Bethel Royals

Overall record: 8-2 - Conference: 7-2
All times Eastern   (* Conference; • In-region)
9/11 vs. Trinity International W, 59-21
9/18 at Concordia-Moorhead * • L, 17-15
9/25 vs. Hamline * • W, 41-14
10/2 at St. Olaf * • W, 39-13
10/9 vs. St. John's * • W, 24-20
10/16 at Gustavus Adolphus * • L, 26-20
10/23 vs. Macalester * • W, 74-0
10/30 at St. Thomas * • W, 22-20
11/6 vs. Augsburg * • W, 31-14
11/12 at Carleton * • W, 47-26
Overall record: 8-2 - Conference: 7-2
All times Eastern   (* Conference; • In-region)
9/18 at Concordia-Moorhead * • L, 17-15
9/25 vs. Hamline * • W, 41-14
10/2 at St. Olaf * • W, 39-13
10/9 vs. St. John's * • W, 24-20
10/16 at Gustavus Adolphus * • L, 26-20
10/23 vs. Macalester * • W, 74-0
10/30 at St. Thomas * • W, 22-20
11/6 vs. Augsburg * • W, 31-14
11/12 at Carleton * • W, 47-26
St. John's 8-1 11-2
Bethel 7-2 8-2
Gustavus Adolphus 7-2 8-2
St. Thomas 7-2 7-3
Augsburg 5-4 6-4
Concordia-Moorhead 5-4 5-5
St. Olaf 3-6 3-7
Carleton 1-8 2-8
Hamline 1-8 2-8

Past Records

2016 (0-0, 0-0 MIAC)
2015 (5-5, 4-4 MIAC)
2014 (7-3, 6-2 MIAC)
2013 (12-1, 8-0 MIAC)
2012 (9-3, 6-2 MIAC)
2011 (8-2, 6-2 MIAC)
2010 (12-2, 7-1 MIAC)
2009 (7-3, 6-2 MIAC)
2008 (5-5, 4-4 MIAC)
2007 (12-2, 8-0 MIAC)
2006 (9-2, 7-1 MIAC)
2005 (5-5, 4-4 MIAC)
2004 (6-4, 5-3 MIAC)
2003 (9-2, 7-1 MIAC)
2002 (5-5, 5-3 MIAC)
2001 (9-2, 8-1 MIAC)
2000 (10-1, 9-0 MIAC)
1999 (8-2, 7-2 MIAC)

Team Quick Facts



Coach: Steve Johnson (Bethel '79)
Conference: MIAC
Enrollment: 2699
Location: Arden Hills, MN
Colors: Blue, Gold
Stadium: Royal Stadium (3500)
Surface: Grass

