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BEMIDJI STATE VS. WAYNE STATE Sept. 11, 2021 | 2:00 P.M.

The Bemidji State University football program will honor first responders as part of Saturday, Sept. 11’s home opener against Wayne State College at Chet Anderson Stadium in Bemidji, Minn. The (RV) Beavers and Wildcats kick-off at 2 p.m. as part of First Responders’ Day on the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

Dr. Ken Traxler will serve as the honorary captain for Saturday's game. Standing in his place at the opening coin toss will be Bill Batchelder, Joe Dunn, Megan Holicky, Julie Larson, Keith Marek, Rob and DeAnn Zavoral, and Gary "Ziggy" Zerott.

THE SERIES

Wayne State leads the all-time series, 11-9.

Bemidji State has won two straight games in the series, with the most recent victory of 27-10 coming on Sept. 29, 2018 in Wayne, Neb.

The series is tied, 4-4, in Bemidji while the Beavers won the most recent game at Chet Anderson Stadium, 45-17, on Sept. 17, 2016.

The series first began on Sept. 22, 1990, a 22-0 win by Wayne State in Wayne.

SCOUTING BEMIDJI STATE

(1-0, 1-0 NSIC)

Bemidji State opened its season with a 24-16 victory over the University of Sioux Falls on Thursday, Sept. 2 in Sioux Falls, S.D. The Beavers earned their first ever win in Sioux Falls, now back-to-back overall in the series, after a 656-day hiatus since the 2019 season.

BSU scored 24 points before allowing USF to light the scoreboard. The “Gang Green” defense opened the game with a fumble recovery on the Cougars’ first offensive drive of the game. The Beavers followed with another fumble recovery in the third quarter before sealing the win with another fumble recovery with 40 seconds to play.

Sophomore Brandon Alt threw for a career-high 310 passing yards and three touchdowns, becoming the first Bemidji State football student-athlete to throw for at least 300 yards against Sioux Falls.

Senior wide receiver Malik Williams, BSU’s Offensive Player to Watch heading into 2021, caught seven passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns. His touchdown receptions came from 24 yards and 53 yards, the latter to cap a four-play, 91-yard drive to put BSU ahead, 17-0. Williams became the second Beaver with at least 100 receiving yards in the series, topping Blake Holder’s mark of 153 yards from 2014.

Junior wide receiver Dhel Duncan-Busby caught three passes, including Alt’s third touchdown of the day. Fellow junior wide receiver Brendan Beaulieu totaled four catches for 58 yards.

The sophomore running back duo of Sage Booker and Makaio Harn shared duties in the backfield for 98 rushing yards. Booker led the way with 61 yards on 20 carries while Harn recorded 37 yards on 13 carries.

Newcomer and senior defensive back Hameed Oyedele made an impact during his first game with the Beavers, tying for the defensive lead with eight tackles, returning one kickoff for 15 yards and forcing BSU’s first fumble recovery of the game. Oyedele also added a pass break up on 4th and 5 at the BSU 33-yardline to shut down a six-play, 38-yard drive by USF late in the second quarter.

Sophomore linebacker Cole Sorby tied Oyedele for the BSU lead in tackles with eight, including six solo tackles. Sorby added 1.5 tackles for a loss of 10 yards, including BSU’s lone sack of the night for a nine-yard loss.

The “Gang Green” recorded three fumble recoveries with no turnovers given away for the first time since Oct. 24, 2015 against St. Cloud State University. Junior defensive back Jake West recovered a fumble on the USF opening drive, senior James Moe recovered a fumble in the third quarter while senior linebacker Gabe Ames forced the game-clinching fumble recovered by freshman linebacker Ty Guden in the fourth quarter.

Bemidji State garnered one vote in the AFCA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll following the win over USF. Sioux Falls entered the season with votes in the poll before being taken down by Bemidji State. BSU last received votes in the AFCA Top 25 Poll after week two of the 2017 season, when it started No. 25 in the poll.

Despite a wet night during the season opener, BSU ranks 25th in the nation with 310 passing yards. The Beavers also took care of the ball to rank fifth in the nation in turnover margin (3.0).

SCOUTING WAYNE STATE

(1-0, 1-0 NSIC)

The Wildcats are led by second-year head coach John McMenamin, who holds a career record of 1-0 after the 2020 season was canceled.

Wayne State took a 34-27 season-opening win over the University of Mary to set up a game of two 1-0 teams in NSIC action in week two.

WSC’s run defense was near perfect while allowing just four rushing yards to the Marauders on 23 attempts, an average of 0.2 yards per rush. The Wildcats recorded 188 rushing yards of their own along with 268 passing yards.

