BEMIDJI, Minn. -- As summer winds down, Bemidji State Football vamps up for its 90th season of action as Augustana University enters Chet Anderson Stadium for the 2015 season opener. The Beavers host the Vikings in a 6 p.m. kickoff on Saturday in Bemidji, Minn.
The Beavers come off the 2014 season in which it finished 3-8 overall and 3-4 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) North Division. The Vikings finished their 2014 campaign 6-5 overall and 3-4 in the NSIC South Division.
- Augustana leads the seven-game series between the two squads with a matchup record of 5-2.
- The Beavers are 1-4 in its previous five meetings, taking a 30-27 win in overtime on Sept. 10, 2011 as the Vikings were ranked 16th in the AFCA polls.
- Bemidji State is 1-2 against Augustana while playing in the confines of Chet Anderson Stadium.
- This matchup will be first time BSU faces Augie in its season opener since Sept. 9, 1989.
- The Vikings won the most recent matchup 24-0 on Sept. 21, 2013 in Sioux Falls, S.D.
- BSU is 46-40-3 all-time in season openers and 44-42-3 in home openers.
- The Beavers return 50 letterwinners from a season ago, including 10 regular offensive starters.
- Returning on offense includes First-Team All-NSIC receiver Blake Holder and an offensive line anchored by Second-Team All-NSIC selections Matthew Valentine and Jesse Hein.
- Five starters return on defense, led by Second-Team All-NSIC pick Colton Blascyk, who was second on the team with 79 tackles a year ago.
- Bemidji State averaged nearly 28 points per game at home last season, eight points per game more than it scored on the road.
- A year ago the Beavers were the least penalized team in the NSIC and sat fourth in the nation averaging 29.4 penalty yards per game.
- Since 1999, Bemidji State is 69-9 when scoring in excess of 30 points. The Beavers are also 68-7 when holding its opponent to fewer than 20 points.
- The Vikings are 48-41-4 all-time in season openers, including eight of its last nine.
- Augustana returns seven All-NSIC performers from last season, including second team selections Trey Heid, Brian Long, Chris Mathieu, Brandon Mohr, Lucas Wainman and Honorable Mention selections Matt Heller and Jason Greenway.
- The Vikings finished sixth in scoring offense in the NSIC last season with 34.5 points per game and third in defense while allowing 18.5 points per game.
- One hundered percent of Augie’s quarterback production returns in 2015, including Heid, who threw for 25 touchdowns. Fourteen of those scores came on passes of 20+ yards.
- AU led the NSIC and ranked 15th in the country on third down conversions in 2014.
- Thirty-three of Augustana’s 85 players are from Minnesota.
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).