Grinnell, IA -- The Beloit College Football team, fresh off a 50-point outburst in the season opener, kept putting up yards and points Saturday with a 41-31 win at Grinnell College.
Mason Dixon got Beloit rolling with a one-yard scoring run just over three minutes into the game, capping a nine-play, 76-yard drive. Grinnell tied it up three minutes later with a short scoring pass before Dixon struck again, this time from six yards out, to make it 14-7, Beloit, after one quarter.
Dixon increased the lead to two TDs with his third rushing score of the game one minute into the second quarter but the Pioneers had back-to-back scoring passes to tie it up again at 21-all with 7:49 left in the half. GC took a 24-21 lead on a 49-yard field goal at the 4:38 mark before Danny May gave the Buccaneers the lead for good 1:39 before halftime on a six-yard TD run, making it 28-24 at the break.
Dixon tied a Beloit record with his fourth rushing touchdown of the game midway through the third quarter, the only scoring of the quarter, to put Beloit up 34-24 heading to the fourth.
Mike Nolden closed out the Buccaneer scoring on a six-yard pass from May seven seconds into the final quarter, making it 41-24. Grinnell pulled to within 41-31 on a short TD pass with under three minutes remaining before the Bucs ran out the final 2:55 for the win.
Dixon finished with 228 rushing yards, the third 200-yard game of his career, the second straight at Grinnell, on 31 carries. May threw for 188 yards while Ryan Sughroue caught nine passes for 60 yards and Kam Sallee six for 60. Beloit finished with 468 yards of offense, 280 on the ground, while holding Grinnell to 109 rushing yards.
Defensively Brenden Endrina had 16 tackles, 10 solo, with a sack while Quin Dixon had 10 tackles. Danny Quijas, Michael Koch and George Jacobsen also had sacks while Riley Pearson and Jacob Grams shared one. Antonio Jones made the game's lone interception, with his 34-yard return setting up Dixon's second TD.
The Buccaneers host Lawrence University in the Homecoming Game next Saturday at Strong Stadium. The game is the 100th meeting between the two programs and is also Beloit's home opener and the Midwest Conference North Division opener. Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m.