Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College Football team battled toe to toe with league-leader Ripon College on Saturday at Strong Stadium before the Red Hawks used their run game to get some scoreboard separation as the Bucs fell 35-20.
Beloit lit the scoreboard first late in the opening quarter when Brian Maughn hit Derek Carrier on a 12-yard scoring pass. That lead held up until Ripon capped a drive with a three-yard TD run with 14 seconds left in the half to make it 7-all at the break.
The Buccaneers retook the lead five minutes into the second half on Dillon Hess' five-yard TD run. The kick hit the right upright and Beloit led 13-7.
The Red Hawks grabbed the lead for good with 2:44 remaining in the third quarter, capping a 14-play drive with a one-yard scoring run. They held that 14-13 lead entering the fourth quarter.
A nine-play drive by RC in the first three minutes of the fourth finished with a five-yard scoring run to put Ripon up 21-13 with 12:30 left. They then made it 28-13 five minutes later on a 39-yard scoring run.
The Bucs battled back, pulling to within eight at 28-20 with 6:26 left when Maughn connected with Andrew Christensen on a 31-yard scoring play. But the Red Hawks ate up another five minutes of the clock, scoring from six yards out at the 1:21 mark to regain their advantage at 35-20.
The Bucs drove to the Ripon five on their ensuing possession but turned the ball over on downs with nine seconds left.
Offensively Beloit finished with 192 yards through the air while Ripon ground out 350 yards rushing. Terence Steward led the Buccaneer rushing attack with 61 yards on 15 carries. Maughn was 12-29 for 192 yards. Christensen caught four passes for 85 yards and Carrier five passes for 72 yards.
Defensively, Tony Baratti had a game-high 14 tackles, 11 solo, while Matt Fogerty had 12, eight solo. Joe Carmody recovered a fumble to go along with nine tackles.
The Buccaneers stay at home next Saturday when they host Monmouth College in a 1:00 p.m. kickoff at Strong Stadium.