October 06, 20121st2nd3rd4thFinal
Bemidji State6200329
1st Quarter
MARYTD07:02Pope 9 Yd Pass From Roberson (Ryan kick)
BSUTD01:30Kroeplin 2 Yd Run (Pulkinen missed kick)
2nd Quarter
BSUTD11:11Lee 45 Yd Pass From Rongstad (Pulkinen kick)
BSUTD07:45Kondziolka 42 Yd Pass From Rongstad (Pulkinen kick)
BSUTD03:21Rongstad 15 Yd Run (Pulkinen missed kick)
4th Quarter
BSUFG13:27Pulkinen 32 Yd
MARYTD08:27Steffan 11 Yd Pass From Roberson
Stats at a GlanceBSUMARY
1st Downs2120
3rd Down Conversions7-155-12
4th Down Conversions1-10-2
Passing (Comp-Att)261 (16-24) 307 (28-44)
Rushing (Att)183 (50) 72 (23)
Total Yards444379
Fumbles Lost10
Beavers hold on for a 29-21 victory at U-Mary
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Beavers hold on for a 29-21 victory at U-Mary

BISMARCK, N.D. (Bismarck Community Bowl) -- Lance Rongstad (Sr., QB, Eleva, Wis.) threw for 261 yards and two touchdowns and combined with Dustin Kroplin (Sr., RB, Withee, Wis.) for 155 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground as the Bemidji State University football team rode a strong first half effort to a 29-21 victory at University of Mary Saturday.

After giving up the first touchdown of the game midway through the first quarter, the Beavers scored 29 unanswered points to build a 29-7 lead with 13:27 left in the game. Although UM would put together a fourth quarter rally, it was too little too late and the Beavers earned the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) North victory.

U-Mary was first to get on the scoreboard. 

The Beavers received the opening kick off and moved the ball to UM's 29 yard line, but the Marauder defense would force a turnover on a Rongstad pass and make BSU pay for the miscue.  U-Mary marched 85 yards in 10 plays and Zach Robertson hit Elby Pope for a nine-yard touchdown strike to give the Marauders the lead with 7:02 left in the first quarter.

Bemidji State responded by recording touchdowns on its next four possessions.

The Beavers first score of the game came at the conclusion of a 13-play, 75-yard drive.  Kroplin carried the ball five times for 19 yards, capping the drive with a two-yard touchdown plunge.  BSU would trail 7-6 after the Zach Pulkinen (Jr., K/P, Minot, N.D.) extra point attempt was blocked.

The Beavers would force a three-and-out to regain the ball and spark a seven-play, 71-yard drive to put BSU ahead for good.

Senior Justin Lee (WR, Elgin, Ill.) opened the drive with an eight-yard scamper and after five plays was on the receiving end of a 45-yard touchdown pass from Rongstad. 

BSU would take a 13-7 lead with 11:11 left in the first half after the successful point-after attempt by Pulkinen.

The Bemidji State defense would again make quick work of the UM offense forcing the second punt of the afternoon after another three-and-out.

It would take Rongstand and the BSU offense just 1:35 to stretch its lead to 20-7.  The senior quarterback connected with Brent Kondziolka (Jr., RB, Orland Park, Ill.) for 42 yards and a touchdown on just the third play of the drive.

A third consecutive three-and-out forced by the Bemidji State "Gang Green" defense, set up a five-play 51-yard drive capped by a 15-yard touchdown scamper by Rongstad. BSU would take a 26-7 lead into halftime

The Marauders opened the second half with a 19-play, 88-yard drive, but would come up empty after the BSU defense came up with a tremendous goal line stand. With its back against he wall, the BSU defense stood strong on four consecutive plays from inside the two yard line to put the ball back into the hands of its offense.

After an efficient first half, the BSU offense sputtered, failing to get into the end zone during the final 30 minutes of play. The team added a 32-yard field goal off the foot of Pulkinen to open the fourth quarter but would come up empty on its final six possessions.

The U-Mary offense turned a second BSU interception into a touchdown with 8:27 left in the game and its special teams blocked a BSU punt and recovered in the end zone to cut the deficit to 29-12 with 2:13 left in the fourth, but the Beavers would hold on for the victory.

Bemidji State finished the day with 444 yards of total offense led by Rongstand.  In addition to his 261 yards and two touchdowns through the air, he added 48 yards and a touchdown on the ground.  Kroplin posted his first 100-yard game of the year gaining 113 yards and a touchdown on foot. Kroeplin's touchdown was the 30th of his career to take sole possession of third on BSU's all-time rushing tochdown list. The 100 yard game was the 10th of the senior's career.

Jason Bromm (Jr., LB, South Barrington, Ill.) posted his second consecutive game with nine tackles, which included a tackle for loss.  In addition he was one of four BSU defenders to pull in an interception.

Bemidji State, which improved to 3-3 on the season, returns to Chet Anderson Stadium Oct. 13 to host Northern State University 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).