September 20, 20141st2nd3rd4thFinal
Bemidji State0207330
Upper Iowa13702747
1st Quarter
UIUTD13:38Gutman 62 Yd Pass From Jaeschke (Rueb kick)
UIUTD06:15Jaeschke 2 Yd Run (Rueb missed kick)
2nd Quarter
UIUTD11:32Smith 99 Yd Run (Rueb kick)
BSUTD10:45Holder 38 Yd Pass From Shields (Fodness kick)
BSUTD06:38Hein 15 Yd Run (Fodness kick)
BSUTD00:12Hein 1 Yd Run (Fodness missed kick)
3rd Quarter
BSUTD06:23Wunrow 21 Yd Pass From Hein (Fodness kick)
4th Quarter
BSUFG14:19Fodness 23 Yd
UIUTD13:11Gutman 57 Yd Pass From Jaeschke (Rueb missed kick)
UIUTD10:19Giesking 23 Yd Pass From Jaeschke (Rueb kick)
UIUTD03:34Smith 3 Yd Run (Rueb kick)
UIUTD02:30Smith 34 Yd Run (Rueb kick)
Stats at a GlanceBSUUIU
1st Downs3015
3rd Down Conversions8-235-16
4th Down Conversions1-71-2
Passing (Comp-Att)328 (27-54) 259 (18-31)
Rushing (Att)221 (53) 246 (40)
Total Yards549505
Fumbles Lost11
Bemidji State comeback slips away late at Upper Iowa
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Bemidji State comeback slips away late at Upper Iowa

FAYETTE, Iowa (Harms-Eischeid Stadium) – The Bemidji State University football team totaled 549 yards of total offense, including a season-best 328 passing yards and another 224 on the ground, in a 47-30 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference loss at Upper Iowa Saturday.  Following the loss, the Beavers’ record dips to 0-3 for the first time since 2001.

Despite battling back from an early 20-0 deficit to tie the game, 20-20, at the half, the Beavers battled back to take a ten-point lead in the opening moments of the fourth quarter, 30-20. However, the BSU defense could not contain the Peacocks down the stretch as UIU rattled off the final 27 points of the contest.

The Beavers’ opted for a two-headed offensive attack, playing both Ryan Shields (So., QB, Calif.) and Jordan Hein (Fr., QB, Perham, Minn.) at the quarterback position. The strategy was a success. Shields completed 22 of 42 passes for 290 yards and two touchdowns to pace the Beavers’ air attack, while Hein gained 70 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns on the ground.

Blake Holder (Fr., WR, Steamwood, Ill.) posted his second consecutive 100-yard receiving game, catching five passes for 105 yards and a touchdown. Juwaan Richard (So., WR, Schaumburg, Ill.) grabbed a game-best nine passes for 79 yards and Eric Wunrow (Fr., TE, River Falls, Wis.) hauled in two passes for 26 yards, which included a 21-yard touchdown reception—his first collegiate trip to the endzone.

Running back Chris Smith accounted for 247 of UIU’s 505 yards of total offense, scoring three times on 31 rushing attempts.

While BSU still holds a 5-1 lead in the all-time BSU-UIU series, the 17-point victory stands as the Upper Iowa’s first ever over the Beavers.

UIU took control of the game early, using a 62-completion by Shay Gutman to take a 7-0 lead just 1:12 after the opening kickoff. Later in the first quarter, the Peacocks capped an eight-play, 69-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown plunge from quarterback Cole Jaeschke to take a 13-0 lead with 6:12 left in the first quarter.

Midway through the second quarter and the Beavers on the doorstep, the UIU defense stood tall on their own one yardline to stop the BSU attack on fourth down and turn the ball over on downs. Pinned deep inside their own one yard line, Smith took the handoff and broke free for a 99-yard touchdown run to give UIU a 20-point cushion with just over 12 minutes left in the first half.

Enter Shields and the BSU two-headed offense. Shields would need just three plays to get the Beavers on the scoreboard. The California native would connect with Richard for passes of 22 and 11 yards followed by a 38-yard touchdown strike to Holder.

Evan Tompkins (Fr., DB, Scottsdale, Ariz.) picked off his second pass of the season on the Peacocks’ next play to kick-start a string of solid play by the BSU “Gang Green” defense. The Beavers would stop UIU on its next three possession ultimately setting up a seven-play, 52 yard scoring drive, capped by a 15-yard touchdown run by Hein to bring the score to 20-14.

With 3:20 to play in the half, the Beavers’ defense struck again when Justin Gedaly (Fr., ILB, Lake in the Hills, Ill.) forced a UIU fumble and Scott Christensen (Sr., DB, Stockbridge, Ga.) recovered it at the at the Beavers’ own 47 yardline. Eleven plays and 3:08 later, Hein found the endzone on a one-yard keeper. A point after attempt by Kyle Fodness (So., K/P, Bemidji, Minn.) evened the score at 20-20 as the teams went into the half.

BSU grabbed its first lead of the 2014 season when Shields hit Wunrow with a 21-yard pass to put BSU up 27-20 with 6:17 left in the third quarter.

The Beavers would stretch its lead to 10 points, 30-20 when Fodness completed an 11-play drive with a 23-yard field goal, his first of the season, in the opening moments of the fourth quarter.

UIU responded by assembling a three-play, 60-yard drive capped by a 57-yard touchdown strike from Jaeschke to Gutman with 12:54 to play.  Chayz Holt stepped in front of a Shields’’ pass to set the Peacocks up with the ball on their own 46 yardline. After Smith piled up 31 yards and a pair of first downs on six consecutive rushing attempts. Jaeschke connected with Derek Giesking for a 23-yard touchdown to put the lead back in UIU favor for good.

The BSU defense held UIU on its next possession, but a 50-yard punt would pinned the Beavers back on their own one yardline. With 5:37 to go Hein came in to attempt to lead the Beavers 99 yards for the lead. Instead, the quarterback fumbled the rain soaked ball to set up a three-yard touchdown plunge by Smith.

Smith would fins the endzone a third time on a 34-yard carry with 2:29 to play to bring the core to 47-30.

Bemidji State (0-3) returns to Chet Anderson Stadium Sept. 27 for a NSIC showdown with Minnesota Sate University, Mankato (3-0). Kickoff is slated for 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).