Northern State (3-3, 3-3) will play at Bemidji State (3-3, 3-3) on Saturday in another tough Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference college football game.
The Wolves are coming into the game with a three-game winning streak, while the Beavers are on a two-game winning streak. Northern State defeated Minot State 31-17 last weekend, while Bemidji State defeated the University of Mary 29-21. I will have a complete preview on this week’s game in Saturday’s edition.
Here are some random thoughts/notes on this week’s game:
— Last season’s NSU 14-0 victory over Bemidji State evened the overall series out at 17-17-1. Prior to the Wolves win in 2011, NSU had not beaten the Beavers since 2004. “Anytime you hold a team to zero on the scoreboard,” NSU wide receiver Mark Hanley said, “that fuels the fire a little bit. I’m sure they are ready for us. We have got a little confidence going and they are a good team. We are excited to go play a good team on the road and see where we are at.”
— Saturday’s forecast calls for partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the upper 50s. Winds from the southeast at 5-10 mph and a 20 percent chance of rain showers.
— Bemidji State tight end Brian Leonhardt (6-5, 263) is a preseason All-American and is receiving interest from NFL teams.
— Northern State backup safety Zach Neer is out for the season with a knee injury that he sustained last week against Minot.
— Running back John Hughes did not play in the second half and offensive lineman Jon Caspers was limited with an injury too. Northern State coach Tom Dosch said Hughes and Caspers are game-time decisions for Saturday’s game.
— Backup running backs Terrelle Walker and Chris Nyugen played well in the backfield after Hughes left. Fullback Cameron Pudwill also played well and you would expect he would continue to get carries this week.
— NSU DB Paul Woodward had an interception last week, which gives every starting defensive secondary player an INT this season.
— There were several NSU football topics brought up in my weekly live chat this week. You can read the replay here.
— The Wolves gave up two big pass plays last week against Minot, if not for those two big pass plays you could argue the Wolves hold the Beavers to just three points. Dosch said eliminating those big plays have been and will continue to be an emphasis this week. “You have to make teams earn it,” Dosch said. “You can’t give up big chucks of yardage or long touchdown plays.”
— Here is a video interview I shot with Hanley from earlier in the week:
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