BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University football team (2-2; 2-2 NSIC, 0-0 NSIC North) travels west on Highway 2 Oct. 5 to begin Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North play at University of Minnesota Crookston (0-4; 0-4 NSIC, 0-0 NSIC North). Game time at Ed Widseth Field is set for 1 p.m.
2-2; 2-2 NSIC, 0-0 North
Head Coach: Jeff Tesch
At BSU: 115-73 (18th)
Career: 115-73 (18th)
VS UMC: 14-1
0-4; 0-4 NSIC, 0-0 North
Interim Head Coach: Mike Fritze
At UMC: 0-4 (first)
Career: 0-4 (first)
VS BSU: 0-0
Local Radio: 92.1 FM The River • PBP: Brian Schultz • Color: Brian Bissonette
Internet Audio: http://www.wmisfm.com/
Local Television: none
Internet Video: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/bsu.portal
Live Stats: http://www.sidearmstats.com/umcrookston/football/
Series History: BSU, 19-1 • In Crookston: BSU, 8-1 • Last Five: BSU, 5-0
Last Time: BSU, 35-2 • Sept. 29, 2012 • Bemidji, Minn.
Since 2004, BSU and UMC have been playing for a traveling trophy, a Hubcap, to signify its Highway 2 rivalry. BSU is 9-0 in Hubcap games.
• Sophomore linebacker Connor Quinn was named NSIC Defensive Player of the Week after 10 tackles (3.0 for loss) and a fumble recovery for a touchdown at Winona State (Sept. 5). With 43 tackles (20 solo) in 2013, he is tied for first in the NSIC and tied for 25th nationally. He has scored twice, adding an interception for a touchdown against Southwest Minnesota State (Sept. 28).
• Senior K/P Zach Pulkinen was named NSIC Special Teams Player of the Week after his performance against Southwest Minnesota State Sept. 28, which included the game-winning field goal (37 yards) with 48 seconds left in regulation.
• Pulkinen leads the NSIC in punting average. His 45.3 yards per punt is three yards better than second in the league and ranks tied for third in the nation. West Texas A&M’s Kevin VanVoris (48.6 yards per punt) is the national leader.
• Junior safety Scott Christensen is tied for fifth in the conference in tackles with 37 (19 solo).
• Senior running back Avery Walker sits eighth in rushing in the NSIC with 85.5 yards per game. He has a 4.6 yards per rush average and five touchdowns on the ground.
• BSU ranks fifth nationally in least penalty yards per game (29.5 ypg) and seventh in least penalties per game (3.75 per game).
• BSU has reached the red zone seven times and is an efficient 6-of-7 in scoring - 85.7 percentage ranks fourth in the NSIC.
• Both of the Beavers’ wins have come as the result of a fourth quarter comeback. BSU is now 10-45 since 1999 when trailing after the third.
• BSU won 41-40 against Southwest Minnesota State (Sept. 28) to improve to 28-2 when scoring 40-49 points and 3-13 when allowing 40-49 points since 1999.
• With a 34-27 overtime victory at Winona State Sept. 5, BSU improved to 5-2 when playing an extra session under head coach Jeff Tesch.
• The Beavers were 14th in the NSIC in time of possession entering week four, but drastically improved in the category and now sit ninth.
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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).