Home opener set for (RV) Beavers against Wildcats on First Responders’ Day

Home opener set for (RV) Beavers against Wildcats on First Responders’ Day
Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Home opener set for (RV) Beavers against Wildcats on First Responders’ Day

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University football program will honor first responders as part of Saturday, Sept. 11’s home opener against Wayne State College at Chet Anderson Stadium in Bemidji, Minn. The (RV) Beavers and Wildcats kick-off at 2 p.m. as part of First Responders’ Day on the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

Live Coverage

  • Saturday’s game will be streamed through the NSIC Network (Browser/Amazon Fire TV/Android TV/Apple TV/Roku).
  • Live audio is available through the Beaver Radio Network online or on 92.1 FM radio, led by play-by-play Brian Schultz and color commentator Brian Bissonette.
  • Live stats are available HERE.

The Series

  • Wayne State leads the all-time series, 11-9.
  • Bemidji State has won two straight games in the series, with the most recent victory of 27-10 coming on Sept. 29, 2018 in Wayne, Neb.
  • The series is tied, 4-4, in Bemidji while the Beavers won the most recent game at Chet Anderson Stadium, 45-17, on Sept. 17, 2016.
  • The series first began on Sept. 22, 1990, a 22-0 win by Wayne State in Wayne.

The Teams
(RV) Bemidji State

  • Bemidji State opened its season with a 24-16 victory over the University of Sioux Falls on Thursday, Sept. 2 in Sioux Falls, S.D. The Beavers earned their first ever win in Sioux Falls, now back-to-back overall in the series, after a 656-day hiatus since the 2019 season.
  • BSU scored 24 points before allowing USF to light the scoreboard. The “Gang Green” defense opened the game with a fumble recovery on the Cougars’ first offensive drive of the game. The Beavers followed with another fumble recovery in the third quarter before sealing the win with another fumble recovery with 40 seconds to play.
  • Sophomore Brandon Alt threw for a career-high 310 passing yards and three touchdowns, becoming the first Bemidji State football student-athlete to throw for at least 300 yards against Sioux Falls.
  • Senior wide receiver Malik Williams, BSU’s Offensive Player to Watch heading into 2021, caught seven passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns. His touchdown receptions came from 24 yards and 53 yards, the latter to cap a four-play, 91-yard drive to put BSU ahead, 17-0. Williams became the second Beaver with at least 100 receiving yards in the series, topping Blake Holder’s mark of 153 yards from 2014.
  • Junior wide receiver Dhel Duncan-Busby caught three passes, including Alt’s third touchdown of the day. Fellow junior wide receiver Brendan Beaulieu totaled four catches for 58 yards.
  • The sophomore running back duo of Sage Booker and Makaio Harn shared duties in the backfield for 98 rushing yards. Booker led the way with 61 yards on 20 carries while Harn recorded 37 yards on 13 carries.
  • Newcomer and senior defensive back Hameed Oyedele made an impact during his first game with the Beavers, tying for the defensive lead with eight tackles, returning one kickoff for 15 yards and forcing BSU’s first fumble recovery of the game. Oyedele also added a pass break up on 4th and 5 at the BSU 33-yardline to shut down a six-play, 38-yard drive by USF late in the second quarter.
  • Sophomore linebacker Cole Sorby tied Oyedele for the BSU lead in tackles with eight, including six solo tackles. Sorby added 1.5 tackles for a loss of 10 yards, including BSU’s lone sack of the night for a nine-yard loss.
  • The “Gang Green” recorded three fumble recoveries with no turnovers given away for the first time since Oct. 24, 2015 against St. Cloud State University. Junior defensive back Jake West recovered a fumble on the USF opening drive, senior James Moe recovered a fumble in the third quarter while senior linebacker Gabe Ames forced the game-clinching fumble recovered by freshman linebacker Ty Guden in the fourth quarter.
  • Bemidji State garnered one vote in the AFCA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll following the win over USF. Sioux Falls entered the season with votes in the poll before being taken down by Bemidji State. BSU last received votes in the AFCA Top 25 Poll after week two of the 2017 season, when it started No. 25 in the poll.
  • Despite a wet night during the season opener, BSU ranks 25th in the nation with 310 passing yards. The Beavers also took care of the ball to rank fifth in the nation in turnover margin (3.0).

Wayne State

  • The Wildcats are led by second-year head coach John McMenamin, who holds a career record of 1-0 after the 2020 season was canceled.
  • Wayne State took a 34-27 season-opening win over the University of Mary to set up a game of two 1-0 teams in NSIC action in week two.
  • WSC’s run defense was near perfect while allowing just four rushing yards to the Marauders on 23 attempts, an average of 0.2 yards per rush. The Wildcats recorded 188 rushing yards of their own along with 268 passing yards.
  • The Wildcats built a 24-0 lead through the early minutes of the third quarter. WSC allowed UMary to score 27 points through the final 25 minutes of the game.
  • Sophomore quarterback Tavian Willis led the WSC offense with 268 passing yards and three touchdowns, as seven different athletes caught passes. Willis was the team’s second-leading rusher with 46 yards on nine carries, following behind senior running back Anthony Watkins with 76 rushing yards and one touchdown on 12 rushes.
  • Senior wide receiver Taurean Grady led WSC with five receptions for 60 yards and one touchdown while senior wide receiver Trystn Ducker added 111 receiving yards on four catches and one touchdown.
  • Junior defensive lineman Ryan Parker led the defensive unit that recorded five sacks on the day. Parker chipped in 2.0 sacks for a loss of 12 yards while senior defensive lineman Josh Taylor totaled 2.0 tackles for a loss and 1.0 sack.

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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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