October 04, 20141st2nd3rd4thFinal
Bemidji State077721
1st Quarter
MARYTD10:33Pope 10 Yd Pass From Jolliffe (Riggs kick)
2nd Quarter
BSUTD04:40Hein 2 Yd Run (Fodness kick)
3rd Quarter
MARYTD11:13Jolliffe 18 Yd Pass From Jolliffe (Riggs kick)
BSUTD07:19Holder 39 Yd Pass From Shields (Fodness kick)
4th Quarter
MARYTD10:24Pope 37 Yd Pass From Jolliffe (Riggs missed kick)
BSUTD09:16Lunde 8 Yd Pass From Shields (Fodness kick)
Stats at a GlanceBSUMARY
1st Downs1713
3rd Down Conversions5-157-18
4th Down Conversions1-21-3
Passing (Comp-Att)297 (19-42) 167 (13-26)
Rushing (Att)86 (33) 114 (42)
Total Yards383281
Fumbles Lost00
Beavers hold strong to earn its first win of the 2014 season at U-Mary, 21-20
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Beavers hold strong to earn its first win of the 2014 season at U-Mary, 21-20

Bismarck, N.D. -- The Bemidji State University football team (1-4, 1-0 NSIC North) opened up Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) North division play Saturday as they defeated University of Mary (2-3, 0-1 NSIC North) by a final score of 21-20.

Bemidji State started the game on trying to work their offense down the field to gain momentum as U-Mary was coming off a loss last weekend being shutout by Augustana. The Marauders’ defense was able to hold the Beavers though to their half of the field to then turn around and score off a 10-yard pass for a 7-0 lead.

The defenses of both teams showed up big to hold a 7-0 game into the second quarter. Greg Button (OLB, 6-2, 216, Jr., Eau Claire, Wis.) led the charge for the “Gang Green” defense as he recorded a huge interception at the 7:57 mark of the first quarter to keep the Beavers in the game. 

Offensively, BSU struggled to get past the U-Mary defense in the first but that changed in the second as Ryan Shields (QB, 6-1, 181, So., Roseville, Calif.) threw for a 19-yard pass to Eric Wunrow (TE, 6-4, 245, Fr., River Falls, Wis.) bringing them down to the Marauders four yard line. It was Jordan Hein (QB, 6-1, 210, Fr., Perham, Minn.) coming into the game for a two-yard rush and with the extra point good tying the game up 7-7 with 4:40 left to play in the half. 

The teams would battle back and forth in the third quarter as U-Mary regained the lead scoring on an 18-yard pass making it 14-7. A short while later the BSU defense forced a turnover on downs, which allowed Shields to throw one pass for a 39-yard touchdown to Blake Holder (WR, 6-2, 198, Fr., Steamwood, Ill.) making it 14-14.

Fueled by a 57-yard catch by Juwaan Richard (WR, 5-10, 175, So., Schaumburg, Ill.) , BSU immediately responded to the U-Mary touchdown that put them up 20-14 early in the fourth quarter. Christian Lunde (WR, 5-9, 187, Fr., St. Thomas, N.D.) scored from eight yards out on a Ryan Shield pass with 9:16 remaining and the successful Kyle Fodness (K, 5-10, 180, So., Bemidji, Minn.) extra point kick provided the Beavers their first lead of the day at 21-20. 

Bemidji State held on to their lead as the defense forced U-Mary to punt and then a turnover on downs in their last two possessions of the game earning their first victory of the season by a final score of 21-20.

Shields led the BSU offense by completing 17-of-38 passes for 276 yards and two touchdowns. He also tossed two interceptions. Holder had six catches for 99 yards and one touchdown, while Tony Peterson (RB, 5-11, 192, Jr., Frederic, Wis.) led the Beavers on the ground recording 18 carries for a net of 43 yards.

Colton Blascyk (LB, 6-0, 224, So., Kensington, Minn.) recorded 12 tackles, including 2.5 for loss, for the Beavers. Trysten Ross (LB, 6-3, 223, Fr., Little Falls, Minn.) also had 2.5 tackles for loss and Dan Kiebler (DE, 6-2, 265, Sr., Franklin Park, Ill.) had a game-high 3.0.

The Beavers, now 1-4 on the season will welcome University of Minnesota Crookston to the scenic Chet Anderson Stadium for a 1 p.m. kickoff Saturday, Oct. 11.

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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).