BSU uses complete performance for 42-14 win over Concordia-St. Paul

October 09, 20211st2nd3rd4thFinal
Bemidji State71414742
Concordia-St. Paul707014
1st Quarter
CSPTD12:04Shepley 40 Yd Pass From Peterson (Henson kick)
BSUTD05:02Beaulieu 51 Yd Pass From Alt (Hoffer kick)
2nd Quarter
BSUTD09:39McGath 6 Yd Run (Hoffer kick)
BSUTD01:01McGath 1 Yd Run (Hoffer kick)
3rd Quarter
BSUTD14:20Williams 75 Yd Pass From Alt (Hoffer kick)
CSPTD14:03Preston 71 Yd Run (Henson kick)
BSUTD08:06Williams 75 Yd Pass From Alt (Hoffer kick)
4th Quarter
BSUTD08:19West (Hoffer kick)
Stats at a GlanceBSUCSP
1st Downs2210
3rd Down Conversions6-151-14
4th Down Conversions0-11-4
Passing (Comp-Att)354 (18-31) 151 (16-26)
Rushing (Att)152 (42) 79 (35)
Total Yards506230
Fumbles Lost11
BSU uses complete performance for 42-14 win over Concordia-St. Paul
Saturday, October 9, 2021
BSU uses complete performance for 42-14 win over Concordia-St. Paul
Photo Credit: Brandon Laxson/CSP Athletics

ST. PAUL, Minn. (Sea Foam Stadium) -- A cohesive effort helped the Bemidji State University football team to a 42-14 win over Concordia University-St. Paul on Saturday at Sea Foam Stadium in St. Paul, Minn. The Beavers, now 4-2 overall and 2-0 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division, were led by 506 offensive yards and three takeaways from the “Gang Green” defense.

Sophomore quarterback Brandon Alt put together his fourth 300-yard passing game of the season, totaling 354 yards with three touchdowns and a 58-completion percent. All three of Alt’s touchdowns came from at least 50 yards out, including two 75-yard catch and run scores by senior wide receiver Malik Williams.

Junior wide receiver Dhel Duncan-Busby led the receivers with four receptions for 63 yards while Williams brought in three receptions for 160 yards and two touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Brendan Beaulieu caught three passes for 70 yards and a 51-yard touchdown.

Bemidji State’s defense limited Concordia-St. Paul to 230 offensive yards and recorded three takeaways. Freshman Colton Herman brought in BSU’s first takeaway of the game on an interception, while junior defensive back Jake West returned an interception 96 yards for a touchdown. Senior linebacker Gabe Ames led the defensive unit with seven tackles, 3.0 tackles for a loss of 17 yards and one fumble recovery.

The Beavers forced the Golden Bears to punt on their first drive of the game, which included a third-down sack by junior edge rusher Zollie Kaplan. BSU gave the ball back on its second offensive play, an interception to set up CSP at the BSU 40-yardline. Concordia-St. Paul scored the first touchdown of the game on a double pass for 40 yards.

Alt threw the first of his three touchdowns midway through the first quarter, finding Beaulieu in the middle of the field on his way to a 51-yard catch and run score. The throw completed a six-play, 87-yard drive to tie the game, 7-7. Bemidji State continued to click offensively with a 74-yard drive early in the second quarter, capped by the first of two rushing touchdowns by freshman quarterback Sam McGath.

Bemidji State held Concordia-St. Paul without a first down in the second quarter, helping extend its lead before halftime. The CSP offense gave away a fumble late in the first half to set up McGath’s second rushing touchdown, this time from one yard out to put BSU ahead, 21-7.

Just two plays out of halftime, Alt and Williams made their first of two 75-yard touchdown connections. Williams caught the ball near mid-field before spinning away from a tackle and giving BSU a 28-7 lead. After CSP brought the game back to within two scores on a 71-yard rushing touchdown, Alt and Williams connected again from 75 yards. Williams was set up for a screen near the sideline, back-stepped to avoid a defender and ran up the sideline for a 35-14 lead.

Bemidji State forced Concordia-St. Paul to a turnover on downs and a punt before West solidified the BSU win with his interception returned for a touchdown. The pick-six gave the Beavers a 42-14 lead and went down as the third-longest interception return in BSU history.

The BSU rushing attack combined for 152 yards on the ground, led by sophomore running back Sage Booker with 88 yards on 22 carries. Sophomore back Makaio Harn tallied 64 rushing yards on 13 attempts with a long of 24 yards.

Senior defensive back Hameed Oyedele followed Ames in tackles with six, with 0.5 tackle for a loss. Kaplan and fellow edge rusher Colbey Wadsworth tallied five tackles, including 2.0 sacks for a loss of 22 yards for Kaplan.

Bemidji State returns home Saturday, Oct. 16 to renew the Battle Axe Rivalry against Minnesota State University Moorhead.

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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).