Beavers host Huskies for senior day at Chet Anderson Stadium

Beavers host Huskies for senior day at Chet Anderson Stadium
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Beavers host Huskies for senior day at Chet Anderson Stadium

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University football program closes out its home schedule Saturday, Nov. 2 with a 1 p.m. kickoff against St. Cloud State University at Chet Anderson Stadium. The Beavers will recognize its 2019 class of seniors who have combined for 29 wins since the start of the 2016 season.

The Series

  • Cloud State leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 37-22-3.
  • BSU has won four straight and six of the last eight meetings against SCSU.
  • The Beavers won the most recent meeting, 37-24, in St. Cloud, Minn.
  • The series first began Oct. 7, 1927 in Bemidji, a 26-6 win by the Huskies.

The Teams
Bemidji State

  • Bemidji State went for a game-winning two-point conversion that ultimately came up short in its 24-23 overtime loss at Concordia University-St. Paul Oct. 26.
  • BSU overcame a 17-7 deficit at halftime as the “Gang Green” defense held CSP scoreless in the third and fourth quarters. A Beaver touchdown pass with 1:51 remaining sent the game to overtime before the Golden Bears took the opening possession in for a touchdown. Following a 24-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-nine, a two-point pass attempt was intercepted to end the game.
  • The Beavers fell in back-to-back games for just the second time under Bolte but have not lost three straight games since the start of the 2015 season.
  • Sophomore running back Jalen Frye ran for over 150 yards for the second straight game on 46 carries. Frye totaled 94 of his game-high 151 rushing yards in the second half.
  • Junior quarterback Emmett Enright connected with junior wide receiver Malik Williams late in the fourth quarter to force overtime before finding senior wide receiver Jake Anderson on BSU’s first possession of overtime. Enright finished the game 14-of-25 passing for 169 yards and three touchdowns.
  • Sophomore wide receiver Brendan Beaulieu led the BSU receiving corps with four catches for 61 yards.
  • Junior linebacker Matt Brennan led the “Gang Green” defense with a career-high 11 tackles, followed by junior linebacker Jaylen Jenkins and sophomore defensive back Gunnar Feldhege with 10 tackles each.
  • Feldhege recorded his first interception of the season and second of his career.
  • BSU’s defense as a unit finished with 3.0 sacks and 7.0 tackles for a loss while holding CSP to three punts, two missed field goals, an interception and a fumble in a second-half shutout.
  • The Beavers are recognizing the 2019 senior class prior to Saturday’s game against the Huskies. Seniors included will be wide receiver Jake Anderson, linebacker Andre Chisley Jr., fullback Matt Gross, quarterback Jared Henning, defensive lineman Alex Hoffman, defensive back Michael Junker, defensive back Kemoni Rich, defensive back Ryan Kinard, offensive lineman Nick Niemi, linebacker Lukas Ruoss, fullback Cole Schmitz, defensive back Shane Wakefield, offensive lineman Joe Woods, defensive lineman Seth Zins and student assistant coach Austin Contreras.
  • The 2019 senior class needs three more wins for the most in a four-season span in program history. BSU’s 29 wins over the last four seasons are tied for third-most in a four-season span.
  • The “Gang Green” defense ranks third in the nation with a .579 red zone defense percentage, allowing just 11 scores on 19 trips.
  • BSU has played in at least one overtime game in each of Bolte’s first four seasons with the team, falling to 1-3 in such games after Saturday’s loss to CSP.
  • Sophomore running back Jalen Frye ran for over 150 yards in consecutive games, becoming the first Beaver to do so since Andrew Lackowski in 2017. Frye’s 46 carries is the most for a Beaver in a game since Avery Walker ran 46 times in 2013. Frye is 275 yards shy of 10th-most rushing yards in BSU history.
  • Senior defensive back Michael Junker ranks sixth nationally and leads the NSIC with five interceptions. He ranks second all-time at BSU with 14 career interceptions and holds the program record for interception return yards.
  • BSU is outscoring its opponents, 71-26, in the first quarter but is being outscored 82-58, in the second and third quarters.
  • Bemidji State has beaten St. Cloud State in the last four meetings by an average margin of 15.5 points per game. BSU is averaging 32.5 points per game and allowing 17.0 points per game since 2015.

St. Cloud State

  • Cloud State took its third straight loss to close out the NSIC interdivisional schedule following a 38-17 loss at Winona State University.
  • SCSU answered an early touchdown by WSU with one of its own but went into halftime facing a 21-10 deficit. The Warriors opened the second half with the next three scores to pull away.
  • The Huskies enter Saturday’s game 3-5 overall and 2-2 in the NSIC North.
  • Senior quarterback Dwayne Lawhorn went 15-of-29 passing for 150 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
  • Eight Huskies combined for 127 rushing yards, led by sophomore wide receiver Paris Howell with 38 yards on four carries.
  • Sophomore defensive back Alec Hafferman led the defense with eight tackles and one pass breakup while senior linebacker Graham Miller totaled six tackles, 3.0 tackles for a loss and 1.5 sacks.
  • The Huskies rank eighth in scoring offense (23.8) and sixth in scoring defense (20.4) while coming in eighth in total offense (331.6 ypg) and fifth in total defense (295.5 ypg).
  • The SCSU defense has held opposing rushing attacks to 78.3 yards per game to rank third in the conference.
  • The Huskies also rank third with 26 total sacks compared to six sacks given up by the Beavers in 2019.

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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).