Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College Football team sent their 11 seniors away with a big win on Saturday afternoon at Strong Stadium, topping Grinnell College 41-7 in the final game of the 2009 season.
The seniors - Sam Bauman, Joe Davis, Joe Goldufsky, Kyle Hansgen, Matt Kees, Dylan Kocinski, Brian Liewergen, Zach Poelker, Andrew Reich, CJ Yoakum, and Matt Davis - all served as captains for the contest on a Spring-like day in front of 500 fans.
The Bucs got things going with a one-yard run by Dillon Hess at the 5:33 mark of the opening quarter, capping a seven-play, 82-yard drive. They made it 12-0 two minutes into the second quarter when Brian Maughn hit Julian Ross from 15 yards out.
Matthew Kahl added a 35-yard field goal with 1:00 minute remaining before halftime before the Pioneers got their only points of the game with 29 seconds left on a short run, making it 15-7 at the break.
The Buccaneers then dominated the second half. Derek Carrier caught a 14-yard Maughn pass at 6:43 of the third quarter to make it 21-0 and then Quentin Layne picked off a pass and returned it 29 yards for a score to increase the lead to 27-7 48 seconds later.
Ross caught his second TD of the day from Maughn with 1:21 left in the third quarter to make it 34-7 entering the fourth.
Matt Davis closed out the scoring in the final quarter of the season, scoring from one yard out to make the final score.
Beloit controlled the clock for a whopping 40 minutes of the contest, putting up 555 yards of offense in the process while holding GC to 162.
Maughn finished with 297 yards passing to end the season with 2,622. His three TD tosses tied the single-season record while he broke the season record for completions with 169.
Ross had nine catches for 188 yards and two scores, finishing the season with 56 catches for a season record 1,042 yards and a record-tying eight TDs.
Carrier also had five catches for 107 yards and a score as eight Bucs caught a pass.
On defense, Tony Baratti finished his second straight season with 100-plus tackles while Matt Fogerty led the way with ten stops. Kyle Hansgen recorded two sacks to end up with 9.5 this season and 15.5 for his career.
In all, the Buccaneers set team season records for passing yardage, passing completions, passing TDs, passing yards per game, and total offense yards per play.
The Bucs' next action comes on Saturday, September 4, 2010, when they travel to Chicago to take on the University of Chicago in a 6:00 p.m. kickoff.