News Releases

October 15, 2016
Roundup: Coast Guard airs it out; Johnson wins 200th
There were lots of yards and lots of points in a few of Saturday's games, but Brockport's defense...
September 12, 2015
Top 25: Wartburg wins showdown; Muhlenberg upset
The Knights won a defensive battle at No. 19 Bethel, while F&M scored twice in the final five...
September 3, 2015
Season opens with epic defensive battle
Ursinus and a Division II school played to a scoreless regulation, then needed five overtimes to...
October 28, 2014
At home in the secondary
A team that works well together wins together. And as four of Bethel's defensive backs have...
October 18, 2014
Ranked teams hand GAC, E&H, Chicago, UWSP first losses
St. John's and Hampden-Sydney handed Gustavus Adolphus and Emory and Henry their first losses of the...
November 30, 2013
Wrapup: Linfield rallies, Bethel survives, Fisher rolls
Linfield scored the final 28 points to rally from a 21-3 deficit, while Bethel lost its starting...
November 30, 2013
Big Final Quarter Helps Royals Close Out Knights
With the game knotted at 14 heading into the final quarter, the Bethel University football team...
November 23, 2013
Wesley wins in final minute, JCU out
The first round of playoffs had a couple of thrillers, with Ithaca, Franklin and Wesley rallying, as...
November 23, 2013
Royals Rout St. Scholastica 70-13 in NCAA Playoff Game
Bethel University's football team made a statement in Saturday's opening round game of the NCAA...
November 16, 2013
Bethel Completes Perfect Regular Season with 28-7 Win
Already crowned 2013 MIAC football champions, Bethel wasn't satisfied with just a title. Instead...
November 9, 2013
Royals Crowned MIAC Champions with 47-0 Win over St. Olaf
Bethel University will return to the NCAA Division III Playoffs for the eighth time in the last 14...
November 2, 2013
Royals Continue Win Streak with 55-6 Victory over Hamline
Quarterback Erik Peterson finished Saturday's conference tilt 18-of-23 for 282 yards, zero intercept...
October 19, 2013
Top 25 wrap: Bethel wins, Wesley and Coe are upset
The No. 5 Royals scored in the final minute to top No. 9 St. Thomas, while Rowan upset the No. 11...
October 16, 2013
Bethel brothers bring the chemistry
So often, football players describe their relationships with teammates like that of brothers. At...
October 12, 2013
Top 25 wrap: Dutchmen, W&J post upsets
Lebanon Valley took down a Top 25 team and made a mess at the top of the MAC, while W&J knocked...
October 12, 2013
Bethel Defense Stifles Cobbers in 45-22 Victory
Bethel University forced seven turnovers and recorded over 500 yards of offense to emerge victorious...
October 5, 2013
Top 25 wrap: Linfield smothers PLU, Wesley rallies
Linfield pulled away from Pacific Lutheran in the fourth quarter, No. 10 Wesley rallied past...
September 28, 2013
Royals Run Wild in 58-14 Win over Carleton
A wet and windy day in Northfield, Minn., didn't stop Bethel's offense from finishing with nearly 60...
September 21, 2013
Balanced Bethel Captures 47-14 Win over Buena Vista
For the second straight week, the Bethel University football squad used a dynamic team performance...
September 14, 2013
No. 8 Royals Open Season with 30-17 Victory over Knights
Bethel University kicked off the 2013 season Saturday afternoon with a 30-17 win over Wartburg...
November 20, 2012
Look, ma, one hand!
Bethel was in a dogfight on the road with Concordia-Chicago, in front of a loud crowd against a team...
November 17, 2012
Wittenberg posts huge first-round rally
Wittenberg put Heidelberg away after being down 18. Mount Union had little trouble and five road...
November 15, 2012
Getting second life
There's no self-delusion required at Bethel, where the Royals made the playoffs. And at Pacific...
October 9, 2012
Change does Willamette good
For the Bearcats, it's out with the Fly, in with letting the ball fly. After the departure of...
October 6, 2012
Top 25: Bethel survives, Salisbury, Wesley, Wabash win
Bethel scored on the last play and added a two-point conversion to beat Concordia-Moorhead, while...
October 6, 2012
Bethel avoids upset with incredible finish
Concordia-Moorhead had the game won, except for one small problem.
May 13, 2012
Blanchard joins Bears after tryout
A bunch of Division III players were brought to rookie minicamps as undrafted free agents. UW-Whitew...
October 22, 2011
NCC, UWW win clashes with Titans
North Central blanked Illinois Wesleyan and UW-Whitewater survived a scare from UW-Oshkosh. That and...
