Beaver Football looks to spoil Golden Bears’ Homecoming Oct. 9

Beaver Football looks to spoil Golden Bears’ Homecoming Oct. 9
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Beaver Football looks to spoil Golden Bears’ Homecoming Oct. 9

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University football team hopes to flip the script and play Homecoming spoiler in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division tilt at Concordia University-St. Paul on Saturday, Oct. 9. The Beavers and Golden Bears will meet for the 18th game in the series at 12 p.m. from Sea Foam Stadium in St. Paul, Minn.

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 Kevin Reid.
  • Live stats are available HERE.

The Series

  • Bemidji State leads the all-time series, 9-8.
  • CSP leads the all-time series in St. Paul, 6-3. All three of BSU’s wins in St. Paul have come during the last five road meetings.
  • Concordia-St. Paul won the most recent meeting, 24-23 in overtime, on Oct. 26, 2019. Following a CSP touchdown to open the first overtime period, BSU scored on a 24-yard touchdown pass but failed the game-winning, two-point conversion.
  • BSU has just one 300-yard passer against CSP since 2002 and no 100-yard receiver in the series since 2008. The Beavers have featured a 100-yard running back in each of the last three meetings, including two 100-yard backs in the 2017 meeting in Bemidji.
  • The series first began Oct. 2, 1999, a 54-7 win by BSU in Bemidji.

The Teams
Bemidji State

  • Bemidji State bounced back in the win column with a 49-35 win over Minot State University on Senior Day/Shrine Day. BSU extended its winning streak over MSU to 18 games to open the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division schedule.
  • BSU opened the game with the first three touchdowns, building a 22-0 lead behind rushing touchdowns from sophomore running back Sage Booker and Makaio Harn. Sophomore quarterback Brandon Alt hit senior wide receiver Malik Williams on a 67-yard touchdown connection.
  • MSU rallied with back-to-back touchdown drives to begin a shootout. Although Alt added three more touchdown passes, Minot State remained within one score of Bemidji State until senior kicker Mason Hoffer hit field goals on back-to-back drives to end the game.
  • The “Gang Green” defense forced at least three turnovers for the third time this season, coming away with four against Minot State. BSU recovered two fumbles and pulled down two interceptions, one from sophomore defensive backs Keontay Shorter and Caleb Young.
  • Freshman defensive back Colton Herman led the defense with a career-high nine tackles, including a 0.5 tackle for a loss and one fumble recovery. Senior linebacker Jaylen Jenkins and sophomore linebacker Spencer Wehr each followed in tackles with eight and seven, respectively. Jenkins tallied a career-high 3.0 tackles for a loss, including 1.0 sack, while Wehr also recorded 1.0 sack, ending as a strip sack to set up a short BSU field.
  • Brandon Alt recorded his third 300-yard passing game of the season, and fourth 300-yard total offensive game, after throwing for 301 yards and four touchdowns. He averaged 25.1 yards per completion while all four touchdown passes went for at least 25 yards.
  • Alt ranks fourth in the nation and third in the NSIC with 16 touchdown passes. He moved into a tie for 10th all-time at BSU with 26 career touchdown passes in just eight career games.
  • Senior wide receiver Brendan Beaulieu caught three passes for 81 yards and one touchdown, extending his team lead in receptions (32) and yards (560) this season. He is 10th in the nation and 5th in the NSIC in total receiving yards, and is 138 receiving yards away from tying for 10th all-time in BSU history. Fellow receiver Malik Williams recorded his second multi-touchdown game of the season and fifth of his career. Williams, who has 14 career touchdown catches, is one receiving touchdown shy of tying for ninth all-time at BSU.
  • Kicker Mason Hoffer continues his perfect start to the 2021 season at 6-of-6 from field goals and 19-of-19 on extra point attempts. He totaled 11 points in Saturday’s win on field goals from 30 and 26 yards and five extra point kicks. Hoffer is one of four kickers nationally to be 6-of-6 or better this season and one of five nationally to be at least 19-of-19 on extra points.
  • Bemidji State ranks seventh in the nation and second in the NSIC in passing offense at 333.4 yards per game. At the same rate, BSU also ranks seventh in the nation and second in the conference in sacks allowed with just three.
  • The Beavers’ red zone offense is also in the top half of the nation at 44th, scoring on 85.7% of trips inside the 20-yard line. In 22 red zone trips, BSU has scored on 19 possessions with 13 coming as touchdowns.

Concordia-St. Paul

  • The Golden Bears are led by 15th-year head coach Shannon Currier, who is 48-45 during two stints with CSP.
  • Concordia-St. Paul fell in its third straight game Oct. 2 at No. 17 Minnesota State University, Mankato, 58-10. The Mavericks scored on six straight possessions after a game-opening three-and-out to take a commanding 33-0 lead. The Golden Bears’ lone touchdown came with just over three minutes to play in the game, a 36-yard touchdown run by freshman running back Brandon Marenco to cap an 8-play, 88-yard drive.
  • CSP was limited to just nine first downs against MSU and combined for 167 yards of total offense. The Golden Bears defense allowed the Mavericks to average 19.4 yards per passing completion and 352 total rushing yards. CSP was held to 3.3 yards per carry on 37 attempts while the passing attack completed just five of 22 attempts for 46 yards with three sacks. No CSP receiver had more than one catch.
  • Junior defensive back Rhett Sheehan and freshman linebacker Caden Baarts led the CSP defense with five tackles each, including 1.0 tackle for a loss from Baarts. All five of Sheehan’s tackles were solo.

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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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