Beavers travel to University of Mary Saturday to start NSIC North action
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Beavers travel to University of Mary Saturday to start NSIC North action

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University football team (0-4, 0-0 NSIC North) opens up Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North play as they travel to Bismarck, N.D. to take on University of Mary (2-2, 0-0 NSIC North). The game marks only the ninth time the teams have met as they hold a 4-4 all-time record.

The Series

Bemidji State and U-Mary series dates back to Oct. 7, 2006 for their first ever meeting where the Marauders defeated the Beavers by a final score of 27-21. The teams enter the game with a tied series of four each, which BSU holds a 2-2 record in Bismarck. The last time Bemidji State and U-Mary met, the Marauders compiled 404 yards of total offense to gain a 26-17 victory at Chet Anderson Stadium Oct. 12, 2013.

The Teams

Bemidji State: The Beavers dropped an early 10-0 lead over Minnesota State this past weekend to fall at home 34-16 and moved its overall record to 0-4 to start a season for the first time since the 1996 season. Bemidji State has been out scored 168-78 this season and has owned a lead for 41:49 during its first four games. It was during their game against No. 3 Minnesota State on Sept. 27th that the Beavers held their longest lead of 30:45. The Beavers compiled 304 yards of total offense last week in a 34-16 loss to Minnesota State after leading the Mavericks 10-0 at the end of the first quarter. Ryan Shields finished last weekend’s game completing a career-best 23 completions on 44 attempts for 264 yards and a touchdown.

The top targeted wide receiver against Minnesota State for the Beavers was freshman Blake Holder, who caught six passes for 106 yards, making him the first BSU receiver to post three consecutive 100-yard games since George Kadlec during the 2008 season. Leading the Beavers’ defense is junior linebacker Connor Quinn as he has piled up 39 total tackles with 24 solo and 15 assisted. He also leads the team with 7.5 tackles for a loss of 35 yards and 3.5 sacks for 29 yards lost.

BSU is ranked sixth overall in the NSIC for passing offense as they have posted 1,104 yards going 80-for-174 in four games. Three of the four BSU losses come from teams that are currently undefeated (4-0) in the NSIC and two are nationally ranked.

U-Mary: The Marauders come into the game holding a 2-2 overall record after completing their NSIC South competition this past weekend. U-Mary was shutout in their last game by Augustana with a final score of 52-0. The offense is averaging 18.25 points per game while putting up 313.3 yards of total offense per game. U-Mary’s offense is led by redshirt-freshman Ben Jolliffe, completing 39-of-68 passing attempts for 412 yards and four touchdowns. U-Mary’s leading rusher so far this season is senior Vince Ferrante with a total of 156 yards on 48 carries. On the defensive side for the Marauders, senior linebacker Grant Singer posted a game-high 14 tackles, including five solo stops and became just the second U-Mary player with at least 300 tackles (311) against Augie. Singer leads the NSIC in tackles (56) and is 20th in tackles for loss (4.0). With a tied all-time series, U-Mary has won two of the last three meetings with the Beavers.