Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College Football team held on at the end for a 34-27 win over Monmouth College on Saturday at Strong Stadium, the first for the Bucs over the Fighting Scots since the 2002 season.
Andrew Christensen started the excitement in the first 13 seconds of the game, returning the opening kickoff 86 yards to put the Bucs up 7-0, a score that held through the rest of the first quarter.
Christensen caught a nine-yard scoring pass from Brian Maughn at 13:45 of the second quarter to give Beloit a 14-0 lead before Monmouth got on the board with a one-yard scoring run three minutes later. Mat Kahl booted back-to-back 30-yard field goals, at 4:57 and 2:48, to put Beloit up 20-6. But the Scots scored on a 35-yard pass 18 seconds before the break to make it 20-13, Beloit, at the half.
Derek Carrier got in on the fun in the third quarter with a pair of receiving TDs, the first a 79-yarder from Maughn at 11:52 and the second, a 31-yard play, from Odin Grina on a receiver option pass at 4:50. The second TD gave him nine receiving touchdowns for the season, breaking the record of eight set last season by Julian Ross and shared with Mike Meteyard (1994).
The Buccaneers entered the fourth quarter with a 34-13 cushion and held that advantage until the final seven minutes. Monmouth pulled to within two TDs on a five-yard run at 6:53 and then closed the gap to seven points with 2:29 left in regulation.
After a Beloit drive stalled MC drove the ball to the 50 and then, with the clock ticking to :00, threw a pass into the endzone that fell off the receiver's hands to secure the Buccaneer win.
Maughn finished with 252 yards passing and the two TDs, going 18-26 on the day. Raymond Thomas led the rushing attack with 56 yards on 17 carries, including an exciting 24-yard run. Carrier caught four passes for 127 yards while Ross had five receptions for 72 yards.
Ross' fourth catch of the day topped the career record of Meteyard for career receptions. Ross now has 164 in his four years and stands alone atop the career receptions, yards and TDs list.
Matt Fogerty paced the defense with 12 tackles, eight solo.
The Buccaneers look to keep their momentum going next Saturday when they play at Lawrence University in Appleton. Kickoff is at 2:00 p.m.