Minnesota Crookston falls to 0-3 on the season.
The University of Minnesota Crookston football team fell 69-0 to Bemidji State University. Turnovers plagued the Golden Eagles, while Bemidji State used 335 yards on the ground to help them to their fifth-straight win in the Hub Cap game.
Minnesota Crookston falls to 0-3 on the season, while Bemidji State improved to 3-0 with Saturday’s win.
The Golden Eagles had opportunities early on after some long passing plays, but a string of turnovers and the play of a trio of freshmen in Jalen Frye, Sherrod Kpahn and Sage Booker in the running game, led Bemidji State to the win. The Beavers had 463 yards of offense compared to 145 for Minnesota Crookston.
Jalin Scott, 7-of-14, 98 yards, 3 INT
Elijah Todd, 12 carries, 67 yards
Jonattan Mudd, 4 receptions, 49 receptions
Julian Jackson, 8 tackles
Trevor Long, Jr., 6 tackles
Austin Brown, 5 tackles, 1 sack
The Golden Eagles started the game by driving down to the Bemidji State 35, guided by a 29-yard pass from Jalin Scott (Jr., QB, Houston, Texas) to Jonattan Mudd (Jr., WR, Gardena, Calif.). However, the Beavers would stop the drive led by a sack on third down to force a punt.
Bemidji State immediately responded by driving down the field ignited by a 57-yard rush by Jalen Frye. Frye followed up the big run with a six-yard touchdown scamper to put the Beavers ahead 7-0 early in the first quarter.
The Beavers came away with the ball after a fumble by Elijah Todd (Jr., RB, Toledo, Ohio) on the first play of the Minnesota Crookston drive. Bemidji State quickly moved their lead to 14-0 as Jared Henning found Matt Gross for a three-yard touchdown pass.
The Golden Eagles responded as Scott found Rod Stewart (Sr., WR, Fort Worth, Texas) for a 38-yard strike to move the ball to the Bemidji State 37. Bemidji State stopped the scoring opportunity as the Golden Eagles marched down to the 13. Michael Junker intercepted the pass in the end zone and returned it coast-to-coast a 100 yards to the house to move the lead to 21-0.
Minnesota Crookston was stopped on their next offensive drive, but quickly got the ball after Jameson White muffed a punt, allowing Trevor Long, Jr. (R-Jr., DB, Brooklyn Park, Minn.) to recover the ball at the Bemidji State 42. However, Bemidji State got the ball right back with a Ryan Kinard interception.
The Beavers got seven points off the turnover as Henning found Landon Jones for a 15-yard touchdown pass to move the lead to 28-0.
Bemidji State quickly got the ball back after another Junker interception. The Golden Eagle defense was able to pick up a major stop as they forced a 45-yard field goal by Isaac Aanerud. The connected field goal moved the lead to 31-0.
The Beavers would drive down to the 18-yard line, but another defensive stop with their backs against the wall, would force another Aanerud kick, this time from 35-yards out. Aanerud would nail the field goal to move the advantage to 34-0.
The Beavers extended their lead to 41-0 late in the second quarter as Alec Ogden found Mannie Kugmeh for an eight-yard touchdown pass.
After a defensive stop by Minnesota Crookston, the offense quickly gave the ball back to the Bemidji State offense on a fumble. The Beavers were able to extend their lead to 48-0 as Henning connected with Cole Schmitz for a two-yard touchdown pass.
The Beavers pushed their lead to 55-0 with a Booker one-yard touchdown rush.
Bemidji State got the ball early in the fourth quarter after a muffed punt by Stewart. The Beavers would start the drive at the Minnesota Crookston 24. A two-yard touchdown pass from Ogden to Bryce Duffy moved the lead to 62-0 for Bemidji State.
The Golden Eagles would get the ball in Bemidji State territory after a fumble recovery by on a dropped punt return by Jake Larkin (R-So., DB, Kensington, Minn.). However, Jeremy Neuman’s (R-So., QB, Andover, Minn.) pass would be picked off by Matt Brennan.
The Beavers put a final score in for the game as Ogden found Cody King for an 11-yard touchdown pass to move the lead to 69-0.
Minnesota Crookston returns to action as they head to Minot State University for a 2 p.m. game.