CROOKSTON -- Sloppy field conditions ultimately couldn’t stop the Bemidji State football team from earning a 27-10 road win over Minnesota Crookston on Saturday afternoon.
The feet of quarterback Jared Henning and running back Jalen Frye led the way through the mud for the Beavers (3-0) with each recording more than 100 rushing yards in the win. Henning ran for a game-high 135 yards and one touchdown on 24 carries, while Frye rushed for 108 yards and two scores on 24 carries.
All together, the Beavers rushed for 254 yards as a team on 55 carries, while passing the ball just 22 times. Henning finished 10-for-20 through the air for 124 yards and one score.
The “Gang Green” defense set up Bemidji State’s first two touchdowns of the game with a pair of interceptions on the Golden Eagles’ first two possessions.
Henning connected with Brendan Beaulieu, who finished with a game-high 79 yards, for the team’s only touchdown pass in the first quarter. The senior quarterback hauled it in himself later in the quarter on an 11-yard touchdown run for a 14-0 lead.
The Golden Eagles (0-3) kicked a field goal and forced a couple of three-and-outs by the Beaver offense to set up their only touchdown of the afternoon in the second quarter. Quarterback Jalin Scott found wideout Eli Solberg for the 38-yard score to narrow the deficit to 14-10 at halftime.
That was as close as UMC would get, however, as Bemidji State shut out the Eagles the rest of the way.
Frye extended the lead to 20-10 late in the third quarter, and later put the game away with another 3-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
The Beavers finished with six sacks and four interceptions, including senior defensive back Michael Junker’s third pick in as many games. Junker now ranks tied for fourth all-time in program history with 12 career interceptions.
Linebacker Jaylen Jenkins, and defensive backs Ryan Kinard and Jake West accounted for the team’s other three interceptions.
Linebacker Gabe Ames recorded three sacks to become the first Beaver with three sacks in a game since 2011. Defensive lineman Alex Hoffman totaled a team-high eight tackles.
Bemidji State will return home Saturday, Sept. 28, for a marquee matchup against No. 13 Minnesota Duluth in the annual Shrine Game at Chet Anderson Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Bemidji State 27, Minnesota Crookston 10
BSU 14 0 6 7 -- 27
UMC 0 10 0 0 -- 10
First Quarter: BSU-7:59, Beaulieu 24-yd TD pass from Henning (Hoffer extra point). BSU-3:29, Henning 11-yd TD run (Hoffer extra point).
Second Quarter: UMC-12:35, McLemore 34-yd field goal. UMC-5:28, Solberg 38-yd TD pass from Scott (McLemore extra point).
Third Quarter: BSU-1:37, Frye 3-yd TD run (Hoffer missed kick).
Fourth Quarter: BSU-4:00, Frye 3-yd TD run (Hoffer extra point).