Football closes NSIC interdivisional schedule Saturday at Concordia-St. Paul

Football closes NSIC interdivisional schedule Saturday at Concordia-St. Paul
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Football closes NSIC interdivisional schedule Saturday at Concordia-St. Paul

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference interdivisional schedule concludes Saturday, Oct. 26 as the Bemidji State University football program travels to face Concordia University-St. Paul at Sea Foam Stadium. The Beavers and Golden Bears meet in the relatively young series at 12 p.m. in St. Paul, Minn.

The Series

  • Bemidji State leads the all-time series against Concordia-St. Paul, 9-7.
  • BSU has won two straight and seven of the last nine meetings against CSP.
  • The Beavers won the most recent meeting, 54-17, in Bemidji, Minn., and have won by an average margin of 38.5 points over the last two meetings.
  • The series first began Oct. 2, 1999 in Bemidji, a 54-7 win by the Beavers.

The Teams
Bemidji State

  • Bemidji State’s late-game magic ran dry during just its second loss of the season to Winona State University, 27-14.
  • The Beavers trailed the Warriors at halftime, 10-7, and scored a touchdown early in the fourth quarter to keep the game within one score.
  • BSU’s fifth interception of the game set up a 32-yard touchdown drive by WSU to secure the loss for the Beavers.
  • Despite falling for just the fourth time under Head Coach Brent Bolte when allowing 30 or fewer points, Bemidji State outgained Winona State in total yards, 464-377.
  • The “Gang Green” defense forced the Warriors to seven punts on the day, tied for the most forced this season, and pulled away two interceptions.
  • Sophomore running back Jalen Frye carried his way to a career-high 179 rushing yards and two touchdowns, both coming out of the wildcat formation. He opened up scoring for BSU on its second offensive possession with an 11-yard score and brought the team to within six points, 20-14, with a 17-yard run early in the fourth quarter.
  • Frye ranks second in the NSIC with 110.3 rushing yards per game. He has 1,282 career rushing yards in 16 career games, 426 rushing yards shy of 10th most in BSU history. Frye ranks 20th in NCAA Division II with 662 rushing yards this season and 26th in rushing yards per game average.
  • Junior wide receiver Malik Williams recorded his second straight 11-reception game to lead the Beavers while sophomore wide receiver Brendan Beaulieu finished with a team-best 104 yards receiving, his second straight 100-yard receiving game. Williams opened the game with seven catches in the first quarter and 10 in the first half.
  • From 2015-19, BSU had a stretch of 49 games without a double-digit receiver before Williams’ back-to-back games with 11 catches. He is currently on pace to break the BSU single-season record for average receptions per game at 7.6, which leads the NSIC. Williams’ 37 receptions rank third in the conference.
  • Senior defensive back Michael Junker moved into second all-time at BSU with two interceptions against the Warriors. He has 14 career interceptions in the Green and White and returned the second of his picks back 53 yards.
  • Junker leads the NSIC and ranks fourth nationally with five interceptions this season. He needs one interception in NSIC play to tie for fourth most in the league all-time and also leads the NSIC with 11 passes defended.
  • Junker tied a career-high with nine tackles, following senior defensive lineman Alex Hoffman who paced the squad with 12 tackles. Hoffman’s tackle total set a new career high, along with 4.0 tackles for a loss, 2.0 sacks and one forced fumble.
  • Senior linebacker Lukas Ruoss also recorded nine tackles, including 2.0 tackles for a loss, 1.0 sack and one pass breakup.
  • In total, five Beaver defenders finished with at least eight tackles.
  • Sophomore defensive back Gunnar Feldhege leads the defense and ranks 16th in the NSIC with 47 total tackles.
  • BSU continues to lead the nation in red zone defense at 56 percent despite giving up four red zone scores to WSU.
  • The Beavers also rank within the top 10 nationally in 3rd down conversion defense (4th; 25%) and passes intercepted (6th; 12).
  • Bemidji State has been efficient protecting the quarterback with only five sacks allowed to lead the NSIC and rank 13th nationally. On the flip side, the BSU defensive line has attacked opposing signal-callers with 21 team sacks to rank 19th nationally.
  • BSU is outscoring its opponents in the first half, 95-43, but are being outscored in the second half, 94-84, including a 48-27 difference in the third quarter.

Concordia-St. Paul

  • Concordia-St. Paul took its third loss in its last five games after a 38-31 decision at Minot State University last week.
  • The Golden Bears fell to 4-3 overall and are 1-2 during the interdivisional schedule.
  • CSP came back after allowing an early touchdown to take its only lead of the game, 10-7, early in the second quarter. MiSU followed with back-to-back touchdowns and held off a late surge by CSP in the fourth quarter.
  • Senior quarterback Maxon Hutton went 22-of-39 passing with two touchdowns and one interception, finding senior wide receiver MJ Williams seven times for 91 yards and senior wide receiver Jabril Clewis on the two touchdowns.
  • Sophomore linebacker Gabe Nkumu set a career high with 19 tackles, including 14 solo, with 1.0 tackle for a loss. Sophomore linebacker Jake Portz also added 10 tackles.
  • Portz paces the NSIC with 69 tackles this season while junior defensive lineman Chris Garrett leads the league with 9.0 sacks and 13.5 tackles for a loss.
  • The Golden Bears rank ninth in both scoring offense (24.3) and scoring defense (23.3) while coming in 14th in total offense (304.3 ypg) and ninth in total defense (359.9 ypg).
  • The CSP defense has created pressure on opposing quarterbacks, leading the conference with 27 sacks on the season.

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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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