Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College Football team had their opening night on the new Karris Track & Field at Strong Stadium spoiled by Carroll University on Saturday night as the Pioneers grabbed a 49-20 victory.
Kenny Williams thrilled the 2,800 fans in the first 11 seconds of the game with an 83-yard kickoff return for the first score on the new field. The point-after was missed to make it 6-0.
But Carroll came right back on a 53-yard scoring pass to take a 7-6 lead and then added a seven-yard TD run to make it 14-6 with 6:10 left in the first quarter. CU shocked the crowd with one more score on a 77-yard pass and run with three minutes left and led 21-6 after one quarter.
The Pioneers increased their advantage to 28-6 just over three minutes into the second quarter and added an eight-yard run at the 6:11 mark to lead 35-6. Beloit got the last score of a hectic opening half on a one-yard run by Dan Collins to cap a 10-play, 59-yard drive with 1:31 remaining to make it 35-14 at the break.
Carroll got the only score of the third quarter on a one-yard run and led 42-14 heading into the fourth.
The Buccaneers cut into the lead at the 9:29 mark of the final quarter on Zach Draus' one-yard run before CU closed out the scoring with a three-yard scoring run with 2:11 left.
Beloit was plagued by turnovers in the contest, committing seven, but rushed for 194 yards. They passed for 93. Carroll finished with 393 yards of offense, 256 thru the air.
Raymond Thomas led Beloit with 76 yards rushing while Terence Steward had 56. Brian Maughn passed for 93 yards while Derek Carrier had 60 yards on five catches and also rushed once for seven yards. Williams had 205 yards in kickoff returns on seven attempts.
Will Mack led the defensive effort with nine tackles while Vince Salucci had seven. Williams also had an interception, his third in as many games, while Mack picked off his second of the season. Derrell Carter had the team's lone sack.
The Bucs look to break their drought next Saturday when they go back on the road, playing at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m.