The Wildcats built a 24-0 lead through the early minutes of the third quarter. WSC allowed UMary to score 27 points through the final 25 minutes of the game.

Sophomore quarterback Tavian Willis led the WSC offense with 268 passing yards and three touchdowns, as seven different athletes caught passes. Willis was the team’s second-leading rusher with 46 yards on nine carries, following behind senior running back Anthony Watkins with 76 rushing yards and one touchdown on 12 rushes.

Senior wide receiver Taurean Grady led WSC with five receptions for 60 yards and one touchdown while senior wide receiver Trystn Ducker added 111 receiving yards on four catches and one touchdown.

Junior defensive lineman Ryan Parker led the defensive unit that recorded five sacks on the day. Parker chipped in 2.0 sacks for a loss of 12 yards while senior defensive lineman Josh Taylor totaled 2.0 tackles for a loss and 1.0 sack.

BEMIDJI STATE ROSTER

No. / Name / Position / Height / Weight / Year / Hometown / Previous School

1 / Sage Booker / RB / 6-0 / 190 / So.-1L / Minneapolis, Minn. / DeLaSalle HS

COACHING STAFF

Brent Bolte / Head Coach

Jamie Bisch / Defensive Coordinator

Karson Pike / Offensive Coordinator

Jordan Hein / Special Teams Coodinator

Charles Alexander / Defensive Ends

Nick Anderson / Running Backs

Brandon Labath / Tight Ends & Fullbacks

Alex Ney / Outside Linebackers

Nick Nissen / Offensive Line

Waylon Roberson / Defensive Tackles

Kristin Farris / Director of Operations

BEAVERS SCHEDULE

Sept. 2 / • at (RV) Sioux Falls / W, 24-16

Sept. 11 / • Wayne State / 2 p.m.

Sept. 18 / • at (3) Minnesota State / 4 p.m.

Sept. 25 / • (RV) Augustana / 2 p.m.

Oct. 2 / • Minot State ^ / 2 p.m.

Oct. 9 / • at Concordia-St. Paul ^ / 12 p.m.

Oct. 16 / • MSU Moorhead ^ / 1 p.m.

Oct. 23 / • at (20) Minnesota Duluth ^ / 2 p.m.

Oct. 30 / • Southwest Minn. State / 1 p.m.

Nov. 6 / • at Northern State ^ / 1 p.m.

Nov. 13 / • UMary ^ / 1 p.m.

