September 13, 20141st2nd3rd4thFinal
Sioux Falls141002852
Bemidji State0019019
1st Quarter
SFTD10:07Garcia 3 Yd Run (Hatfield kick)
SFTD03:18Garcia 64 Yd Run (Hatfield kick)
2nd Quarter
SFFG12:36Hatfield 20 Yd
SFTD05:17Clark (Hatfield kick)
3rd Quarter
BSUTD09:33Richard 52 Yd Pass From Shields (Fodness kick)
BSUTD07:28Holder 81 Yd Pass From Shields (Fodness missed kick)
BSUTD04:10Albercrombie 4 Yd Run
4th Quarter
SFTD11:34Garcia 10 Yd Run (Hatfield kick)
SFTD06:25Angulo 31 Yd Pass From Papilion (Hatfield kick)
SFTD06:19Flesher (Hatfield missed kick)
Stats at a GlanceSFBSU
1st Downs2215
3rd Down Conversions5-205-18
4th Down Conversions2-20-2
Passing (Comp-Att)274 (27-45) 278 (15-43)
Rushing (Att)203 (48) 58 (38)
Total Yards477336
Fumbles Lost12
Sioux Falls steals 2014 home opener
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Sioux Falls steals 2014 home opener

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Chet Anderson Stadium) – The University of Sioux Falls used a pair of defensive touchdowns late to snuff out Bemidji State University’s second-half comeback attempt and power thorough to a 52-19 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference victory, Saturday at Chet Anderson Stadium.

The Beavers used a spark of quarterback Ryan Shields (So., Roseville, Calif.) off the bench to score 19 unanswered points and virtually erase a 24-0 first half deficit and come within five points (24-19) midway through the third quarter. The sophomore led BSU to 170 yards and two scores through the air and another 28 yards and a touchdown plunge on the ground, but the Cougars capitalized on a pair of BSU miscues to bounce back and dominate the final 15 minutes of play en route their first ever victory in Bemidji, Minn.

BSU got on the board with 9:22 left in the third quarter. After a 17-yard scamper by Shields, the quarterback hit Juwaan Richard (So., WR, Schaumburg, Ill.) in stride and the 2014 NSIC Player to Watch ran 52 yards to the endzone. Following a quick three-and-out forced by the Gang Green defense, Shields connected with newcomer Blake Holder (Fr., WR, Steamwood, Ill.) for an 81-yard touchdown strike. Another three-and out by the Cougars set up eight-play, 41-yard drive capped by BSU’s Jonathan Albercrombie’s (Fr., RB, Cedar Hill, Texas) four-yard touchdown run with 3:55 left in the third quarter.

USF opened the fourth quarter with a 10-play, 72-yard scoring drive to halt to BSU’s scoring run.

Trailing 31-19, BSU’s Shields was poised to engineer his fourth scoring drive of the second half. He used 11 plays to march the Beavers 60 yards to the Cougars’ 15 yard line, but Cameron Ostrom stepped in front of a short pass and returned it 88 yards for a touchdown.  Instead of the Beavers finding the endzone to again come within a touchdown, 31-26, the pick six extended USF’s lead to 20 points after a successful two-point conversion and the Beavers would never recover.

Sioux Falls would intercept a seconds Shields pass on the Beavers’ ensuing possession, and 2:23 later, the Cougars used 31-yard pass from Luke Papilion to Josh Angulo to go up 46-10.

Six seconds and two plays later, an errant snap would fly over the head of Shields and Devin Flesher scooped up the loose ball in the Beavers’ endzone to bring the score to 52-19 in favor of USF.

Shields finished the game completing 12 of 29 pass attempts for 245 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also added 34 yards on eight rushing attempts to match Albercrombie to pace the team in rushing. Shields replaced starting quarterback Jordan Hein (Fr., Perham, Minn.) late in the second quarter after he completed just 3 of 14 pass attempts for 33 yards, while throwing two interceptions.

Nephi Garcia helped the Cougars pile up 477 yards of total offense, logging 134 of USF’s 203 rushing yards and scored three touchdowns. Papilion passed for 186 yards and a score on 17 of 27.

Connor Quinn (Jr., LB, Geneva, Ill.) paced the BSU defense for the second consecutive game. The junior collected 13 tackles, including eight solo stops, 3.5 tackles for loss and a sack. Dylan Valentine (Sr., S, Temecula, Calif.) added nine tackles a fumble recovery and an interception.

The Beavers, 0-2 overall and 0-2 in NSIC play, return to action Saturday with a trip to Fayette, Iowa for a 6 p.m. interdivisional match up with Upper Iowa University.

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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).