FOOTBALL: Offense sputters again as Augustana shuts out Bemidji State 24-0
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Another woeful offensive performance by the Bemidji State football team led to another painful loss.
The Beavers didn’t do much with the ball Saturday and despite another good game by the BSU defense the Vikings shut out the Beavers 24-0 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action Saturday afternoon.
It was the first time the Beavers had been shut out since a 30-0 loss at Minnesota-Duluth last season.
Augustana (2-1) only outgained the Beavers 265-208 but BSU (1-2) struggled to move the ball, especially in the first half, garnering just 88 yards of total offense. More than half of those yards came on a 47-yard pass from quarterback Alex Hass to Matt Summers in the first quarter.
BSU also mustered just nine first downs in the game and only three in the first half.
For a time, it looked like neither team would be doing much on offense.
After a BSU fumble in Augie territory, Augustana’s Lucas Wainman kicked a 30-yard field goal five minutes into the first quarter.
Mostly, though, the teams traded punts for the first 20 minutes of the game.
That changed late in the half, when Augustana blocked Zach Pulkinen’s punt from the Beavers 18 and Teagan Brown ran it into the end zone for the score.
The Vikings scored the game’s first offensive touchdown on their next drive, when Nick Lee caught Trey Heid’s 26-yard pass in the endzone to make it 17-0 with 1:20 to go. Augie went into the locker room leading by the same score.
In the second half the Vikings scored on their second drive, eating up more than six minutes with a long drive that started at their own 34 and finished with a 13-yard pass from Heid to Noah Huisman at the 5:44 mark of the third.
From there the teams once again staged a punt-off. Neither was able to string together a substantial drive until very late when the game was already out of reach.
BSU quarterback Ryan Shields — at redshirt freshman — led the team in a final drive in the last two minutes but it stalled when BSU went for it on fourth down with 26 seconds to go.
Shields and Hass both took a substantial amount of snaps on Saturday; Shields went just 1-for-16 passing for eight yards and gained 40 rushing yards.
Hass had a much better day in the air, throwing for 102 yards on 7-for-17 passing.
Senior running back Avery Walker had 40 yards rushing.
Defensively, sophomore Connor Quinn recorded a team-high eight tackles with one for loss. The Beaver defense was also without starting nose tackle Matthew Shaver and starting outside linebacker and captain, Buckley Wright, both of whom were injured.
The Beavers return home next week for their homecoming date with Southwest Minnesota State.
Augustana 24, Bemidji State 0
BSU 0 0 0 0 – 0
AC 3 14 7 0 – 24
AC – Wainman 30-FG, 10:25.
AC – Brown blocked punt, 18-TD return, Wainman PAT kick, 3:48.
AC – Lee, 24-pass from Heid, Wainman PAT kick, 1:20.
AC – Huisman, 13-pass from Heid, Wainman PAT kick, 5:44.