Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College Football team made very sure a big crowd of some 2,500 Homecoming Game fans liked what they saw, which was a 49-34 win over Lawrence University in the 100th meeting between the two programs.
The Buccaneers raced to a 21-0 lead in the first nine minutes of the game. Mason Dixon hit paydirt from 38 yards away just over two minutes in to start the scoring before Danny May hit Mike Nolden with a 49-yard scoring pass at the 8:33 mark. Dixon capped the big opening quarter with a 77-yard TD run at 6:17 to complete the outburst.
Nolden made it a four-touchdown lead at 6:38 of the second quarter on a six-yard pass from May before the Vikings dented the scoreboard two minutes later on a short two-yard run. Ryan Sughroue caught a 25-yard scoring toss from May with 3:03 remaining in the half and Nolden grabbed his third TD pass of the first 30 minutes from May with 19 seconds left, making it 42-7 at the break.
Dixon had 187 yards rushing, May 215 passing yards and Nolden six catches for 116 yards in the first half as the Buccaneers piled up 408 yards of offense.
Dixon scored his third touchdown of the game from 12 yards away at 9:32 of the third for the only score of the quarter, making it 49-7.
LU got going in the fourth, scoring four TDs while shutting down the Buccaneer back-ups for the final score.
The Bucs finished with 524 total yards, 284 on the ground. Dixon finished with 218 yards, his second straight 200-plus yard game, the first Buccaneer to hit the 200-yard rushing mark four times in his career. May had 233 yards passing and became the fifth Beloit quarterback with four passing TDs in a game. Nolden had 134 yards receiving on seven catches and became the fifth receiver in program history with three receiving touchdowns.
Defensively, Danny Quijas and Riley Pearson both had seven tackles, with Quijas also getting a fumble recovery. Pearson added two sacks and two forced fumbles. Antonio Jones intercepted his third pass of the season and Quin Dixon also had a fumble recovery.
The Buccaneers head back to the road next Saturday when they play at Lake Forest College. Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m.