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Bucs' Fourth Quarter Charge Not Enough in MWC Opener

September 10, 2011 at 4:34 pm

De Pere, WI -- The Beloit College Football team put up two touchdowns in the fourth quarter but it wasn't enough as they fell at St. Norbert College 30-14 in the Midwest Conference opener for both squads on Saturday.

The defending MWC Champion Green Knights got a field goal five minutes in to the opening quarter and added a 54-yard scoring pass seven minutes later to lead 10-0 thru one.  They tacked on a 43-yard TD run at the 3:39 mark of the second quarter to head to the locker room up 17-0 at the break.

A 40-yard scoring run and 32-yard TD pass was the only scoring in the third quarter as SNC made it 30-0 heading to the fourth.

The Buccaneers got their offense going in the final stanza, with Brian Maughn hitting Derek Carrier from six yards out to cap an 11-play drive.  The point-after was missed to make it 30-6 at the 13:17 mark.

Maughn and Carrier hooked up again with 5:33 left, this time from 14 yards away.  A Maughn to Ken Andejeski two-point conversion made it 30-14 to close out the scoring.  The drive started on Beloit's own 18 yard line after Zach Bock sacked the St. Norbert QB and caused a fumble, which was picked up by Hakim Pinklyn.

Maughn finished 26-40 with interception and the two TDs for 290 yards to go over 6,000 passing yards for his career.  But he was sacked seven times for 54 yards lost. 

Carrier caught 15 passes for 180 yards, tying the all-time Beloit single-game record for receptions set by Larry Guzik in 1965 against Carleton and recording just the sixth 180-yard receiving day in Beloit history.

Terence Steward led the rushing attach with 50 yards on 19 carries.

On defense, Bock had nine tackles, three for loss, and two sacks while also forcing two fumbles.  Matt Floyd added six tackles.  Kenny Williams picked off his second pass in as many games while Vince Salucci grabbed the ninth interception of his career.  Besides Pinklyn, Austin Warnock also recovered a fumble.

The Buccaneers play on their new field for the first time next Saturday when they host Carroll University in a 6:00 p.m. kickoff at Strong Stadium.  The dedication of the field as well as the new Karris Track will take place at halftime.