Fast start leads Beavers Football to 38-24 season opening win

September 01, 20161st2nd3rd4thFinal
Upper Iowa1007724
Bemidji State16140838
1st Quarter
BSUFG12:25Aanerud 22 Yd
UIUFG07:03Beuschel 37 Yd
BSUTD05:22Adams 13 Yd Pass From Hein
BSUTD03:38Adams 53 Yd Pass From Hein (Aanerud kick)
UIUTD01:03Edmonds 29 Yd Pass From Morales (Beuschel kick)
2nd Quarter
BSUTD14:14Nomane 2 Yd Run (Aanerud kick)
BSUTD03:47Hein 40 Yd Run (Aanerud kick)
3rd Quarter
UIUTD07:04Morales 14 Yd Run (Beuschel kick)
4th Quarter
UIUTD13:47Morales 2 Yd Run (Beuschel kick)
BSUTD07:22Birchfield 65 Yd Run
Stats at a GlanceUIUBSU
1st Downs3221
3rd Down Conversions8-217-14
4th Down Conversions4-70-1
Passing (Comp-Att)392 (42-67) 296 (17-32)
Rushing (Att)140 (41) 251 (39)
Total Yards532547
Fumbles Lost11
Fast start leads Beavers Football to 38-24 season opening win
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Fast start leads Beavers Football to 38-24 season opening win

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Four consecutive scoring drives set the Bemidji State University football program up for a season-opening 38-24 win over Upper Iowa University Thursday night at Chet Anderson Stadium. The Beavers nabbed their first season-opening win since 2013 in a game that featured over 1,000 yards of offense between both teams.

Bemidji State showed off its flashy offense early, thanks to a game-opening three-and-out forced by the "Gang Green" defense, with four plays of 20+ yards during its first four possessions. Running back Gena Adams took two receptions in for touchdowns on the second and third drives of the night. Adams' second reception finished as a 53 yard catch up the sideline to give the Beavers a 16-3 lead. He finished with four catches for 94 yards and two touchdowns, and added seven rushes for 68 yards.

Quarterback Jordan Hein helped extend the Beavers' lead to 30-10 heading into halftime with his second rush of 40+ yards. He began his night with a 52-yard scamper, part of a seven play, 68 yard drive that finished with a touchdown by running back Tahi Nomane.

Preseason All-American corner back Gunner Olszewski backed up his accolades while helping the offense jump out of an early second-half lull. He led the team with 17 tackles during the game and recorded a fumble recovery and interception in the fourth quarter. On the ensuing offensive play, wide receiver Brad Birchfield continued the team's speedy output as he took a reverse handoff 65 yards for a touchdown with 7:22 to go in the game.

Bemidji State travels to No. 7 Minnesota State University, Mankato Sept. 10 for its first game against a ranked opponent since 2014. The Mavericks began their season with a 35-7 win at Minot State University Thursday night.