Winona, MINNESOTA The Winona State football team held Bemidji State to just 195 offensive yards, but a pair of WSU turnovers allowed the Beavers to post a 34-27 overtime victory Thursday in Winona.
The Warriors held BSU to 43 yards rushing while recording eight quarterback sacks on the game. The stifling defense allowed WSU to jump out to a 27-3 halftime advantage, but Bemidji State returned both an interception and fumble for touchdowns in the second half and scored another touchdown with 31 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime.
Once in the extra period, the Beavers scored on an 18-yard pass from Ryan Shields to Jordan Noskowiak to take their first lead of the game, 34-27. Winona State was not able to find the end zone during its overtime possession.
Tyler Kubler had five tackles and 2.5 of WSU's eight sacks. Colin Corcoran led the Warriors with nine total tackles while also recording 1.5 sacks. Turrell Foster and Morgan Weaver each added seven stops while the WSU defense tallied 15 total tackles for loss.
Offensively, John Teigland threw for 240 yards and a touchdown, going 20-of-30 overall, but the quarterback was forced to sit out much of the fourth quarter and overtime with an apparent injury. In his place Spencer O'Reilly threw for 50 yards, including a 44-yard pass to Harrison Barton that set up what would have been a game-winning field goal with nine seconds to play in regulation.
Josh Mikes led the Warrior receivers with seven catches for 97 yards and a touchdown while Barton and Alex Jensen each had four receptions.
Bemidji State opened the game by kicking a field goal on its first possession, but the Warriors took over from there. Chichi Ojika took the ensuing kickoff back 50 yards and Teigland found Mikes for 42 yards on the Warriors' first offensive play. Ojika found the end zone from eight yards out to put WSU up 7-3.
Ojika scored from 11 yards out early in the second quarter to push the WSU lead to 13-3. On the team's next possession, Teigland found Mikes from four yards out to put WSU up 20-3. The scoring grab marked the fifth consecutive game Mikes has posted a receiving touchdown, dating back to the 2012 season.
After a Bemidji State fake punt deep in their own territory, Ojika scored for the third time in the opening half, reaching the end zone from two yards out as the clock expired to take a 27-3 lead into the locker room. Ojika finished the game with 82 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
A Bemidji State field goal in the third made the score 27-6. Gary Young returned a RJ Gordon interception 18 yards for BSU's first touchdown of the game while Connor Quinn recovered a fumble in the end zone for another score. The Beavers' first offensive touchdown of the night tied the game at 27 with just 31 seconds to play in regulation.
Story courtesy of the WSU Sports Information Dept.
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