The Northern State football team was firing on all cylinders Saturday afternoon as the Wolves dominated Bemidji State 27-0. It is the Wolves' first shutout since 2011 when NSU also blanked BSU 14-0 in Aberdeen.
Jared Jacobson had a huge day through the air as he went 24-for-35 for 295 yards and three touchdowns in the win. Stephen Erlandson led the Wolves (3-4) with 53 yards on the ground. Tanner White had a career day as he had career-highs with eight catches for 161 yards and also caught a touchdown.
Tight end Connor Doherty caught four balls for 38 yards and a score, while Sean Schweichler had two grabs for 46 yards including a 32-yard touchdown grab.
The Northern defense was swarming all day as they held Bemidji (2-5) to 234 yards of total offense and held the Beavers to 74 yards on the ground. BSU came into the game averaging nearly 149 yards rushing per game this season. Avery Walker, who was fourth in the league in rushing going into Saturday at 121.5 yards per game, was held to just 36 yards on 10 carries.
Trever Heining led NSU with six tackles in the win. Channing Barber, Cameron Pudwill, and Blaine Schmidt each had five stops in the game. Pudwill had a monster game from his defensive end spot has he registered 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles-for-loss and a quarterback hurry for the Wolves. Schmidt and Joe Parsley each had an interception in the contest.
NSU got on the board with just over a minute left in the opening quarter as Jacobson hit White for a 26-yard score. Northern went up 13-0 after Jacobson hit Doherty on third and goal from the seven on a beautifully improvised play. Jacobson was flushed out of the pocket and flipped the ball to Doherty before he passed the line of scrimmage.
Nathan Shaw hit a 23-yard field goal with 4:02 to go in the opening half to send the Wolves into the locker room with a 16-0 lead. Shaw also hit a career-long 41-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
Schweichler's 32-yard catch and run from Jacobson late in the third quarter put the Wolves up 24-0 after Jacobson ran in the two-point conversion.
The Wolves recorded 381 yards of total offense in the shutout and also had a time of possession of 37:30. NSU was extremely efficient on third downs Saturday as the Wolves converted 12-of-22 times on the down.
Northern returns to the road next Saturday as it travels to face No. 25 St. Cloud State in a 4 p.m. kick.