Oct 30th, 2004 @ 8:40 pm | Author: Viking Sports News
Minot, ND – Minot State University (5-4) running back Neil Graham rushed for 188 yards and two touchdowns as the Beavers went to the ground to beat Valley City State (4-4) 38-20 at Herb Parker Stadium in Minot.
Minot used a 21 point outburst in the third quarter to widen a 17-14 halftime lead. The Beavers relied heavily on Graham (38 carries) as quarterback Nathan Fielding attempted only eight passes including just two pass attempts in the second half.
Valley City out-gained the Beavers 314-313 but lost the field position battle early and succumbed to poor special teams and turnovers.
VCSU’s defense started fast hold the Beavers after quarterback Brandon Albrecht fumbled the exchange three plays into the game giving MSU the ball on the 24 yard line. Six MSU plays totaled only three yards and Marko Babic missed wide left on a 38 yard field goal.
Another three-and-out put MSU in good field position again and once again the Vikings defense stiffened but Babic converted this time from 35 yards to put the Beavers ahead 3-0.
VCSU took a brief 7-3 lead on Albrecht’s 11 yard touchdown pass to Justin Folk.
A short kickoff by VCSU was returned 84 yards for a touchdown on the ensuing play by Angelo Mitchell to quickly give the Beavers back the lead at 10-7.
After both teams exchanged a series of punts, Graham got his number called eight straight times for 60 yards with the touchdown run coming from seven yards out.
The Vikings got on the scoreboard just before half to cut the lead to three points on a 27 yard touchdown reception by Barrett Sczepanki.
Minot State would put the game away in the third quarter scoring on all three drives pushing their lead to 24 points.
With 1:38 left in the game, backup quarterback Jason Beilke led the Vikings on a late scoring drive of 81 yards ending with a 12 yard pass to Folk. The missed extra point made the final 38-20.
Linebacker Josh Kasowski led the Vikings with an incredible 25 tackles including 11 solo tackles. Kasowski’s total gives him 316 tackles in his career, surpassing linebacker coach Dave Rausch for second on the all-time tackles list behind Ben Aarestad’s 328 tackles.
Kenard Walker rushed nine times for 83 yards while Albrecht completed 11 of 20 passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns. Beilke was eight of 12 for 120 yards and a touchdown in relief. Folk and Sczepanski each caught four passes apiece with leading receivers Rochenal Absolu and Travis Anderson limited to one and two catches respectively.
The Vikings entertain Dakota State, a 27-7 winner over Jamestown College next Saturday in their home finale. Game time is 1:30 at Lokken Field.