zone from the backfield.
• Scheff is tops in the NSIC and tied for 21st in the nation with five interceptions this season. His partner in crime is Dusty Sluzewicz, who is tied for second in the league in picks with four. Scheff leads the team and ranks sixth in the NSIC in tackles with 90.
• The team has 14 interceptions this season to rank tied for first in the league with St. Cloud State and Augustana College.
• The Beavers are first in the league and ninth in the nation in sacks allowed (0.9 sacks allowed/game).
• Senior Cory Immerman (OL) and junior Brian Leonhardt (TE) were named to the Consensus Draft Services 2011 Preseason All-America Honorable Mention Football Team.
• BSU returned nine all-conference players to the 2011 roster.