Historic season comes to a close as Beaver Football falls to Orediggers

November 27, 20211st2nd3rd4thFinal
Bemidji State00606
Colo. Sch. of Mines6735755
1st Quarter
MINESTD13:50Matocha 4 Yd Run (Click missed kick)
2nd Quarter
MINESTD11:05McLeod 26 Yd Pass From Matocha (Eich kick)
3rd Quarter
MINESTD11:08Zeman 1 Yd Run (Eich kick)
MINESTD07:17McLeod 65 Yd Pass From Matocha (Eich kick)
MINESTD06:33Zeman 14 Yd Run (Eich kick)
MINESTD01:26Johnston 48 Yd Pass From Matocha (Eich kick)
MINESTD00:14Zeman 28 Yd Run (Eich kick)
4th Quarter
MINESTD09:23Foster 17 Yd Run (Eich kick)
Stats at a GlanceBSUMINES
1st Downs1430
3rd Down Conversions3-149-17
4th Down Conversions0-30-0
Passing (Comp-Att)274 (17-42) 372 (29-38)
Rushing (Att)36 (23) 167 (46)
Total Yards310539
Fumbles Lost11
Historic season comes to a close as Beaver Football falls to Orediggers
Saturday, November 27, 2021
Historic season comes to a close as Beaver Football falls to Orediggers

GOLDEN, Colo. (Marv Kay Stadium) -- The historic 2021 Bemidji State University football season came to a conclusion Saturday afternoon following a 55-6 loss at No. 9 Colorado School of Mines in the second round of the NCAA Division II Football Championship. The Beavers finish the season 10-3 overall, the most wins in BSU history, and were the last remaining team from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference to play in the NCAA DII Championship.

Bemidji State’s day was started abruptly as the opening kickoff was fumbled and recovered by Colorado Mines to set up the first drive of the day in the red zone. Beginning at the BSU 13-yardline, the Orediggers went three plays to score the game-opening touchdown for a 6-0 lead.

The “Gang Green” defense made a fumble recovery during its second time on the field but allowed CSM to take a 13-0 lead following a seven-play, 74-yard drive to start the second quarter.

The Beavers made two trips into the Orediggers’ red zone through the first half, but failed to come away with points after a turnover on 4th-and-10 midway through the second quarter and an interception just seconds before halftime.

Colorado Mines scored touchdowns on its first three drives of the second half before senior safety Hameed Oyedele took back an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to put Bemidji State on the board, 34-6. BSU ran just four plays on CSM’s side of the field the rest of the game while CSM scored touchdowns on three straight drives again between the end of the third quarter and beginning of the fourth.

Colorado Mines compiled 30 first downs with 539 total yards of offense, including 372 through the air and 167 on the ground. The Orediggers’ defense forced five Beavers turnovers, the most given away by BSU this season. The Beavers totaled 310 yards of offense, led by sophomore quarterback Brandon Alt with 274 passing yards. Junior wide receiver Dhel Duncan-Busby led the offense with 103 receiving yards on four catches, while senior wide receiver Brendan Beaulieu caught six passes for 87 yards.

Oyedele led the “Gang Green” defense with a career-high 12 tackles followed by seniors Jaylen Jenkins and Josh Wleh with eight tackles each, including a team-high 1.5 sacks by Jenkins.

The Beavers’ offense set several individual and program records throughout the season, led by Alt who owns the BSU single-season record for passing yards (4,245), passing touchdowns (46) and completions (285). The duo of Beaulieu and Williams also set individual single-season and career records, including Beaulieu’s single-season reception record set Saturday late in the first quarter. Beaulieu holds the BSU single-season records for receiving yards (1,318) and receptions (76), while Williams holds the BSU single-season record for receiving touchdowns (18) and career record for touchdown catches (27).

Bemidji State notched its first-ever win in the NCAA postseason Nov. 20 at Augustana University while the current senior class finishes as the winningest in program history with 33 wins since 2017.

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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).