Key turnovers cost Beavers in 27-14 loss to Warriors

October 19, 20191st2nd3rd4thFinal
Winona State7310727
Bemidji State700714
1st Quarter
WSUTD13:08Anderson 47 Yd Pass From Burke (Ortiz kick)
BSUTD03:25Frye 11 Yd Run (Hoffer kick)
2nd Quarter
WSUFG14:56Ortiz 35 Yd
3rd Quarter
WSUFG06:02Ortiz 25 Yd
WSUTD01:57Santiago-Lloyd 3 Yd Run (Ortiz kick)
4th Quarter
BSUTD11:57Frye 17 Yd Run (Hoffer kick)
WSUTD07:31Santiago-Lloyd 2 Yd Run (Ortiz kick)
Stats at a GlanceWSUBSU
1st Downs1925
3rd Down Conversions5-157-20
4th Down Conversions0-02-3
Passing (Comp-Att)171 (13-25) 287 (27-48)
Rushing (Att)206 (47) 177 (38)
Total Yards377464
Fumbles Lost00
Key turnovers cost Beavers in 27-14 loss to Warriors
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Key turnovers cost Beavers in 27-14 loss to Warriors

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Chet Anderson Stadium) – Despite career days from sophomore running back Jalen Frye and senior defensive back Michael Junker, the Bemidji State University football team fell in a turnover-heavy game to Winona State University Saturday afternoon, 27-14. Frye ran for a career-high 179 yards and two touchdowns while Junker tied his single-game-best with two interceptions as the Beavers fall to 5-2 overall on the season.

Bemidji State threw five interceptions on the day, three of which came on WSU’s side of the field, that led to 10 Winona State points. The final interception of the day set up a 32-yard touchdown drive by the Warriors midway through the fourth quarter to extend their lead by two scores.

Frye accounted for both of BSU’s touchdowns out of the wildcat formation, the first coming from 11 yards and the second from 17. His scores came on BSU’s longest possessions of the game, capping an 11-play, 89-yard drive to tie the game, 7-7, midway through the first quarter and a 9-play, 83-yard drive to bring BSU within one score of WSU early in the fourth.

The “Gang Green” defense limited the Winona State offense through the first half, only allowing scores on the opening drive and a field goal before a 10-7 halftime deficit. After the Warriors were set up at the BSU 31-yard line following an interception midway through the third quarter, the Beavers defense held them to a 25-yard field goal.

The BSU offense struggled on its next two drives with three-and-outs, with a 57-yard WSU touchdown drive in between, before Frye’s second touchdown of the game to bring the Beavers within six points, 20-14. The final BSU interception of the game set up WSU’s final touchdown of the game with 7:25 in the game. Unlike the last two games, the Beavers were not able to create magic for a final-quarter comeback after a near touchdown on 4th-and-7 with 3:17 to play.

Junior wide receiver Malik Williams recorded his second straight game with double-digit receptions, totaling a team-high 11 with 66 yards. Sophomore wide receiver Brendan Beaulieu caught six passes for a team-best 104 yards, averaging 17.3 yards per reception.

Senior defensive lineman Alex Hoffman led the “Gang Green” with a career-high 10 total tackles, four tackles for a loss, and  two sacks. Joining Junker with nine tackles was senior linebacker Lukas Ruoss while sophomore defensive back Gunnar Feldhege and freshman defensive back Keontay Shorter added eight tackles each.

Bemidji State returns to the road for the final interdivisional game of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Saturday, Oct. 26 at Concordia University-St. Paul. The Beavers and Golden Bears kickoff at 12 p.m. from Sea Foam Stadium in St. Paul, 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).