A match up of the Beavers set for homecoming
Thursday, October 16, 2014
A match up of the Beavers set for homecoming

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University football team (2-4; 2-0 NSIC North) plays host to Minot State University (0-6, 0-2 NSIC North) in its homecoming game Saturday at scenic Chet Anderson Stadium. A 2:30 p.m. kickoff is set for the game.

With a homecoming tradition like none other, Bemidji State is looking to continue that this year against Minot State. After a homecoming win, gear and all, the Beaver student-athletes and coaches celebrate by taking a dip into Lake Bemidji, splash around and sing the BSU Fight song.

The Series

The all-time series between Bemidji State and Minot State dates back to Sept. 4, 1999 in Bemidji. Bemidji State leads the series with a 14-1 record with its sole loss coming Sept. 7, 2002, 35-28. BSU is 5-0 in the last five meetings and are 6-1 in Bemidji. Currently, Bemidji State holds an 11-game win streak dating back to Sept. 6, 2003 with the largest victory of margin Nov. 10, 2012 by a final score of 49-0.

The Teams

Bemidji State: BSU earned its second victory of the season last weekend at home against University of Minnesota Crookston, 38-3. Coming into this weekend’s game against Minot State, the Beavers hold an undefeated 2-0 record in NSIC North action. Against UMC, Bemidji State compiled 504 yards of total offense for its second game recording over 500. The Beavers rushing and passing games were very similar as they posted 249 yards and 255 yards respectively on the weekend. Sophomore quarterback Ryan Shields (So., Roseville, Calif.) completed 17-of-29 passes for 241 yards of offense, marking it his fifth straight game with over 240 yards of offense.

Freshman Tahi Nomane (Fr., Maple Grove, Minn.) posted 14 carries for 76 yards and two touchdowns and marked his first collegiate touchdown with a two-yard run in the Beavers win over UMC. Kyle Fodness (So., Bemidji, Minn.) was 5-for–5 on extra point attempts, which is a season best. Fodness also hit a 26-yard field goal to put BSU up 17-3 over UMC. Leading the “Gang Green” defense so far on the season is Colton Blascyk (Fr., Kensington, Minn.) with 51 tackles, including 19 solo tackles and 7.5 tackles for a loss of 28 yards. He has also earned two sacks for a loss of 15 yards.

Brady Schmidt (So., Bemidji, Minn.) had a standout performance for the Beavers last weekend, recording seven carries for 25 yards and a touchdown along with five catches for 35 yards and one touchdown. With his performance, Schmidt set career records in receptions (5), rushing attempts (7), rushing yards (25), rushing touchdowns (1) and his longest rush (17). 

Amongst the league, the BSU defense is in the top five for sacks totaling 12 for a loss of 80 yards. The Beavers are also the second-least penalized team with only 29 penalties on the season. 

Minot State: The Beavers come to Bemidji longing for a win after losing their sixth straight to University of Mary, 31-29 last weekend at home. Minot has compiled 1,687 yards of total offense including 1,414 of passing yardage. The Beavers, averaging 12.83 points per game, have had limited scoring but are coming off their best game of the season. Junior Zac Cunha, who has completed 80-for-147 passing attempts for 1,027 yards and seven touchdowns, leads the Beavers’ offense. Leading the MSU run game is sophomore running back Jarvis Mustipher with 132 yards on 39 attempts, while senior Leon La Deaux leads the team in receptions with 30 catches for 417 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Minot State has given up an average 438 offensive yards per game. Senior Levi Freidt leads the defensive attack for the Beavers recording 69 tackles, including 36 solo stops and 6.0 tackles for a loss (-21 yds).