|September 12, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|SMSU||TD||09:13||Payne 6 Yd Run (Wells kick)|
|BSU||TD||08:02||Forsgren 5 Yd Pass From Hein (Aanerud kick)|
|BSU||TD||04:38||Lunde 5 Yd Pass From Hein (Aanerud kick)|
|SMSU||TD||12:14||Stevens 6 Yd Run (Wells missed kick)|
|SMSU||TD||00:15||Lawson-Gayle 12 Yd Pass From Gimbel (Wells kick)|
|BSU||TD||12:08||Dinkel 10 Yd Pass From Hein (Aanerud kick)|
|BSU||TD||07:21||Birchfield 41 Yd Run (Aanerud kick)|
|SMSU||TD||03:59||Stevens 1 Yd Run (Wells kick)|
|SMSU||TD||00:21||Huot 13 Yd Pass From Gimbel (Wells kick)|
|Stats at a Glance||BSU||SMSU|
|3rd Down Conversions||7-17||8-17|
|4th Down Conversions||2-3||1-2|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||259 (25-43)||264 (31-43)|
|Rushing (Att)||149 (38)||236 (54)|
MARSHALL, Minn. -- Twenty-one seconds and Bemidji State University football would have its 14th consecutive win over Southwest Minnesota State University. The streak was to be broken Saturday night, though, as the Beavers allowed a last-minute touchdown to give the Mustangs a 34-30 win on Mattke Field at Schwan Regional Event Center in Marshall, Minn.
The loss by Bemidji State (0-2 overall) ended a streak of 13 consecutive wins against Southwest Minnesota State (2-0 overall), that dated back to 1997. The Beavers controlled the ball until 1:07 left in the game, at which point a punt gave the Mustangs one last chance to steal the win. SMSU quarterback Blake Gimbel went 4-of-5 in the final drive to go 64 yards in 51 seconds, with no timeouts.
"We needed a score in the last drive and we missed the field goal earlier," said head coach Jeff Tesch. "We needed to run the clock out and it came down to the defense stopping them, but we need to close it out earlier too."
"I told them right after, I said 'Keep your character and your standards high and we’ll win next weekend if we do that.' There are some things I'm disappointed in and some of it's with the coaches not helping the kids."
The Beavers missed two chances to score late in the red zone, throwing an interception in the end zone and missing a 25-yard field goal, both in the fourth quarter. The Mustangs put up the final scores of the night as the Beavers reached their plateau of 30 points with back-to-back touchdown drives to open the second half, including a 41-yard reverse run in for a touchdown by Brad Birchfield (Fr., South Elgin, Ill.).
As the game began, Bemidji State opened its first possession with a seven-play drive that ultimately ended as a turnover on downs. The Mustangs then drove 70 yards to put the first points on the board, a six-yard run up the middle. Junior Juwaan Richard (Schaumburg, Ill.) returned the ensuing kickoff 75 yards to set the Beavers up with optimal field position. Jordan Hein (So., Perham, Minn.), starting as the lone quarterback with Ryan Shields (Jr., Roseville, Calif.) out, went 2-of-3 passing on the drive from 16 yards out to score a quick answering touchdown, tying the game at 7-7.
Two plays later, the Beavers defense took matters into their own hands, forcing a fumble and recovering on the opposing 22-yard line. Senior Greg Button (Eau Claire, Wis.) grabbed the lose ball, which set up Hein for his second touchdowns on the night. Hein found Christian Lunde (So., St. Thomas, N.D.) running open from right to left in the back of the end zone to put the Beavers up 14-7 in the first quarter.
The Mustangs went on the next scoring drive, a 16-play, 91-yard series early in the second quarter that ended with the team’s second touchdown on the ground. The extra point attempt was blocked, though, and returned by defensive back Evan Tompkins (So., Scottsdale, Ariz.) 98 yards for a BSU defensive PAT. The two-point score for the Beavers was the first instance since 2004 when Corey Brewer returned an interception on a point-after attempt against Concordia-St. Paul.
"It's one of those rules they put in for the excitement and we had some guys blocking down field so it was exciting," said Tesch.
The Mustangs closed out the first half with a late 12-yard touchdown pass that left just 15 seconds on the clock for the Beavers. The late score gave SMSU the lead at the half, 20-16.
Like a week ago, the Beavers showed a strong initial second half presence while going on a nine-play, 75-yard drive on the opening series of the third quarter. A 21-yard pass to Blake Holder (So., Steamwood, Ill.) set up Hein’s third passing touchdown of the night to Vince Dinkel (Jr., Marathon, Wis.). Dinkel ran a fade route on the left side of the field from 10 yards out to get the jumping touchdown catch, his first of the season. Birchfield ran in the reverse on the next drive to finish scoring for the Beavers.
"We just have some mechanical things to fix," said Tesch "We’re in transition with our new offense, and defense we tried to sub and stay fresh and it ended up with penalties because of their offense."
The Beavers finished the night with 408 total yards of offense while the Mustangs totaled 500. For the second consecutive week, BSU was outgained in both passing and rushing yards. Bemidji State recorded 259 passing yards and 149 rushing compared to Southwest Minnesota State's 264 and 236, respectively.
Hein threw 25-of-43 for 259 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Tahi Nomane led the ground game with 60 yards on 18 attempts. Nine Beavers recorded a reception, while Richard led the way with six catches and 43 yards. Three different players caught Hein's three passing touchdowns.
Bemidji State will return to Chet Anderson Stadium next week as Winona State University enters for another NSIC interleague game.
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).