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Bemidji State's Lance?Rongstad, right, runs as Minnesota-Duluth's Cody Eich closes in for the tackle during Saturday night's game at?Malosky Stadium in Duluth. Forum Communications Co. Photo/Bob King, Duluth News Tribune

Bemidji State football: Beavers unable to match Minnesota-Duluth's offense, defense in 44-21 loss

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The Bemidji State football team's vision of an upset over national power Minnesota-Duluth faded fast Saturday night.

The Bulldogs controlled play for much of the game and defeated the Beavers 44-21 at Malosky Stadium.

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Duluth, ranked No. 1 in the d2football.com and American College Football Association national polls, led 23-7 at halftime behind three touchdown passes from quarterback Chase Vogler.

The lone BSU score in the first 30 minutes came on Lance Rogstad's six-yard touchdown reception in the final seconds of the second quarter.

UMD (4-0 overall, 3-0 NSIC) put the game away by scoring three unanswered touchdowns in the third quarter and led 44-7 after three quarters.

Bemidji State dropped to 2-2 overall (1-2 NSIC) with the loss and will host Upper Iowa next Saturday in the homecoming game at Chet Anderson Stadium.

This year's game between Bemidji State and Minnesota-Duluth played out much differently than last year's thriller at Chet Anderson Stadium. BSU rallied from a 14-point deficit at halftime and lost 35-34 on a missed extra point on the final play of the game.

The stats tell the story of this game:

- The UMD offense piled up 477 total yards and 235 yards on the ground.

- The BSU offense had 244 yards for the game and just 50 on the ground. The offense fumbled the ball four times and the UMD defense recovered three of those fumbles.

- UMD controlled the time of possession battle and held the ball for 34:15 compared to 25:45 for BSU.

- BSU punted the ball seven times. UMD punted the ball three times.

The quick start BSU was hoping for faded away quickly.

Bemidji State quarterback Derek Edholm fumbled the ball on a handoff exchange on the third play of the game and UMD converted that turnover into touchdown on the following drive to take an early 7-0 lead.

In the second quarter, Vogler connected with DJ Winfield on a 43-yard touchdown pass and Isaac Odim on a 9-yard touchdown pass to put the Bulldogs up 20-0.

The only time the Bemidji State offense challenged the UMD defense came in the first half came in the final minutes of the second quarter when a 10 play, 70-yard drive resulted in Rongstad's touchdown.

UMD started with the ball in the second half and buried the Beavers with three third-quarter touchdowns. Odim scored on 5-yard touchdown run on the opening drive of the half, Foss scored on a 6-yard run and Winfield scored his second touchdown of the game on a 22-yard pass from backup Jon Lynch to make it 44-7 UMD.

The Beavers showed signs of life in the fourth quarter and will hope to carry that momentum into next week's game against Upper Iowa.

Justin Lee hit Andrew Schultz for a 17-yard touchdown a reverse-pass play 4:38 into the fourth quarter, and Luke Knutson recovered a fumble and returned it 67 yards for BSU's third touchdown of the game.

Minnesota-Duluth extended its NSIC winning streak to 22 games and improved to 39-10-1 in the all-time series against Bemidji State.

The Bemidji State football team's vision of an upset over national power Minnesota-Duluth faded fast Saturday night.

The Bulldogs controlled play for much of the game and defeated the Beavers 44-21 at Malosky Stadium.

Duluth, ranked No. 1 in the d2football.com and American College Football Association national polls, led 23-7 at halftime behind three touchdown passes from quarterback Chase Vogler.

The lone BSU score in the first 30 minutes came on Lance Rogstad's six-yard touchdown reception in the final seconds of the second quarter.

UMD (4-0 overall, 3-0 NSIC) put the game away by scoring three unanswered touchdowns in the third quarter and led 44-7 after three quarters.

Bemidji State dropped to 2-2 overall (1-2 NSIC) with the loss and will host Upper Iowa next Saturday in the homecoming game at Chet Anderson Stadium.

This year's game between Bemidji State and Minnesota-Duluth played out much differently than last year's thriller at Chet Anderson Stadium. BSU rallied from a 14-point deficit at halftime and lost 35-34 on a missed extra point on the final play of the game.

The stats tell the story of this game:

- The UMD offense piled up 477 total yards and 235 yards on the ground.

- The BSU offense had 244 yards for the game and just 50 on the ground. The offense fumbled the ball four times and the UMD defense recovered three of those fumbles.

- UMD controlled the time of possession battle and held the ball for 34:15 compared to 25:45 for BSU.

- BSU punted the ball seven times. UMD punted the ball three times.

The quick start BSU was hoping for faded away quickly.

Bemidji State quarterback Derek Edholm fumbled the ball on a handoff exchange on the third play of the game and UMD converted that turnover into touchdown on the following drive to take an early 7-0 lead.

In the second quarter, Vogler connected with DJ Winfield on a 43-yard touchdown pass and Isaac Odim on a 9-yard touchdown pass to put the Bulldogs up 20-0.

The only time the Bemidji State offense challenged the UMD defense came in the first half came in the final minutes of the second quarter when a 10 play, 70-yard drive resulted in Rongstad's touchdown.

UMD started with the ball in the second half and buried the Beavers with three third-quarter touchdowns. Odim scored on 5-yard touchdown run on the opening drive of the half, Foss scored on a 6-yard run and Winfield scored his second touchdown of the game on a 22-yard pass from backup Jon Lynch to make it 44-7 UMD.

The Beavers showed signs of life in the fourth quarter and will hope to carry that momentum into next week's game against Upper Iowa.

Justin Lee hit Andrew Schultz for a 17-yard touchdown a reverse-pass play 4:38 into the fourth quarter, and Luke Knutson recovered a fumble and returned it 67 yards for BSU's third touchdown of the game.

Minnesota-Duluth extended its NSIC winning streak to 22 games and improved to 39-10-1 in the all-time series against Bemidji State.

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