Football closes NSIC interdivisional schedule Saturday at Concordia-St. Paul
The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference interdivisional schedule concludes Saturday, Oct. 26 as the Bemidji State University football program travels to face Concordia University-St. Paul at Sea Foam Stadium. The Beavers and Golden Bears meet in the relatively young series at 12 p.m. in St. Paul, Minn.
The Series – Bemidji State leads the all-time series against Concordia-St. Paul, 9-7. BSU has won two straight and seven of the last nine meetings against CSP. The Beavers won the most recent meeting, 54-17, in Bemidji, Minn., and have won by an average margin of 38.5 points over the last two meetings.
The series first began Oct. 2, 1999 in Bemidji, a 54-7 win by the Beavers.
Bemidji State’s late-game magic ran dry during just its second loss of the season to Winona State University, 27-14. The Beavers trailed the Warriors at halftime, 10-7, and scored a touchdown early in the fourth quarter to keep the game within one score. BSU’s fifth interception of the game set up a 32-yard touchdown drive by WSU to secure the loss for the Beavers.
Despite falling for just the fourth time under Head Coach Brent Bolte when allowing 30 or fewer points, Bemidji State outgained Winona State in total yards, 464-377.
The “Gang Green” defense forced the Warriors to seven punts on the day, tied for the most forced this season, and pulled away two interceptions.
Sophomore running back Jalen Frye carried his way to a career-high 179 rushing yards and two touchdowns, both coming out of the wildcat formation. He opened up scoring for BSU on its second offensive possession with an 11-yard score and brought the team to within six points, 20-14, with a 17-yard run early in the fourth quarter.
Frye ranks second in the NSIC with 110.3 rushing yards per game. He has 1,282 career rushing yards in 16 career games, 426 rushing yards shy of 10th most in BSU history. Frye ranks 20th in NCAA Division II with 662 rushing yards this season and 26th in rushing yards per game average.