No. 22 BSU backfield leads attack in 52-28 Homecoming win

October 15, 20161st2nd3rd4thFinal
Minot State7140728
Bemidji State142510352
1st Quarter
BSUTD13:31Adams 36 Yd Pass From Mehlum (Hoffer kick)
MINOTTD09:36Walker 12 Yd Pass From Weed (La Deaux kick)
BSUTD08:01Adams 22 Yd Run (Hoffer kick)
2nd Quarter
BSUTD14:18Richard 18 Yd Pass From Mehlum (Hoffer kick)
MINOTTD12:53Zahniser 70 Yd Run (La Deaux kick)
BSUTD09:04Henning 4 Yd Run
BSUTD07:30Henning 35 Yd Run (Hoffer missed kick)
MINOTTD04:18Zahniser 3 Yd Run (La Deaux kick)
BSUTD00:00Henning 1 Yd Run
3rd Quarter
BSUFG11:06Hoffer 28 Yd
BSUTD07:41Adams 75 Yd Run (Hoffer kick)
4th Quarter
MINOTTD14:03Weed 16 Yd Run (La Deaux kick)
BSUFG07:05Hoffer 28 Yd
Stats at a GlanceMINOTBSU
1st Downs1628
3rd Down Conversions5-136-11
4th Down Conversions0-21-1
Passing (Comp-Att)170 (15-27) 138 (10-20)
Rushing (Att)130 (34) 436 (54)
Total Yards300574
Fumbles Lost22
No. 22 BSU backfield leads attack in 52-28 Homecoming win
Saturday, October 15, 2016
No. 22 BSU backfield leads attack in 52-28 Homecoming win

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Chet Anderson Stadium) -- The No. 22 Bemidji State University football program rushed behind the legs of the backfield and freshman quarterback Jared Henning to grab its seventh consecutive Homecoming victory Saturday, 52-28, against Minot State University. Henning finished with a team-high and career-high 172 rushing yards, followed by running backs Gena Adams with 152 and Tahi Nomane with 87 to improve the Beavers to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division.

BSU began the game with two consecutive touchdown drives, including a 36-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Nick Mehlum to Adams on the team’s first offensive play. Adams scored from 22 yards out on the second drive before Mehlum threw his second touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Juwaan Richard from 18 yards out to take a 21-7 lead.

The Mehlum to Richard connection was the beginning of a 25-point quarter for Bemidji State to head into halftime with a 39-21 lead. The BSU backfield totaled 222 rushing yards by halftime, including 127 from Henning. The Beavers finished with 436 yards on the ground after building the early lead through the air.

The "Gang Green" defense held Minot State to seven points and 94 total yards in the second half. Senior defensive back Kameel Al-Khouri grabbed his third interception of the season late in the third quarter while junior linebacker Anthony Valentine scooped up his first fumble recovery of the season on MiSU’s final drive of the game.

Bemidji State’s rushing attack has produced 1,068 yards over the past three games, including a program record 480 against University of Mary. The Beavers’ previous record in a single game was 453 set in 1989, putting Saturday’s effort just 17 yards shy of that mark.

No. 22 Bemidji State travels to University of Minnesota Duluth for a matchup of unbeaten teams in NSIC North play. The Beavers and Bulldogs kick off at 1 p.m. from Duluth, Minn.

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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).