Beavers look to get off on the right foot at Wayne State
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Beavers look to get off on the right foot at Wayne State

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University football team opens its 89th season of competition Saturday when it travels to Wayne, Neb. of a 1 p.m. NSIC match up with Wayne State College.

• Entering the 2014 season, Bemidji State will look to its defense to win games for it.  Returning eight players to a defense that ranked fifth in the NSIC total defense a year ago, allowing 371.3 yards per game and surrendered 151 rushing yards per game to rank fourth in the league.

• Prior to the 2014 season, BSU senior safety Scott Christensen and senior defensive linemen J.J. Rienke and Dan Kiebler were honored as Preseason Al-American’s by USA Football Network, Inc.

• A year ago the Beavers were the least penalized team in the NSIC and sat fourth in the nation averaging just 29.4 penalty yards per game.

• Jordan Hein, a freshman transfer from Northern Iowa, will gain his first start in the green and white Saturday versus Wayne State. He becomes the first freshman signal caller to start a season opener in more than 15 years.  Last season, Ryan Shields started four games for the Beavers and played in the opener, but was not the starter on day one.

• Head Coach Jeff Tesch is 13-5 in season-openers at Bemidji State.

• Bemidji State has won its last seven season-opening games, including a 34-27 overtime stunner last year at Winona State.  BSU’s last season-opening loss came at Minnesota Duluth Sept. 1, 2007, 31-14.

• Since 1999, Bemidji State is 67-7 when scoring in excess of 30 points. The Beavers are also 67-7 when holding their opponents to fewer than 20 points.

• Bemidji State is 7-10 all-time versus Wayne State, including a 2-5 mark in Wayne, Neb. BSU’s last win on the Wildcat’s home turn came by the score of 40-37 Oct. 15, 2006.

• The BSU-WSC series has traditionally been a high scoring affair. In eight of the previous 17 meetings, the teams have combined for more than 50 points, including a 90-point affair  Sept. 18, 1999. The Beavers were victorious in the game, 52-38.

• Though Bemidji State has averaged nearly 28 points per game when playing WSC in Bemidji, Minn. or neutral site locations, the Beavers have struggled to score points at WSC. BSU has managed to score just over 14 points per game at Bob Cunningham Field.

• Bemidji State is coming off a 3-8 season in which the Beavers posted a 1-6 record in NSIC North play and recorded its first losing season since 2008 and just its second since 1997.

• Since 2000, BSU is 39-34 on the road, including a 6-3 record in season openers on the road.