October 18, 2011
Simpson makes Wartburg face its elimination
"I can't say enough how proud I am of my kids for not quitting," Simpson coach Jim...
October 1, 2011
St. Olaf Spoils Royals Homecoming 30-28
ARDEN HILLS, - On a beautiful October Saturday many students, alumni, and faculty gathered to watch...
September 17, 2011
Bethel Opens MIAC Play With 27-9 Victory Over Carleton
Arden Hills, Minn. - Bethel stepped onto the turf at Royal Stadium Saturday as significant favorites...
September 13, 2011
Linfield off on the right foot
The right to earning home field advantage in the playoffs can start early. Wildcats safety Drew...
September 10, 2011
Bethel Breezes Past Concordia Wisconsin in Road Opener
MEQUON, Wis. - Bethel kicked its game into high gear in their second matchup of the season today....
September 3, 2011
Bethel Starts 2011 on High Note Defeating Simpson 55-3
The Bethel Royals appeared to be in mid-season form as they defeated Simpson College 55-3 on opening...
July 21, 2011
Get early bird pricing on Kickoff!
From now through July 31, you can get Kickoff 2011 at the 2010 price! We're working hard to get you...
December 9, 2010
A dream defensive season
Bethel doesn't have a defensive lineman over 240 pounds but is ninth in Division III against the...
December 4, 2010
Familiar faces in football's final four
Wesley defeated Mary Hardin-Baylor 19-9 in the fifth NCAA playoff meeting between the teams. The...
December 3, 2010
The rematch
When Bethel and St. Thomas met on Oct. 23, it never crossed our mind they'd be doing it again for a...
November 27, 2010
Coppage saves UWW; Alfred advances
Levell Coppage erupted for 300 yards to save UW-Whitewater against Trine. Sixth seeded Alfred is...
November 26, 2010
Wheaton, Bethel meet again
Bethel lost in devastating fashion last September. Wheaton knows that either meeting could have gone...
November 20, 2010
First round road warriors
Three teams -- Bethel, Montclair State and Trine -- won first round playoff games on the road. Get...
November 20, 2010
Royals Down Wartburg, Next Up Wheaton
WAVERLY, IA - The Royals defeated the Wartburg Knights today 28-20. The Knights were unable to stop...
November 16, 2010
Just a small-town boy
Four of the quarterbacks in the Division III playoffs come from little towns, where the population...
November 13, 2010
Royals Defeat Augsburg and the Snow in 19-6 Victory
ARDEN HILLS, Minn. - On what looked to be a day with nearly unplayable weather, the Royals defeated...
November 6, 2010
Royals Bulldoze Past Pipers 52-0
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Royals put on a show today as the defeated the Hamline Pipers 52-0. The Royals...
October 30, 2010
Royals Triumph Over Cobbers 36-20
ARDEN HILLS, Minn. - Ross Petterson’s (Sr., Osseo, Minn.) fumble recovery and 92-yard return...
October 23, 2010
Royals Hold St. Thomas to 10 Points In Defensive Battle
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The # 20 Royals held #4 St. Thomas to only 10 points today in a defensive battle...
October 16, 2010
Royals Shutout Gustavus Improve to 6-0
ARDEN HILLS, Minn. - The Bethel Royals football team kept the momentum rolling today, remaining...
October 9, 2010
Two at the top
At the midpoint of the 2010 season, contenders for conference titles in the Empire 8, NJAC, CCIW and...
October 9, 2010
Bethel Defeats Saint John's 3rd Consecutive Time at Home 17-14
ARDEN HILLS, Minn. - Bethel scored all 17 of their points in the first half and forced four Saint...
October 2, 2010
Late Interception Brings Royals Record to 4-0
NORTHFIELD, Minn. - A late interception returned 50 yards by Ethan Anderson (Jr., Mapleton, Minn.)...
September 18, 2010
Flannery Guides Royals Past Carleton 55-20
NORTHFIELD, Minn. - Lead by senior running back Logan Flannery (Lakeville, Minn.) the Royals cruised...
September 11, 2010
Bethel Wins Easily 54-10 in Home Opener
ARDEN HILLS, Minn. - Picking up right where they left off, the Bethel Royals Football team defeated...
September 4, 2010
Royals Roll in Season Opener
Indianola, Iowa – After a scoreless first half, Bethel University rolled in the second half to...
September 18, 2007
Mustache men try to revive Lutes
When Pacific Lutheran head coach Scott Westering opened camp this fall 19 seniors showed up with...
September 9, 2005
When your QB's a newbie
When it comes to quarterback, few teams are fortunate enough to have a star like Brett Elliott...
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