23rd annual Shrine Game features battle between Beavers and No. 13 Bulldogs

23rd annual Shrine Game features battle between Beavers and No. 13 Bulldogs
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
23rd annual Shrine Game features battle between Beavers and No. 13 Bulldogs

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University and No. 13 University of Minnesota Duluth meet for the 59th time in the series history Saturday, Sept. 28 during the 23rd annual Shrine Game. The Beavers kickoff at 4 p.m. from Chet Anderson Stadium, searching for their first win against the Bulldogs since Oct. 23, 1999 in Bemidji, Minn. Saturday’s game will be broadcast regionally on Midco Sports Network.

The Series

  • Minnesota Duluth leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 47-10-1.
  • BSU’s most recent win against UMD came Oct. 23, 1999, a 35-26 victory in Bemidji.
  • Three of BSU’s last four games against UMD have come down to seven points or fewer.
  • Saturday’s game will be the 11th time the Beavers have faced a ranked Bulldogs team, coming in as No. 13 in the American Football Coaches Association Top 25 Poll.
  • The series first began Nov. 14, 1931 with a 14-0 BSU win in Bemidji.

The Teams
Bemidji State

  • BSU moved to 3-0 for the second straight season after a 27-10 win on the road against University of Minnesota Crookston.
  • Facing wet field conditions, the Beavers opened the game with two first quarter touchdowns but allowed the Golden Eagles to score 10 points before a 14-10 halftime lead. The “Gang Green” defense held UMC scoreless in the second half while two rushing touchdowns gave BSU its sixth straight win in the series.
  • Senior quarterback Jared Henning and sophomore running back Jalen Frye each ran for over 100 yards, including three combined rushing touchdowns from the duo.
  • In addition to 135 rushing yards, Henning added 124 passing yards and one passing touchdown. Henning ranks fourth among quarterbacks since at least 2000 at BSU in rushing yards with 660. Henning’s 135 rushing yards versus UMC was the second-most in a single game during his career.
  • Sophomore wide receiver Brendan Beaulieu catch Henning’s lone touchdown pass midway through the opening quarter. Beaulieu has led BSU in either receptions or receiving yards through each of the team’s first three games.
  • Frye added both of BSU’s second-half touchdowns with three-yard runs.
  • The “Gang Green” defense continued to gather takeaways and lead the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference with four interceptions against the Golden Eagles.
  • Nabbing an interception in his third straight game, senior defensive back Michael Junker moved into a tie for fourth all-time at BSU with his 12th career pick.
  • Senior defensive back Ryan Kinard, junior linebacker Jaylen Jenkins and sophomore defensive back Jake West each also came away with interceptions.
  • Junior linebacker Gabe Ames had a career game with three sacks and seven tackles. Ames is the first Beaver to record three quarterback sacks in a game since 2011.
  • Senior defensive lineman Alex Hoffman led the defense with eight tackles and added 2.5 tackles for a loss. Hoffman is in a tie for the team-lead with 16 total tackles and 3.0 tackles for a loss.
  • The “Gang Green” defense recorded six sacks against the Golden Eagles, the most for the unit since August 2017.
  • Bemidji State’s defensive unit has recorded at least three takeaways in every game this season, including four against Northern State and Minnesota Crookston.
  • BSU continues to lead the NSIC in turnover margin at 2.33 and interceptions at eight.
  • BSU ranks among the top half of nearly every offensive and defensive statistical category in the NSIC, including leading red-zone defense (17%), passing efficiency (164.8), scoring defense (8.0) and sacks (13).
  • BSU has outscored its opponents 112-24 this season and 68-10 in the first half. BSU has yet to give up a point in the first quarter.

Minnesota Duluth

  • Minnesota Duluth joins Bemidji State as the only 3-0 programs in the NSIC North this season after taking down (RV) St. Cloud State, 20-14, Saturday, Sept. 21 in Duluth, Minn.
  • After a nearly hour-long lightning delay and a scoreless first quarter, UMD capped off a 9-play, 63-yard drive for the game’s first score. The Bulldogs added a field goal before halftime and extended its lead to 17-0 in the third quarter behind a fourth-down rushing touchdown. St. Cloud State outscored Minnesota Duluth through the remainder of the game, 14-3.
  • The Bulldog defense came up with three turnovers compared to one for the Huskies. UMD also picked up three sacks and eight pass break ups.
  • UMD quarterback John Larson ranks second in the NSIC with 296.3 total yards per game, third with 223.7 passing yards per game and seventh with 72.7 rushing yards per game. Wide receiver Quincy Woods is tied for the league lead with three receiving touchdowns and ranks seventh with 72.3 receiving yards per game. Linebacker Nate Pearson ranks second in the conference with 5.5 tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks.

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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).