Beloit, WI -- Eleven seasons is a long time to go without defeating an opponent. But the Beloit College Football team got that monkey off their back on Saturday afternoon at Strong Stadium, defeating St. Norbert College 34-31.
Mat Kahl kicked a 22-yard field goal with six seconds left to give Beloit the win, their first over the Green Knights since the 1998 season. The Bucs went seven plays for 65 yards in 47 seconds after SNC had tied the game up with a 29-yard field goal by Roger Nault at the 53-second mark. But lets start at the beginning of this barn-burner.
The Buccaneers jumped out to a 14-0 lead less than nine minutes into the game. Brian Maughn hit Julian Ross with a 30-yard scoring pass six minutes in and then, after Vince Salucci intercepted a pass on the Green Knight's first play from scrimmage, Terence Steward rushed in from 20 yards away with 6:48 left in the opening quarter.
SNC got on the board at the 3:53 mark when Bryan Stoppenbach scored from two yards away to make it 14-7.
Beloit answered that score at the 12:35 mark of the second quarter on a Maughn to Derek Carrier 20-yard scoring play. SNC pulled back to within a touchdown with 1:19 remaining in the half on a 36-yard Rob Berger to Logan Krueger pass but, the Bucs had the last word of the half when Kahl kicked a 37-yard field goal at the buzzer, making it 24-14, Beloit, at the break.
St. Norbert cut the lead to 24-21 at 8:11 of the third on a 14-yard Berger to Joe Green pass for the only scoring of the quarter.
Back-and-forth possessions dominated the next 20 minutes of play until Berger hit Green from seven yards out to give the Green Knights a 28-24 advantage with 3:06 left.
The Buccaneers answered quickly, less than a minute later, when Maughn hit Odin Grina on a 69-yard scoring pass to give the lead back to Beloit at 31-28 with 2:07 left, setting up the hectic final minute.
Maughn was 28-36 for 357 with one interception and the three TDs for the Bucs. Carrier and Grina each had 108 receiving yards while Ross had 102 on his team-leading nine catches. Terence Steward rushed for 106 yards on 15 carries.
John Weninger rushed for 112 yards on 26 carries for the Green Knights while Berger was 14-21 for 155 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Krueger had 75 yards receiving and Green 58.
Defensively for the Bucs Tony Baratti had 14 total tackles while Michael Underwood, who also had a drive-ending interception in the end zone, had nine stops.
The Buccaneers hit the road for the first time this season next Saturday when they play at Carroll University in Waukesha. Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m.