Bemidji State closes 2019 regular season with Beaver Bash at Minot State

Bemidji State closes 2019 regular season with Beaver Bash at Minot State
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Bemidji State closes 2019 regular season with Beaver Bash at Minot State

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University football closes out the 2019 regular season Saturday, Nov. 16 with a 1 p.m. kickoff at Minot State University in Minot, N.D. The Beaver Bash moves into its 21st year with annual meetings between the two programs dating back to 1999.

The Series

  • Bemidji State leads the all-time series against Minot State, 19-1.
  • BSU has won 16 straight games against MiSU, last falling to Minot State Sept. 7, 2002.
  • Bemidji State won the most recent meeting, 69-7, Nov. 10, 2018, for its largest margin of victory in the series.
  • The series first began Sept. 4, 1999, in Bemidji, a 28-7 win by Bemidji State.

The Teams
Bemidji State

  • The Beavers’ “Gang Green” defense shut out Minnesota State University Moorhead in the second half of the Battle Axe trophy game to guide the team to a 28-24 win.
  • BSU went into halftime facing a 24-21 deficit after leading 14-0 in the second quarter. The Dragons scored touchdowns on three straight drives following that point before tacking on a field goal to end the first half. BSU blocked a MSUM field goal to open the second half and forced four punts and two turnovers before holding off a last-minute drive by the Dragons to end the game.
  • Bemidji State has now won three of the last five against MSU Moorhead and continued a streak of six straight games in which the road team in the series was victorious.
  • Sophomore running back Jalen Frye continued his impactful season with a career-high 208 rushing yards on 47 carries, the first 200-yard rushing game for a Beaver since Avery Walker in 2013. Frye averaged 4.4 yards per carry and added an 18-yard touchdown to put BSU ahead, 21-7, midway through the second quarter.
  • Junior quarterback Emmett Enright completed 13-of-26 passes for 169 yards with three touchdowns, including scoring passes to junior wide receiver Malik Williams twice and sophomore wide receiver Brendan Beaulieu.
  • Williams led BSU with 92 receiving yards on six catches while Beaulieu added 64 yards on six receptions.
  • Enright’s 16-yard connection to Williams with 6:33 in the third quarter proved to be the game-winner.
  • Sophomore linebacker Yaquub Mohamed led the “Gang Green” defense with 10 tackles, 2.0 tackles for a loss and 1.0 sack, as the defensive unit finished the game with 6.0 total sacks against MSUM.
  • All 10 of Mohamed’s tackles came unassisted while senior linebacker Lukas Ruoss followed with six tackles and picked up his first career interception.
  • Senior defensive back Michael Junker also recorded an interception on the first MSUM drive of the game, adding to his career total with 15 that ranks second at BSU all-time.
  • The Beavers also came up with a fumble recovery as senior defensive end Alex Hoffman recorded a sack that led to a recovery by junior defensive end James Moe.

Minot State

  • The Beavers lost their third straight and the fourth overall in NSIC North Division play following a 31-19 decision at St. Cloud State University.
  • MiSU went ahead late in the first quarter with a short touchdown rush before a field goal in the second quarter for its final lead of the game. St. Cloud State added two second-quarter touchdowns to go into halftime with a 17-10 lead and eventually took a 31-13 advantage late in the fourth quarter.
  • Sophomore quarterback Sean Kuenzinger threw for 152 yards on 15-of-21 passing with one touchdown and two interceptions.
  • Senior wide receiver Lavante Bushnell led the team with five catches for 59 yards while freshman running back Ali Mohamed accounted for both of MiSU’s touchdowns, one on the ground and one through the air.
  • Senior defensive back Geordie McDougall led the defense with seven tackles with one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
  • The Beavers rank 13th in scoring offense (17.8) and 13th in scoring defense (34.3) while coming in 15th in total offense (299.4 ypg) and 16th in total defense (478.0 ypg).
  • Minot State’s rushing attack is among the top half of the conference, ranking seventh with 147.7 rushing yards per game.

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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).