Augustana will have revenge on their minds hosting Bemidji State in home opener – Argus Leader

Augustana will have revenge on their minds hosting Bemidji State in home opener – Argus Leader

Augustana has had this one circled on the calendar for awhile. After capturing the overall NSIC title last year to earn a first round home playoff game, the Vikings were stunned by Bemidji State, a team they’d beaten soundly during the regular season.
Now the Beavers return for Augustana’s home opener.
WHEN/WHERE: 1 p.m. Saturday at Jim Heinitz Field
TV/ONLINE: NSIC Network
RADIO: KXRB-FM 100.5
COACHES: BSU – Brent Bolte (6th year, 42-17); AU – Jerry Olszewski (10th year, 56-35)
SERIES: Augustana leads 8-4
LAST TIME: Bemidji beat the Vikings in last year’s Division II playoffs 28-24 in Sioux Falls.
LAST WEEK: BSU lost 37-34 to MSU-Mankato. Augustana beat Concordia-St. Paul 28-14.
RANKINGS: The Vikings are ranked 19th in Division II.
Bemidji opened the season ranked in the Top 25 and picked to win the North, but a week one loss to Mankato already has them under pressure, as another loss to the Vikings would put their backs to the wall as far as qualifying for the playoffs.
The Beavers return their top three weapons from an offense that was explosive last year, in quarterback Brandon Alt, receiver Brendan Beaulieu and running back Sage Booker. Alt threw for over 4,000 yards with 46 touchdown passes last year, and got off to a similar start this year, throwing for 367 yards and four touchdowns, though he was picked off three times.
The Beavers struggled mightily to run the ball in week one, and that plays to the Vikings’ advantage, as Augie was the top run defense in the nation last year and held Concordia to just 68 yards rushing in their opener.
Transfer quarterback Casey Bauman will presumably make his second start for the Vikings, and the 6-foot-7 former Montana State Bobcat will hope to be sharper than he was in his debut. Bauman rushed for 68 yards and a touchdown and threw two touchdown passes, but was just 7-of-14 through the air for 62 yards. Jarod Epperson rushed for over 100 yards in the win over Concordia, his 9th career 100-yard game.
The Vikings will certainly have revenge on their mind after the playoff loss to Bemidji last year. They were undefeated at home going into it and had beaten the Beavers 52-24 in Bemidji in Week 4. It was the first playoff win in BSU history.

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