|October 17, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|MSUM||TD||08:39||Gibson 82 Yd Pass From Carr (Tjosvold kick)|
|BSU||TD||04:35||Holder 42 Yd Pass From Hein (Aanerud kick)|
|MSUM||TD||02:12||Carr 4 Yd Run (Tjosvold kick)|
|MSUM||TD||06:40||Braaten 14 Yd Pass From Carr (Tjosvold kick)|
|MSUM||TD||02:54||Ambrose 20 Yd Pass From Carr (Tjosvold kick)|
|BSU||TD||11:22||Noskowiak 21 Yd Pass From Hein (Aanerud kick)|
|BSU||TD||08:45||Schmidt 13 Yd Pass From Hein (Aanerud missed kick)|
|BSU||TD||02:04||Holder 3 Yd Pass From Hein|
|BSU||TD||10:49||Taylor Jr 47 Yd Pass From Hein (Aanerud kick)|
|BSU||TD||07:13||Nomane 45 Yd Run (Aanerud kick)|
|Stats at a Glance||BSU||MSUM|
|3rd Down Conversions||9-16||4-12|
|4th Down Conversions||0-1||0-3|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||290 (22-36)||426 (23-32)|
|Rushing (Att)||217 (42)||106 (45)|
MOORHEAD, Minn. (Alex Nemzek Stadium) -- Bemidji State University football came back from a 21-point deficit to shut out Minnesota State University Moorhead in second half to win "The Battle Axe", 42-28, Saturday at Alex Nemzek Stadium.
After falling behind early to the Dragons (3-4, 0-3 NSIC North) in their Homecoming game, the Beavers (4-3, 3-0 NSIC North) came out strong in the second half to put on a comeback show. Quarterback Jordan Hein finished the day with five touchdown passes while the “Gang Green” defense forced two turnovers and zero points in the second half. Ten different receivers caught passes on the day, including four with at least one touchdown.
The Dragons began the game while receiving the opening kickoff, eventually punting the ball away. The Beavers also punted on their first offensive possession, followed with scoring by both teams on their ensuing drives. MSUM struck first with an 82-yard pass to receiver Damon Gibson, leading 7-0 in the first quarter. The touchdown was the first by a Beavers opponent to start a game since BSU allowed a touchdown run to Southwest Minnesota State University on Sept. 12.
The Beavers answered the opposing score while driving 81 yards on eight plays. Hein connected on a long pass, a 42-yard touchdown throw, to receiver Blake Holder to tie the game. BSU gave away two fumbles after the touchdown that led to MSUM extending the lead. The Dragons ran in one score before throwing two more touchdown passes to take a 28-7 lead into halftime.
The Dragons would only enter the red zone one more time on the day. Beavers defensive back Damon Benham recorded a 43-yard interception on that drive.
An earlier fumble recovery by Benham (forced by defensive lineman Mario Stephens) in the third quarter began the comeback for the Beavers. The turnover led to a 21-yard touchdown pass from Hein to receiver Jordan Noskowiak, cutting the lead to just 14. The touchdown was just the beginning for the Beavers, as the offense scored on the following four drives.
Hein threw to Brady Schmidt (13 yards), Holder (3 yards) and Dexter Taylor, Jr. (47 yards) before running back Tahi Nomane punched in the final score of the day, a 45-yard touchdown run with 7:13 left in the game.
The Beavers held the Dragons to 178 yards in the second half after allowing 351 in the first. MSUM punted twice, turned the ball over twice and turned the ball over on downs twice, while also ending the game with possession.
Bemidji State finished the day with 30 first downs and 507 total yards of offense. Two-hundred-eighty of those yards came rushing as Nomane put up 106. Hein set career-highs in passing yards and touchdowns with 280 and five, respectively. Noskowiak led the way in receiving yardage with 64, also recording a touchdown, while Holder totaled two receiving touchdowns on the day to tie a career-high.
Benham set the tone for the “Gang Green” defense while leading both teams with 13 tackles. He also recorded two turnovers, one interception and one fumble recovery. Linebacker Colton Blascyk followed in tackles with 12 while also totaling one sack for a loss of 10 yards. In total, six Beavers recorded sacks on the day.
MSU Moorhead finished with 532 total yards with just 106 coming from the rushing attack.
Bemidji State returns home Saturday, Oct. 24 to host St. Cloud State University at 1 p.m. in Chet Anderson Stadium.
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).