Bemidji State goes on the road to No. 2 Minnesota Duluth
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Bemidji State goes on the road to No. 2 Minnesota Duluth

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University football team starts a two-game road stint Oct. 25 as it travels to No. 2 University of Minnesota Duluth for a 1 p.m. kickoff from James S. Malosky Stadium.

BSU comes into this weekend owning a 3-4 overall record and a 3-0 record in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division, while the Bulldogs are 7-0 and 3-0 in divisional play. 

The Series

  • Minnesota Duluth owns an all-time series record against Bemidji State of 42-10-1.
  • In the last five meetings, the Beavers are 0-5 against the Bulldogs.
  • BSU has not defeated UMD in Duluth since Oct. 10, 1941 where they shutout the Bulldogs 34-0.
  • UMD is 17-0-0 versus the Beavers at Malosky Stadium, the Bulldogs' football home since 1966.
  • The last win BSU recorded against the Bulldogs was Oct. 23, 1999 in Bemidji, 35-26.
  • In the previous six meetings, Minnesota Duluth has been nationally ranked.

The Teams

Bemidji State: 

  • BSU earned its 15th jump into Lake Bemidji last weekend as it defeated Minot State University in its annual homecoming game, 31-17 to stay undefeated in divisional play.
  • The Beavers compiled 416 yards of total offense, including 317 yards of passing last weekend versus Minot State.
  • Ryan Shields finished the game going 21-for-42 for a total of 317 yards and three touchdowns. This marks the first game this season he has thrown for over 300 yards and first with three touchdown passes. So far on the season Shields has gone 112-for-224 for 1,621 yards and 11 touchdowns.
  • Shields is now ranked sixth in the NSIC for passing yards per game with 231.6 yards and ninth for total offense of 1,745 yards
  • Tucker Forsgren charted his first collegiate touchdown off a four-yard pass against Minot State.
  • Kyle Fodness went 4-for-4 on extra points and was 1-for-2 on field goals attempts. He is now tied for seventh in the league for PAT kicking percentage (85.7%).
  • Fodness nailed a 38-yard field goal at the end of the second quarter to put BSU up 17-3 over Minot State. His field goal marked his longest of the season beating a 32-yard field goal against Minnesota Crookston.
  • Brady Schmidt boasted six receptions for 96 yards last weekend, which broke a career best as he scored two touchdowns. Schmidt’s first touchdown against Minot State was for 43 yards, his longest reception of the season.
  • Leading the “Gang Green” defense after seven games this season is Colton Blascyk with 58 tackles including 22 solo stops. Blascyk is not only leading the Beavers’ defense but he is ranked in the NSIC for a few categories as he is tied for 7th in tackles for a loss with 9.5 tackles (-38 yds.) and tied for 13th in total tackles (58).
  • Amongst the league, BSU’s defense is ranked sixth for sacks totaling 15 for a loss of 101 yards. 

Minnesota Duluth: 

  • The Bulldogs bring a 15-game regular season winning streak (the third longest in program history) and a perfect 7-0 record into the weekend.
  • With a team-high six catches in last Saturday's 43-30 takedown of visiting Northern State, senior Zach Zweifel moved into a tie for fifth place on the Bulldogs' career reception charts with 146. At No. 7 on that list is fellow wide out Aaron Roth (118 catches).
  • Zweifel is the Bulldogs top-rated receiver with 27 receptions for 441 yards and two touchdowns. Zweifel averages 16.3 yards per catch.
  • The 567 yards of total offense UMD charted last Saturday was a 2014 high as was its 8.4 yards per carry average.
  • So far on the season the Bulldogs have compiled 3,360 yards of total offense and of which 2,159 yards are rushing. UMD averages 308.4 yards of rushing per game this season with junior Logan Lauters driving the run game with 885 yards to average 126.4 per game.
  • Leading the UMD offense is sophomore Drew Bauer throwing 91 completions on 170 attempts for 1,176 yards and 10 touchdowns. Bauer is also second on the team in rushing with 94 carries for 540 yards and seven touchdowns. He averages 77.1 yards rushing per game.
  • On the defensive side for the Bulldogs, junior David Boegel leads the force with 46 tackles, including 29 solo shots. He also has posted 1.5 tackles for a loss (-7 yds), two pass breakups, and three forced fumbles. Closely following in tackles is Gavin Grady with 45 tackles.
  • The Bulldogs have outscored their opponents 57-17 in the third quarter this year.
  • UMD as a team is rushing at a 6.4 yards per carry clip this fall ranking them first in the NSIC.
  • UMD is a +10 in turnover margin this year. The Bulldogs have only been picked off twice and lost two fumbles through seven games.