|September 22, 2012||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|U. of Sioux Falls||0||0||15||6||21|
|BSU||FG||00:02||Pulkinen 31 Yd|
|SF||TD||00:03||Oates 15 Yd Pass From Perkins (Wieking kick)|
|SF||FG||10:00||Wieking 23 Yd|
|SF||FG||03:59||Wieking 27 Yd|
|Stats at a Glance||BSU||SF|
|3rd Down Conversions||5-15||5-14|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||0-1|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||85 (10-18)||212 (12-26)|
|Rushing (Att)||125 (41)||84 (35)|
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – After taking a 5-0 lead into halftime, University of Sioux Falls scored 21 unanswered points to defeat the Bemidji State University football team 21-5 in Sioux Falls, S.D. Saturday.
The Beavers (1-3, 1-3 NSIC) were without top quarterback senior quarterback Lance Rongstad (Eleva, Wis.), senior center Brett DeLange (Plainfield, Ill.), left guard Jordan Oien (Clearbrook, Minn.), senior wide receiver Jody Henningson (North Aurora, Ill.) and senior wide receiver/return man Beau Wakefield (Butternut, Wis.).
Midway through the first quarter, freshman Connor Quinn (LB, Geneva, Ill.) tackled USF running back Kristian Porter in the end zone to hand the Beavers a 2-0 lead. Unfortunately, the reason USF was pinned at the 1, was because of a Beaver fumble – an issue that has plagued BSU all season. The last time the Beavers scored a safety was against Southwest Minnesota State University Sept. 18, 2010 with a sack in the end zone.
A second quarter junior Zach Pulkinen (P/K, Minot, N.D.) field goal from 31 yards out gave the road team a 5-0 lead with just two ticks left of the halftime clock.
The five first half points would all the Beavers would muster, as USF found an offensive flow and scored 15 points in the third quarter, then added six more in the fourth on four consecutive possessions to take the 21-5 victory.
BSU – who had 11 giveaways heading into the contest - turned the ball over four times, including three interceptions, one of which went for a Cougar score. Junior quarterback Alex Hass (Milaca, Minn.) replaced Rongstad as the starter and went 10-for-17 for 85 yards with two interceptions. He also led the team in rushing with 54 yards.
In all, BSU had 11 first downs, 125 yards rushing and 85 yards passing. USF totaled 296 yards (212 passing), but the Beavers won the possession battle 32:31 to 27:29.
Senior linebacker Cory Crosby (Cold Spring, Minn.) again led the Beavers in tackles with seven, all solo to tie a career-high.
The Beavers host University of Minnesota, Crookston in the annual homecoming game Sept. 29 at 1 p.m.
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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).