Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College Football team made sure their fifteen 2010 seniors, playing their final game for the Bucs, went out in style with a 42-27 win over Illinois College at Strong Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Buccaneers send goodbye to Tony Baratti, Quentin Layne, Roland Malivert, Chris Juels, Michael Underwood, CJ Yoakum, Ryan Koons, Julian Ross, Don Guindon, Brad Cavanagh, Andrew Christensen, Valde Raizys, Nick O'Block, Kurtis Carlson and Odin Grina, a big group who had a big impact on Saturday's win.
Derek Carrier opened the scoring when he hauled in a four-yard pass from Dillon Hess midway through the opening quarter to put the Bucs up for good.
Hess did it on his own early in the second quarter with a four-yard run to make it 14-0 before the Blueboys returned a fumble 52 yards for a TD at the 8:58 mark to cut the lead in half and make the halftime score 14-7, Beloit.
The Buccaneers broke away in the third quarter with three unanswered touchdowns. Senior Ross had a 43-yard catch and run 37 seconds in to the quarter to make it 21-7. Hess then went in from two yards out at 3:47 to build the lead to 28-7 before Ross grabbed his second TD of the quarter from Brian Maughn, this one from six yards out to make it 35-7 entering the fourth.
But IC wasn't done. They scored a pair of touchdowns in a 2:15 span early in the quarter to pull to within 35-21 with 11:43 remaining. But Christensen, the program's all-time leader in kickoff return yardage, returned the kickoff after the second TD 86 yards, his second kick return score of the season, to settle things down and put Beloit back up 42-21 with 11:27 left.
Illinois College got one last score at the 11:03 mark, completing a four-TDs-in-2:55 stretch, to close out the scoring.
The win over IC was Beloit's first since the 2005 season.
Individually it was a big day. Maughn finished 29-46 for 384 yards and the two scores, breaking his own single-season mark for passing yardage at 2,740 and setting a new record with 20 TD passes.
Derek Carrier caught nine passes for 106 yards, giving him 100-plus receiving yardage games in the last three. Ross finished with five catches for 86 yards, ending his career as the all-time leader in receptions, yardage and touchdowns. Christensen chipped in six catches for 90 yards, giving him 259 all-purpose yards for the game and ending his career with 4,549, second all-time.
On defense, Baratti had ten tackles, his eighth double-figure tackle game of the season. He finished his career with a career record 434 stops. Matt Fogerty added nine tackles while Raizys had two tackles for loss. Mark Coogan recovered a fumble and Vince Salucci had an interception while also blocking a kick for the eighth time in his career. He also had three pass defenses.