|September 11, 2021||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|Wayne St. (NE)||7||7||0||14||28|
|BSU||TD||07:55||Peters 8 Yd Pass From Alt (Hoffer kick)|
|WSC||TD||06:30||Keiser 37 Yd Run (Powders kick)|
|BSU||TD||14:12||Peters 16 Yd Pass From Alt (Hoffer kick)|
|WSC||TD||08:11||Keiser 11 Yd Pass From Willis (Powders kick)|
|BSU||TD||00:09||Duffy 6 Yd Pass From Alt (Hoffer kick)|
|BSU||TD||13:23||Duffy 40 Yd Pass From Alt (Hoffer kick)|
|BSU||TD||10:05||Peters 14 Yd Pass From Alt (Hoffer kick)|
|BSU||FG||10:25||Hoffer 27 Yd|
|WSC||TD||08:31||Ducker 7 Yd Pass From Willis|
|WSC||TD||01:39||Ducker 6 Yd Pass From Willis|
|Stats at a Glance||WSC||BSU|
|3rd Down Conversions||4-12||8-17|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||0-1|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||203 (16-32)||449 (28-44)|
|Rushing (Att)||225 (39)||116 (40)|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (Chet Anderson Stadium) -- Sophomore quarterback Brandon Alt led a proficient aerial attack Saturday afternoon as the Bemidji State University football team took down Wayne State College, 38-28, to move to 2-0 on the season. The Beavers featured a receiving duo that combined for five touchdown receptions in front of 3,872 fans at Chet Anderson Stadium on First Responders’ Day.
Alt recorded a career-high 449 passing yards, including 434 through the first three quarters, to go along with five touchdown passes. He completed 28-of-44 pass attempts and found freshman wide receiver Brice “Bubba” Peters for three touchdowns receptions. Junior tight end Bryce Duffy also caught multiple touchdowns from Alt, the first from six yards out and the second from 40 to give BSU a 28-14 lead.
The “Gang Green” defense held Wayne State to 203 passing yards and totaled three takeaways. Senior defensive lineman Josh Wleh and sophomore linebacker Cole Sorby each came away with a fumble recovery while sophomore defensive back Keontay Shorter grabbed an interception against the Wildcats.
The Beavers struck first on their third drive of the day with a seven-play, 76-yard drive. Alt completed four passes on the drive including the first touchdown connection with Peters from eight yards out. After Wayne State tied the game on its next possession, Bemidji State went on a drive of 92 yards to regain the lead. Alt went 5-of-5 on the drive and again found Peters for the go-ahead score, 14-7, from 16 yards out.
The Wildcats came back on the next drive to tie the game again, 14-14, before the Beavers gained momentum for good with an interception from Shorter. Facing another long drive, the BSU offense went 93 yards on 13 plays to head into the halftime break with a 21-14 advantage.
BSU’s stingy defense forced two takeaways on WSC’s first two drives of the second half, while the Beavers put up two touchdowns to extend its lead to 35-14 with 10:05 in the third quarter. Freshman defensive back Colton Herman forced a fumble which was scooped up by Sorby to set up Duffy’s 40-yard touchdown reception on the next play. Shorter came up with a forced fumble and recovery by Wleh on the next WSC drive to set up a six-play, 45-yard drive, culminating with Peters’ third touchdown catch of the game.
Senior kicker Mason Hoffer added the final three points of the day for BSU, giving the team a 38-14 lead with 1:17 to play in the third quarter. WSC scored the final 14 points of the day on two touchdowns, scoring one of two two-point conversions to get within one score.
Bemidji State totaled 565 total yards compared to 422 for Wayne State, with 447 coming through the air and 118 on the ground for the Beavers. BSU recorded three takeaways for the second straight game but gave away two to WSC, including Alt’s first career interception after 98 passing attempts.
Junior wide receiver Brendan Beaulieu led the receiving corps with seven catches for 172 yards, including a long reception of 44 yards. He became just the third Beaver since 2002 to total at least 100 receiving yards against Wayne State and the first since 2012. Alt also became just the third Beaver since 2002 to throw for more than 300 yards, recording the most for a Beaver against the Wildcats during that span.
Peters finished with six catches for 55 yards while junior Dhel Duncan-Busby recorded five catches for 94 yards. Sophomore running back Sage Booker led the backfield with 76 yards on 16 attempts, while fellow sophomore Makaio Harn added 62 rushing yards, four catches and 37 receiving yards.
Leading the way for the “Gang Green” defense was senior linebacker Gabe Ames and Herman with seven tackles each, including one tackle for a loss for Herman. BSU recorded three sacks while allowing just one to WSC.
Bemidji State moves to 6-0 all-time during home openers under head coach Brent Bolte, who is also 3-0 against Wayne State since taking over the program in 2016.
Bemidji State hits the road again for a tough matchup against No. 3 Minnesota State University, Mankato. The Beavers and Mavericks are scheduled to kick-off at 4 p.m. from Blakeslee Stadium in Mankato, 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).