A week after one of the biggest wins in recent memory, the Golden Eagles went to Bemidji Saturday and dropped a dud as the Bemidji State Beavers prevailed in their homecoming 35-2.
Minnesota, Crookston turned the ball over four times.
The bright spot for the Golden Eagles was senior defensive back Cecil Brown, who recorded 16 tackles, a forced fumble and a sack. He now leads all of Division II football with 67 total tackles on the season. He ranks second in tackles per game with 13.4.
The road has been brutal to the Golden Eagles this season, losing all three games by a combined score of 154-8.
Bemidji State quarterback Lance Rongstad was 11 for 18 passing with 159 yards and two touchdown. He also had ten rushes for 53 yards and one touchdown. Justin Lee had four receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for a touchdown.
Minnesota, Crookston's Stephen Henderson attempted a 34-yard field goal on the first drive of the game but missed wide.
The Beavers held a 7-0 lead after the first quarter with a five-yard touchdown run by Dustin Kroeplin, capping a 12-play, 80-yard drive.
In the second quarter, Rongstad bolted for a 34-yard touchdown run and then threw a 66-yard bomb to Justin Lee for six points to take a 21-0 lead into halftime.
Following a stalled Beaver drive and a fumbled punt by the Golden Eagles that the Beavers recovered at the UMC five, Troy Dale caught a five-yard touchdown pass from Rongstad with about three minutes left in the third quarter.
Lee capped the Beaver scoring with about 11 minutes left in the fourth quarter with a seven-yard touchdown run, capping another 80-yard drive.
The lone Golden Eagle points of the game came with 7:29 left in the fourth quarter following a 39-yard punt by Chris Seacrest that was downed at the one-yard line. Bemidji State's Avery Walker was tackled in the end zone for a safety.
Sophomore Golden Eagle quarterback A.J. Barge was 18 of 33 passing for 139 yards with one interception. Senior running back Keith McBride had four receptions for 50 yards.
Senior running back Richard Haley rushed 17 times for 52 yards. Freshman receiver Talo Pascal had four carries for 52 yards.
Minnesota, Crookston is now 1-4 on the season and 1-4 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. It will host St. Cloud State Saturday at 1 p.m. The Huskies are coming off a huge upset this Saturday of Minnesota Duluth, ranked No. 2 in the nation, by the score of 51-49.
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Saturday, Sept. 29
• Wayne State def. Augustana 31-27
• Bemidji State def. Minnesota, Crookston 35-2
• Winona State def. Upper Iowa 45-42
• Northern State def. MSU Moorhead 45-7
• #15 Minnesota State def. Concordia-St. Paul 30-10
• Minot State def. Mary 32-21
• St. Cloud State def. #2 Minnesota Duluth 51-49
• #25 Sioux Falls def. Southwest Minnesota State 41-22