Beaver Football sets sights on Homecoming versus Vikings

Beaver Football sets sights on Homecoming versus Vikings
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Beaver Football sets sights on Homecoming versus Vikings

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- It’s Homecoming week at Bemidji State University as the football program hosts Augustana University with sights set on a 10th straight jump into Lake Bemidji. The Beavers and Vikings kickoff the fifth game of the season  and the first of four Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference interdivisional contests at 2 p.m. from Chet Anderson Stadium.

The Series

  • Augustana leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 7-2.
  • BSU’s most recent win against AU came Sept. 10, 2011 with a 30-27 overtime victory.
  • The Vikings have won the previous three meetings.
  • Saturday is the first time the Beavers will play the Vikings on Homecoming.
  • The series first began Sept. 23, 1961 in Sioux Falls, S.D. a 22-6 win by Augustana.

The Teams
Bemidji State

  • BSU enters its Homecoming game 3-1 overall and second in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division.
  • Bemidji State was off to an ideal start last week against No. 13 University of Minnesota Duluth with a touchdown on the game-opening drive but ultimately fell, 42-7.
  • The Beavers capped a 10-play, 88-yard drive with a four-yard touchdown run to go ahead 7-0. The “Gang Green” defense again held its opponent scoreless through the first quarter before heading into halftime, 7-7. The Bulldogs pulled away in the third quarter with a 30-yard blocked punt returned for a touchdown, a 79-yard touchdown pass and a 76-yard interception returned for a touchdown. UMD added two touchdowns in the fourth quarter for the final scores of the game.
  • Sophomore running back Jalen Frye commanded the ground game for BSU with 117 rushing yards on 28 carries, averaging 4.2 yards per touch, and scored the team’s lone touchdown of the game. He has run for over 100 yards in each of the last two games, including the third-best performance of his career against UMD.
  • Freshman running back Makaio Harn took 11 carries for 44 yards while junior wide receiver Malik Williams took two rushes 34 yards. Williams also led the receiving corps with four catches for 32 yards while senior wide receiver Jacob Anderson caught two passes for 35 yards.
  • Sophomore defensive back Gunnar Feldhege took over the team’s season lead in tackles after a BSU-best seven tackles against the Bulldogs. Feldhege helped limit the Bulldogs to fewer than 200 yards passing and a .480 completion percentage.
  • Taking UMD’s touchdown passes out of account, BSU held UMD to 85 passing yards. The “Gang Green” defense allowed more than 40 points for just the fourth time over the past four seasons.
  • BSU was shut out in the second half in a game for the first time since 2014.
  • Saturday’s loss to UMD was just the second time under Bolte that BSU scored seven points or fewer and just the fourth time the team allowed 40 points or more.
  • Bemidji State held Minnesota Duluth scoreless in the red zone and continues to lead the NSIC in red-zone defense at 13 percent.
  • The Beavers have outscored their opponents 119-66 this season and 75-17 in the first half. BSU has yet to give up a point in the first quarter.
  • This season is the first time BSU is averaging over 30 minutes in time of possession since 2013.

Augustana

  • Augustana took a 20-13 win over University of Sioux Falls during Thursday Night Football last week to move to 3-1 overall heading into NSIC interdivisional play.
  • The win was the Vikings’ first over the Cougars since 2013 in the Key to the City rivalry game.
  • The Vikings and Cougars traded scores into the fourth quarter to set up a 13-13 tie that was broken by a two-yard touchdown rush. The go-ahead score was set up off a botched snap on a USF punt that put AU on the two-yard line.
  • Augustana held Sioux Falls to 38 rushing yards on 46 attempts but gave up 281 passing yards.
  • The Vikings snuck away with the win after totaling just 139 yards and converting 4-of-14 3rd downs.
  • Augustana ranks sixth in the NSIC with 26.3 points per game despite coming in 13th in total yards at 317.8 per game.
  • Augustana has allowed 48.0 rushing yards per game, excluding its loss to No. 3 Minnesota State University, Mankato in which it allowed 334 yards on 52 carries.
  • The Vikings rank one spot ahead of the Beavers in scoring defense at 13.3 points per game.
  • Junior quarterback Kyle Saddler ranks fifth in the league with 215.0 passing yards per game.
  • Senior wide receiver Brett Shepley ranks fourth in the NSIC with 84.7 receiving yards per game and ninth with 254 total receiving yards in three games played.
  • Junior defensive lineman Logan Swanson earned the NSIC Defensive Player of the Week after totaling two sacks, one forced fumble and eight total tackles.

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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).

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