Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College Football team made its 2009 home debut on Saturday night at Strong Stadium and it was a pleasing one as they knocked off Carroll University 25-7 in front of 1,200 fans.
Terence Steward got things rolling for the Buccaneer offense, scoring on a two-yard run to cap a 67-yard drive, less than four minutes into the contest.
The Pioneers drew even five minutes later to close out the opening quarter at 7-all.
The Buccaneers took control in the second quarter, with Steward going in from three yards out 7:40 and 3:11 before the half to make it 19-7, Beloit, at the break.
Beloit made it 18 unanswered points at the 6:51 mark of the third quarter when Brian Maughn scored from ten yards out to finish up a ten-play, 78-yard drive.
The teams were scoreless in the fourth quarter.
The Bucs finished with 419 yards of offense, 244 through the air and 175 on the ground, while holding CU to 209 total yards. Maughn passed for all 244 yards while Steward had 105 yards on the ground. Derek Carrier had seven catches for 127 yards.
But the defense was far from quiet. Tony Baratti had eight tackles, a forced fumble and an interception, which he returned for 16 yards, while Eric Ritts, Quentin Layne and Kyle Hansgen all recorded sacks. Vince Salucci had three pass defenses and blocked a field goal try.
The Bucs now hit the road for two weeks, starting at Monmouth College next Saturday. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m.