• NSIC Contest

^ NSIC North Contest

WAYNE STATE ROSTER

No. / Name / Position / Height / Weight / Year / Hometown

1 Trystn Ducker WR 5-10 180 Sr. Bellevue, Neb.

2 Anthony Watkins RB 5-10 175 Sr. Harvey, Ill.

3 Matt Romero QB 6-2 205 Sr. Oceanside, Calif.

4 Nick Bohn QB 6-1 200 R-Fr. Bennington, Neb.

5 Kalei Aukai WR 6-2 205 Sr. Santa Rosa, Calif.

6 Taurean Grady WR 5-10 180 Sr. Chicago, Ill.

7 J’Von France DB 5-10 170 Jr. Tarpon Springs, Fla.

8 Mason Lee WR 6-3 185 Jr. Wayne, Neb.

9 Caleb Danner DB 6-1 180 So. Orlando, Fla.

10 Tavian Willis QB 6-0 190 So. Ferguson, Mo.

11 Jaylan Scott LB 6-2 200 Jr. Muncie, Ind.

12 Beau Bowers QB 6-0 170 So. Wayne, Neb.

13 Grayson Garey LB 6-3 195 So. Broken Bow, Neb.

14 Alex Thramer TE 6-4 225 Jr. O’Neill, Neb.

15 CJ Burress DB 5-11 190 Sr. Memphis, Tenn.

16 Jadon Johnson WR 6-1 195 Fr. Lake Charles, La.

17 Trevor Marshall WR 6-2 210 Fr. Gretna, Neb.

18 Ashten Schmaderer WR 6-1 175 Fr. Bennington, Neb.

19 Clarke Solo DB 5-10 200 Jr. Des Moines, Iowa

20 Deshawn Massey RB 5-8 190 Sr. Apopka, Fla.

21 Kevin Ransom DB 6-0 195 Sr. Port Allen, La.

22 Tysen White DB 5-10 195 So. McFarland, Wis.

23 Barrington Robinson III WR 5-8 175 Sr. Coconut Creek, Fla.

25 Tyler Leclair LB/S 6-2 207 Fr. Bennington, Neb.

27 Dimetri King DB 5-10 175 Sr. Apopka, Fla.

28 Gerale Flye DB 5-11 185 Fr. Irving, Texas

31 Jaxon Johnson DL 6-4 245 Fr. Bancroft, Neb.

32 Ijaaz Rashid LB 6-1 200 Jr. Renton, Wash.

33 Dan Ngoyi DL 6-3 245 Jr. Lincoln, Neb.

34 Jacob Keiser RB 5-10 195 Fr. Hartington, Neb.

38 Jacob Byrd DB 6-0 180 Fr. Sioux Falls, S.D.

40 Noah Scott RB 5-8 180 R-Fr. Randolph, Neb.

41 Alex Powders K/P 5-10 180 Jr. Council Bluffs, Iowa

43 Nicholas Joynt LB 6-1 220 Jr. Garner, Iowa

44 Dexter Larsen LB 5-11 200 Fr. Blair, Neb.

47 Jonathan Owens LB/LS 6-1 200 R-Fr. Harlan, Iowa

49 Alex Schall LB 6-1 190 Fr. Kearney, Neb.

52 Austin Coffman DL 6-1 225 Jr. Dunning, Neb.

55 Alex Kowalczyk LB 5-11 210 Fr. Sioux Falls, S.D.

57 Alex Lindsay OL 6-2 260 So. Pierce, Neb.

60 Soren Jensen LS 6-2 250 Jr. Carroll, Iowa

62 Ryan Kennedy OL 6-0 265 Jr. Norwalk, Iowa

63 Ike Bebout OL 6-2 280 R-Fr. Kellogg, Iowa

65 Randy Gehl OL 6-2 280 Sr. Stillwater, Minn.

66 Casey Hutchings OL 6-3 285 R-Fr. Boone, Iowa

70 Jacob Kuznia OL 6-3 275 Fr. Papillion, Neb.

72 Saquahan Cobbs OL 6-5 300 R-Fr. Minneola, Fla.

75 Josh Taylor DL 5-11 260 Sr. Chicago, Ill.

76 Arnold (Lou) Gray OL 6-3 300 Sr. Hickman, Neb.

77 Nick Gray OL 6-4 300 Jr. Hickman, Neb.

78 Carter Church OL 6-6 315 R-Fr. Ogden, Iowa

79 Jett Janssen OL 6-4 270 Fr. Lincoln, Neb.

80 Shane Orr WR 5-10 170 Fr. Omaha, Neb.

81 Blake Kaiser K 6-3 190 Jr. Wahoo, Neb.

85 Gage Dengel TE 6-3 215 Fr. Bellevue, Neb.

86 Trey Miller TE 6-3 215 Fr. Weston, Neb.

87 Isaac Schafbuch TE 6-3 205 Jr. Madrid, Iowa

89 Braden Johnson WR 6-1 190 Fr. Gretna, Neb.

90 Luke Sims DL 5-11 285 Jr. Omaha, Neb.

92 Rex Becker DL 6-0 260 Fr. Hartington, Neb.

94 Ryan Parker DL 6-4 285 Jr. McCook Lake, S.D.

95 Mike Monette DL 6-3 260 Sr. Lake Balboa, Calif.

96 Caleb Brouse DL 6-3 280 So. Harlan, Iowa

97 Ciaran Thompsen DL 6-0 285 Fr. Elkhorn, Neb.

COACHING STAFF

John McMenamin / Head Coach

Scott McLaughlin / Defensive Coordinator

Logan Masters / Offensive Coordinator

Brian Smith II / Special Teams Coordinator

Quincy Griffith / Assistant Coach

Neil Novak / Assistant Coach

Andre McCall / Assistant Coach

Mark Wright / Assistant Coach

Tanner Krueger / Graduate Assistant

WILDCATS SCHEDULE

Sept. 2 / UMary / W, 34-27

Sept. 11 / at (RV) Bemidji State / 2 p.m.

Sept. 18 / Minot State / 6 p.m.

Sept. 25 / at (20) Minnesota Duluth / 6 p.m.

Oct. 2 / Winona State / 1 p.m.

Oct. 9 / at (3) Minnesota State / 1 p.m.

Oct. 16 / (RV) Augustana / 1 p.m.

Oct. 23 / at Southwest Minn. State / 5 p.m.

Oct. 30 / at Upper Iowa / 12 p.m.

Nov. 6 / Sioux Falls / 1 p.m.

Nov. 13 / at MSU Moorhead / 12 p.m.