Alex Berg | Sports Editor | 11-14-2011
The BSU football Team ran for 386 yards in a 31-12 win over Minnesota, Crookston on Saturday to conclude its regular season.
The Beavers’ (8-3) rushing attack was led by junior quarterback Lance Rongstad. Rongstad ran for 162 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 carries.
The 162 rushing yards was a career high for Rongstad.
Crookston (1-10) was the first to get on the scoreboard when its running back Richard Haley scored from two yards out. Haley led UMC with 136 yards on 30 carries.
The extra point was blocked, so the Golden Eagles led 6-0.
With 4:24 remaining in the first half, BSU took the lead on a ten-yard touchdown run from Rongstad. The Beavers led 7-6 at the half.
Rongstad added a 34-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter to give Bemidji a 14-6 advantage.
UMC cut the BSU lead to two points late in the quarter with a halfback pass. Haley found Ben Viaene for a two yard score to cap of a 16 play drive that lasted over nine minutes.
Sophomore kicker Zach Pulkinen added to the Bemidji lead with a 37-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter.
Senior running back Brandon Miles added a 21-yard touchdown as a part of his 103 yard effort. Sophomore running back Brent Kondziolka sealed the win with a two-yard touchdown run. The score was set up by a 76 yard run from Rongsatd.
Senior safety Brody Scheff recorded his NSIC-leading sixth interception in the first quarter of the game. Senior safety Dusty Sluzewicz led the Beavers with nine tackles on the afternoon.
Although BSU did not make the NCAA tournament, the 8-3 record gives the school a chance to be elected to the Mineral Water Bowl for the second time in school history.