Field position, early penalties cost Beaver Football in 30-20 season-opening loss

August 31, 20171st2nd3rd4thFinal
Bemidji State0614020
Winona State Univ.7137330
1st Quarter
WSUTD10:19Balliu 19 Yd Pass From Beenken (McCauley kick)
2nd Quarter
WSUTD12:11Birth 14 Yd Run (McCauley kick)
BSUFG06:59Aanerud 32 Yd
WSUTD01:56Flood 10 Yd Pass From Beenken (McCauley missed kick)
BSUFG00:06Aanerud 34 Yd
3rd Quarter
BSUTD11:21Vogeler (Aanerud kick)
WSUTD04:39Birth 2 Yd Run (McCauley kick)
BSUTD02:53Van Ess 22 Yd Pass From Hein (Aanerud kick)
4th Quarter
WSUFG06:17McCauley 28 Yd
Stats at a GlanceBSUWSU
1st Downs2520
3rd Down Conversions9-185-11
4th Down Conversions0-20-1
Passing (Comp-Att)308 (25-52) 308 (24-35)
Rushing (Att)57 (28) 62 (31)
Total Yards365370
Fumbles Lost00
Field position, early penalties cost Beaver Football in 30-20 season-opening loss
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Field position, early penalties cost Beaver Football in 30-20 season-opening loss

WINONA, Minn. (Altra Federal Credit Union Stadium) -- Poor field position and early penalties put the Bemidji State University football team in an early hole to Winona State University during its 30-20 season-opening loss in Winona, Minn. BSU’s best field position of the night came from their own 38-yardline as the offense and defense both finished with one touchdown, the latter coming on a pick-six early in the second half.

Winona State took the early momentum on its first drive of the night following three key third down plays. Bemidji State was flagged for a 15-yard penalty followed by two passing plays of at least 17 yards, the second going for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead for the Warriors. BSU missed a field goal near the end of the first quarter but answered with two in the second quarter to cut into the WSU lead. Junior kicker Isaac Aanerud connected from 32 and 34 yards for the Beavers’ only points of the first half, trailing 20-6 heading into the locker room.

After the intermission, junior safety John Vogeler was able to give the Beavers a spark with his first interception returned for a touchdown to bring the deficit down to one score. The Warriors were again able to go up by double-digit points, but senior quarterback found sophomore wide receiver Blair Van Ess on the sideline for a 22-yard touchdown. Van Ess dodged a defender and scampered up the sideline for the score to bring WSU’s lead down to 27-20.

Winona State ran the clock down and added another touchdown to seal Bemidji State’s season-opening loss.

Bemidji State continues its out-of-division games Saturday, Sept. 9 with its home-opener against Concordia University-St. Paul. The Beavers and Golden Bears begin the Shrine Game at 4 p.m. from Chet Anderson Stadium.

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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).