Homecoming streak snapped as Bemidji State falls to Augustana

September 26, 20211st2nd3rd4thFinal
Augustana (SD)714171452
Bemidji State01001424
1st Quarter
AUTD10:06Engel 6 Yd Pass From Saddler (Limburg kick)
2nd Quarter
BSUFG13:53Hoffer 32 Yd
AUTD04:48Engel 11 Yd Pass From Saddler (Limburg kick)
AUTD01:47Uttecht 18 Yd Pass From Saddler (Limburg kick)
BSUTD00:47Beaulieu 8 Yd Pass From Alt (Hoffer kick)
3rd Quarter
AUFG10:43Limburg 27 Yd
AUTD02:18Saddler 4 Yd Run (Limburg kick)
AUTD00:42Cleveringa 18 Yd Pass From Saddler (Limburg kick)
4th Quarter
BSUTD14:22Duffy 5 Yd Pass From Alt (Hoffer kick)
AUTD10:48Jones 19 Yd Pass From Saddler (Limburg kick)
AUTD09:04Goodbary 6 Yd Pass From Saddler (Limburg kick)
BSUTD05:52Williams 5 Yd Pass From McGath (Hoffer kick)
Stats at a GlanceAUBSU
1st Downs3319
3rd Down Conversions11-167-16
4th Down Conversions0-23-4
Passing (Comp-Att)316 (23-37) 362 (27-53)
Rushing (Att)198 (55) 30 (16)
Total Yards514392
Fumbles Lost10
Homecoming streak snapped as Bemidji State falls to Augustana
Saturday, September 25, 2021
Homecoming streak snapped as Bemidji State falls to Augustana

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Chet Anderson Stadium) -- Bemidji State University football's 10-game Homecoming winning streak was snapped Saturday afternoon during a 52-24 loss to No. 22 Augustana University. The Beavers fall to 2-2 overall before heading into Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division play.

Junior wide receiver Brendan Beaulieu caught 10 passes for 158 yards and one touchdown, marking his sixth career game with at least 100 receiving yards. He is also the first Beaver with 100 receiving yards against the Vikings since Brian Leonhardt in 2011. Junior receiver Dhel Duncan-Busby brought in seven passes for 70 yards while senior Malik Williams and junior tight end Bryce Duffy each caught touchdown passes.

Senior defensive back Hameed Oyedele led the “Gang Green” defense with 10 tackles, including seven assisted, while adding one pass break up. Senior defensive lineman Josh Wleh followed with eight tackles, one forced fumble and a quarterback hurry.

Augustana jumped in front after the opening drive of the game as the Vikings drove 65 yards on 11 plays that was capped by a six-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Kyle Saddler, the first of his six passing touchdowns on the day. Despite another 60+ yard drive on AU’s second possession, BSU’s defense held up on third-and-goal at the goal line as freshman defensive back Caleb Young recovered a fumble to give the ball back to the Beavers.

The Beaver defense again provided a spark with a fourth down stop of the Vikings on their next possession, setting up the BSU offense at its own 40-yardline. Sophomore quarterback Brandon Alt completed two passes while the offense was also aided by a pass interference call to set up the unit in the red zone trailing, 7-0. BSU was stopped at its own 15-yardline and then forced to kick a field goal, a 32-yard attempt good by senior kicker Mason Hoffer. He converted his fourth field goal of the season to bring BSU back, 7-3.

The Vikings jumped ahead with touchdowns on back-to-back drives before an answer from the Beavers late in the first half. Alt connected with Beaulieu on four completions, culminating with an eight-yard score to bring BSU within two scores, 21-10, at halftime.

Bemidji State received the ball to start the second half but was stalled with a turnover on downs at the Augustana 35-yardline. The Vikings then went on to score on four touchdowns and one field goal during their six second-half possessions, only failing to score on the final drive of the game.

Augustana held the ball for over 41 minutes and gained 33 first downs on 514 yards of total offense. Bemidji State lost the turnover battle, 3-1, as AU picked off BSU three times.

Hoffer is now 4-of-4 on field goals and 14-of-14 on extra point attempts this season. He is BSU’s second leading scorer on the season with 26 points, trailing freshman wide receiver Bubba Peters with 30.

Bemidji State remains at home for its next game on Saturday, Oct. 2 in its first game of NSIC North Division action against Minot State University.

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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).