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Bemidji State linebacker pursues Minnesota-Duluth quarterback Chase Vogler in the first half. Pioneer Photo/Eric Stromgren

First half recap: Duluth dictates play early against Bemidji State

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Minnesota-Duluth dictated play early and scored first on Odim's 11-yard rush through the middle of the field at 4:05 of the first quarter.

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Vogler gave the Bulldogs a 14-0 lead midway through the second quarter when he scrambled untouched into the end zone on a seven-yard run.

Bemidji State then broke free of the slow start.

On the possession following Vogler's touchdown, Schultz broke a tackle on the sideline on the 32-yard touchdown reception to cut UMD's lead to 14-7 with 2:31 left in the half.

But the Bulldogs answered by taking advantage of Odim's 39-yard kick return and capped a six-play scoring drive on Vogler's 14-yard run.

That score gave the Bulldogs a 21-7 advantage with 1:14 left in the second quarter.

Bemidji State felt a sense of urgency at that point and started to play with desperation.

Abram came through for the Beavers on the first play of the following possession by outrunning the secondary on a deep pass for a 64-yard touchdown reception.

"It's something we've been waiting for Cameron to do all year," Tesch said. "We know he can be such a deep threat and we've been wanting to throw more of the long balls at him. It was nice to finally see something like that happen."

The score with 1:00 to go was the final touchdown of the half and brought Bemidji State within 21-14, although Bemidji State was given another chance when Dusty Sluzewicz intercepted Vogler with 23 seconds left near midfield.

Bemidji State was able to run three plays before Edholm was sacked to end the half.

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