|October 02, 2021||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|BSU||TD||09:15||Booker 3 Yd Run (Hoffer kick)|
|BSU||TD||08:47||Harn 1 Yd Run (Hoffer kick)|
|BSU||TD||03:17||Williams 67 Yd Pass From Alt|
|MISU||TD||01:04||Nathan Young 1 Yd Pass From Dawson Macleary (Dillon Fedor kick)|
|MISU||TD||12:59||Dawson Macleary 1 Yd Run (Dillon Fedor kick)|
|BSU||TD||08:46||Beaulieu 34 Yd Pass From Alt (Hoffer kick)|
|MISU||TD||01:22||PeytonLamoureux 16 Yd Pass From Dawson Macleary (Dillon Fedor kick)|
|BSU||TD||06:38||Williams 25 Yd Pass From Alt (Hoffer kick)|
|MISU||TD||01:47||PeytonLamoureux 27 Yd Pass From Dawson Macleary (Dillon Fedor kick)|
|BSU||TD||00:49||Wandmaker 41 Yd Pass From Alt (Hoffer kick)|
|MISU||TD||10:55||Dawson Macleary 1 Yd Run (Dillon Fedor kick)|
|BSU||FG||04:33||Hoffer 30 Yd|
|BSU||FG||00:48||Hoffer 26 Yd|
|Stats at a Glance||MISU||BSU|
|3rd Down Conversions||7-15||6-14|
|4th Down Conversions||2-4||0-2|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||408 (28-40)||313 (14-36)|
|Rushing (Att)||114 (36)||241 (38)|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (Chet Anderson Stadium) -- The Bemidji State University football program bounced back from a two-game skid by taking a 49-35 shootout win over Minot State University on Saturday in a game that featured over 1,000 yards of total offense. BSU ran for over 241 yards on the ground to improve to 3-2 overall and 1-0 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division.
Bemidji State's sophomore running back duo accounted for 38 carries for 224 rushing yards and two touchdowns, led by Makaio Harn with a career-high 131 yards. Sage Booker tallied 93 yards and brought in one reception for 15 yards. BSU has now recorded six straight games against MSU with a 100-yard running back.
The "Gang Green" defense forced four turnovers, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries, en route to its third multi-takeaway game of the season. Two of BSU's takeaways came on two of MSU's final three drives of the game. Freshman defensive back Colton Herman recovered a fumble for Bemidji State and led its defense with nine tackles, including six solo. Senior linebacker Jaylen Jenkins recorded eight tackles with 3.0 tackles for a loss of 10 yards, 1.0 sack and one hurry.
BSU opened the game with the ball after choosing to receive but came out with a three-and-out. After forcing a three-and-out on Minot State’s opening drive, Bemidji State proceeded to drive 80 yards on 12 plays to score the game’s first points. The drive was led by Booker and Harn with nine rushes for 73 yards, capped by Booker with a three-yard rush into the endzone to go ahead, 7-0.
On the ensuing kickoff, Bemidji State forced a fumble recovered by Herman to set up the offense at the Minot State 32-yardline. Sophomore quarterback Brandon Alt connected for 31 yards to junior wide receiver Mike Wandmaker, which allowed Harn to score a touchdown from one yard out to extend the lead, 14-0.
BSU’s defense forced MSU to its second punt of the day, which set up another 80-yard drive late in the first half. Alt completed two passes for 78 yards, including a 67-yard touchdown to senior wide receiver Malik Williams. Bemidji State ran the ball in for the two-point conversion to push its lead to 22-0.
Minot State fought back with back-to-back touchdown drives to cut its deficit to 22-14 before Bemidji State brought in its second takeaway of the game. Sophomore defensive back Keontay Shorter brought in his second interception of the season and ran it to the MSU side of the field. Alt connected on another long throw, this time of 34 yards to senior wide receiver Brendan Beaulieu to hold off MSU, 29-14.
Again, MSU answered BSU’s score with another touchdown late in the second quarter to trail by one score, 29-21. After the halftime break, Minot State opened with possession and missed a field goal on its opening drive. A series of four straight touchdown possessions between BSU and MSU followed, featuring two touchdown passes from Alt to Williams from 25 yards out and Wandmaker from 41 yards. Williams’ second touchdown reception and Wandmaker’s second catch of the game gave Bemidji State a 43-28 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Minot State drove 75 yards on 11 plays to get back within one score, 43-35, but senior kicker Mason Hoffer hit field goals on back-to-back drives (30, 26) late in the game to seal the win, 49-35. Hoffer is now 6-of-6 on field goal attempts and 19-of-19 on extra-point kicks this season.
Bemidji State recorded 554 total yards of offense, combining with Minot State for 1,076 total yards. Both teams combined for over 1,000 yards of offense during its most recent game on Nov. 16, 2019.
Alt finished with 301 passing yards and four touchdowns, his fourth game of the season with over 300 yards of total offense. Williams led the BSU receiving corps with three catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns, his fifth career game with two touchdown catches. Beaulieu brought in three catches for 81 yards and a touchdown, while Wandmaker finished with 72 receiving yards and a score.
Bemidji State hits the road Saturday, Oct. 9 with a showdown against new NSIC North Division member Concordia University-St. Paul.
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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).