|September 01, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|BSU||FG||12:25||Aanerud 22 Yd|
|UIU||FG||07:03||Beuschel 37 Yd|
|BSU||TD||05:22||Adams 13 Yd Pass From Hein|
|BSU||TD||03:38||Adams 53 Yd Pass From Hein (Aanerud kick)|
|UIU||TD||01:03||Edmonds 29 Yd Pass From Morales (Beuschel kick)|
|BSU||TD||14:14||Nomane 2 Yd Run (Aanerud kick)|
|BSU||TD||03:47||Hein 40 Yd Run (Aanerud kick)|
|UIU||TD||07:04||Morales 14 Yd Run (Beuschel kick)|
|UIU||TD||13:47||Morales 2 Yd Run (Beuschel kick)|
|BSU||TD||07:22||Birchfield 65 Yd Run|
|Stats at a Glance||UIU||BSU|
|3rd Down Conversions||8-21||7-14|
|4th Down Conversions||4-7||0-1|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||392 (42-67)||296 (17-32)|
|Rushing (Att)||140 (41)||251 (39)|
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.