FOOTBALL: Notes from Bemidji State press conference (Concordia pregame)

Got a lot of good reaction and quotes from the Bemidji State football team following their 34-27 comeback shocker against Winona State last Thursday.

Most significantly, redshirt freshman Ryan Shields will start this Saturday night’s home opener against Concordia-St. Paul.

Shields helped engineer BSU’s comeback that night in Winona, coming into the game in the second half in relief of Alex Hass. The Beavers had 2 minutes, 24 seconds to tie the score. Starting on their own 11, Shields helped the Beavers drive 89 yards and found Josh Malone in the end zone with 31 seconds left to tie the game at 27-27.

He also threw the game-winning touchdown pass to sophomore Josh Noskowiak in overtime.

The freshman from Roseville, Calif., finished the game with 116 yards on 11-of-22 passing and two touchdowns.

I’ll update the blog later with some more random thoughts from today’s press conference but until then here’s a video with some interviews with Shields and head coach Jeff Tesch, shot by the Pioneer’s Jillian Gandsey.

UPDATE: Here’s the story on Shields being named starting QB. Look for a preview of Saturday’s game in the paper tomorrow with more on Concordia.


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