Special teams helps Beaver Football to 27-10 win over Wildcats

September 29, 20181st2nd3rd4thFinal
Bemidji State7013727
Wayne State030710
1st Quarter
BSUTD13:04Lackowski 1 Yd Run (Aanerud kick)
2nd Quarter
WSCFG09:08Knudson 27 Yd
3rd Quarter
BSUTD12:40Henning 3 Yd Run
BSUTD06:00Junker (Aanerud kick)
4th Quarter
BSUTD11:16Lackowski 1 Yd Run (Aanerud kick)
WSCTD04:20Warren 12 Yd Run (Knudson kick)
Stats at a GlanceBSUWSC
1st Downs1314
3rd Down Conversions2-135-22
4th Down Conversions1-12-4
Passing (Comp-Att)45 (6-12) 195 (20-44)
Rushing (Att)215 (51) 29 (36)
Total Yards260224
Fumbles Lost30
Special teams helps Beaver Football to 27-10 win over Wildcats
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Special teams helps Beaver Football to 27-10 win over Wildcats

WAYNE, Neb. (Memorial Stadium) -- The special teams unit of the Bemidji State University football program provided an edge Saturday during its 27-10 win over Wayne State College at Memorial Stadium in Wayne, Neb. Senior defensive back Gunner Olszewski totaled 100 return yards, including a spectacular 94-yard punt return combined between Olszewski and junior defensive back Michael Junker, while adding three pass break ups and three tackles.

The Beavers (4-1, 3-1 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North) scored a touchdown on their first offensive possession of the game, which came after a three-yard punt by the Wildcats. Freshman quarterback Alec Ogden ran for a 23-yard scramble ahead of three straight rushes by senior running back Andrew Lackowski, the last of which went in for a touchdown from one yard out. The BSU offense was not able to score throughout the remainder of the first half, but still held a 7-3 lead at the intermission thanks to the "Gang Green" defense.

BSU forced WSC to punts during five of seven drives during the first half, only allowing one field goal and a missed field goal attempt. The defensive success carried over to the offensive side of the ball early in the second half.

Junior quarterback Jared Henning capped an eight-play drive to open the third quarter with a three-yard touchdown run to extend the BSU lead, 13-3. Nearly six minutes passed before Olszewski fielded the biggest punt return of the day from the six yard-line, going 36 yards before pitching the ball to Junker who finished off the final 56 yards of the punt return touchdown. Lackowski later tacked on his second one-yard rushing touchdown of the day early in the fourth quarter to solidify the team's first win in NSIC Interdivisional play.

Lackowski ended the day with 93 rushing yards on 21 carries with two rushing scores. Henning came in behind Lackowski with 63 rushing yards and freshman running back Jalen Frye went for 40 yards on nine carries. Senior safety John Vogeler led the BSU defense with five tackles, while senior defensive end Alex Hoffman recorded four tackles, two tackles for a loss and one sack.

Bemidji State caps its Homecoming week Saturday, Oct. 6 with a matchup against University of Sioux Falls at Chet Anderson Stadium. The Beavers and Cougars will meet for the sixth time ever and third in Bemidji, Minn., while BSU has won its last eight Homecoming games.

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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).