Mt. Vernon, IA -- The Beloit College Football team got it done on the ground Saturday but couldn't overcome a big first half by Cornell College in a 58-24 loss.
After the Rams built a 34-0 halftime lead and increased it to 41-0 early in the third quarter the Bucs got themselves on the board on Kam Sallee's 20-yard field goal midway through the third. Mohammed Abbed got Beloit's first touchdown of the day with a 27-yard run at 2:50 of the third and then Mason Dixon scored from 25 yards away as the quarter clock expired to make it 55-17 after the two teams combined for 38 points in the period.
Dixon plunged over from one yard out midway through the fourth quarter to close out the Buccaneers' scoring before Cornell kicked a field goal for the final points.
The Bucs' 356 yards on the ground are the most since they had 501 at Lawrence on October 2, 2004.
Dixon fell short of his third straight 200-yard game but finished with 180 yards on 31 carries with the two scores. Abbed also topped the century mark on the ground, running for 102 yards on 14 rushes and Sallee had 87 yards on 11 carries. Omar Gandara-Barron had 209 all-purpose yards, including 141 on kickoff returns and a 68-yard punt return.
Defensively, Riley Pearson made eight tackles, seven solo, and had an interception. Derell Carter finished with seven tackles, all solo stops.
The Buccaneers return to Strong Stadium for the first time in three weeks next Saturday when they host Knox College on "Play for the Cure" Day. Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m.