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FOOTBALL: Beavers scare No. 11 UMD in 2OT loss

DULUTH -- A wild second half saw the Bemidji State football team come back from a 9-0 halftime deficit to put No. 11 Minnesota Duluth on the ropes Saturday night in Duluth.

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Bemidji State running back Jalen Frye carries the ball during Saturday's game at Minnesota Duluth. (Bob King / Forum News Service)

DULUTH -- A wild second half saw the Bemidji State football team come back from a 9-0 halftime deficit to put No. 11 Minnesota Duluth on the ropes Saturday night in Duluth.

The Beavers levelled the battle of unbeaten Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference rivals in the fourth quarter at 19-all, and the Bulldogs missed a chip-shot field goal in the final minute of regulation as the teams went to overtime. Following a pair of missed field goals in the first overtime, UMD rushed for a touchdown and got a stop on defense to clinch the 26-19 victory.

The loss is the first of the season for the Beavers (3-1, 3-1 NSIC North), while the Bulldogs (4-0, 4-0 NSIC North) remain undefeated.

UMD running back Wade Sullivan rushed one yard up the gut for the first score of the evening after a trick play brought the Bulldogs to the doorstep. The extra point dinged off the post as UMD took a 6-0 lead with 1:16 to play in the first half.

The Beavers went three and out on the ensuing drive, and the punt gave UMD good field position late in the half. Cameron Hausman nailed a 45-yard field goal to extend the Bulldog lead to 9-0 as time expired on the first half.

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Junior Jared Henning started at quarterback for the Beavers, but true freshman Alec Ogden entered the game on the team’s final drive of the half.

The new quarterback got BSU going through the air, finding Jacob Anderson in the corner of the end zone for a 19-yard touchdown midway through the third quarter.

The Bulldogs answered with a field goal to extend their lead to 12-7, but Ogden quickly found a streaking Landon Jones running down the sideline for a 66-yard touchdown pass that gave the Beavers their first lead at 13-12.

An eventful final minutes of the third quarter continued as Gabe Ames intercepted John Larson’s pass on the first play of the ensuing drive, giving BSU excellent field position deep in UMD territory. The Beavers were held to a field goal as they headed to the fourth quarter with a 16-12 lead on the 11th-ranked Bulldogs.

UMD quickly drove down the field as Larson connected with Johnny McCormick for a 22-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter with the Bulldogs regaining a 19-16 lead.

Isaac Aanerud nailed his second field goal of the day to knot the score at 19-all with 7:29 to play.

UMD ate up much of the remaining time on a 12-play, 71-yard drive. The Beaver defense came up with a stop to force a 21-yard field goal attempt. The kick sailed wide left with 40 seconds remaining, and BSU kneeled to play for overtime.

BSU got the ball first in the opening overtime, but both teams’ kickers proceeded to struggle. BSU missed from 52 yards, while UMD pushed its attempt wide from 35 yards.

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Heading into the second overtime, the Bulldogs finally converted as Sullivan rushed from two yards out for his second touchdown of the night.

The Beavers were forced back to 4th down and long when Ogden was sacked to end the game.

Ogden completed five of 10 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns. Henning finished 6-for-15 with 81 passing yards, all in the first half.

Running back Andrew Lackowski returned from a two-game absence due to a leg injury and rushed for 42 yards on 17 carries to lead the Beavers. Jalen Frye ran for 23 yards on nine attempts as BSU rushers were held to a season-low 46 yards.

Jones caught a touchdown pass for the fourth straight game to start his BSU career, ending Saturday with a game-high 175 receiving yards on four catches and a score.

Bemidji State will begin crossover play with the NSIC South Division next week as the Beavers travel to Wayne State for a 1 p.m. kickoff Saturday, Sept. 30.

No. 11 Minnesota Duluth 26, Bemidji State 19 (2OT)
BSU 0 0 16 3 0 0 -- 19
UMD 0 9 3 7 0 7 -- 26
First Quarter
No scoring.
Second Quarter
UMD-1:16, Sullivan 1 yd run (Branger PAT failed).
UMD-0:00, Hausman 45 yd field goal.
Third Quarter
BSU-6:53, Anderson 19 yd pass from Ogden (Aanerud PAT).
UMD-2:58, Branger 34 yd field goal.
BSU-2:19, Jones 66 yd pass from Ogden (2-pt. conversion failed).
BSU-0:43, Aanerud 35 yd field goal.
Fourth Quarter
UMD-13:38, McCormick 22 yd pass from Larson (Branger PAT).
BSU-7:29, Aanerud 35 yd field goal.
First Overtime
No scoring.
Second Overtime
UMD-Sullivan 2 yd run (Hausman PAT).

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Austin Monteith is the former sports editor at the Bemidji Pioneer. A native of Bloomington, Ill., he is a 2015 graduate of Butler University. Follow him on Twitter at @amonteith92. Contact the Pioneer sports department at sports@bemidjipioneer.com.
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