COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Second-half surge leads BSU to victory in finale (photo gallery)
ABERDEEN, S.D.--After going into halftime tied with Northern State at 24, the Bemidji State football team scored 17 second-half points en route to a 41-24 win Saturday afternoon in Aberdeen, S.D.
ABERDEEN, S.D.-After going into halftime tied with Northern State at 24, the Bemidji State football team scored 17 second-half points en route to a 41-24 win Saturday afternoon in Aberdeen, S.D.
The victory gives the Beavers a share of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division title and ends their season with a 7-4 overall record. Northern State and Minnesota Duluth all finished with identical 6-1 NSIC North Division records to share the division title.
The Beavers had tied the game at 24 on Gena Adams' 5-yard touchdown run with 1 minute, 3 seconds to go to the break.
BSU forced the Wolves to punt on their first possession out of halftime, then came out firing, going 90 yards in 11 plays, capped by quarterback Jordan Hein's 20-yard touchdown carry.
On their second drive of the half, it took the Beavers 30 seconds to go 62 yards. Hein found Jordan Noskowisk for a seven-yard touchdown catch on the fifth play of the drive, extending the lead to 38-24.
Isaac Aanerud added a 27-yard field goal with 5:32 left in the fourth quarter to ice the game for BSU.
Hein finished the game with 35 yards rushing on nine carries. He went 20-for-39 passing for 363 yards and three touchdowns.
BSU outgained the Wolves on offense 609-324.
Noskowiak caught two of those touchdowns, he had four catches for 86 yards. Juwaan Richard had five catches for 78 yards and the other touchdown. Christian Lunde also had a big day for BSU, catching four passes for 135 yards.
The BSU defense held Northern (6-5, 6-1 NSIC North) to 324 yards and sacked Wolves quarterback Kyle Levan five times. Jeff Harris had two of those sacks.