Lake Forest, IL -- The Beloit College Football team never quit coming back at Lake Forest College on Saturday. But they could never get back to even in a 42-34 loss.
The Foresters had the first two scores of the game on a short run and a 64-yard interception return in the opening quarter. Beloit made it 14-7 after one on Danny May's three-yard scoring run at 1:27 of the period.
The Buccaneers pulled within 14-10 seven seconds into the second quarter on Kam Sallee's 24-yard field goal before LFC pushed their lead to 21-10, capping a 15-play drive with a five-yard TD run at the 3:23 mark of the period. Mike Nolden caught an 18-yard scoring pass from May to pull the Bucs back within 21-17 with 1:14 left but Lake Forest had the last say, scoring on a one-yard run five seconds before halftime to make it 28-17 at the break.
Sallee's second field goal of the game, this one from 30 yards out, made it 28-20 midway through the third quarter. The Foresters pushed their lead up to 35-20 at 3:07 of the quarter on a 68-yard touchdown run but Nolden caught his second TD pass of the game on a 22-yarder from May with 43 seconds left to make it 35-27 after three.
LFC scored on a one-yard run midway through the fourth quarter to re-establish their 15-point advantage before Nate Brault caught a 16-yard scoring pass from May with 3:47 remaining. Beloit couldn't recover the ensuing onside kick and Lake Forest ran out the final time to hold on for the win.
Beloit finished with 472 yards of offense while LFC had 401. May finished with 325 yards passing, with Nolden catching eight passes for 170 yards. Sallee also caught eight passes for 77 yards. Mason Dixon rushed 27 times for 104 yards.
On defense Brendon Endrina led the way with 10 tackles followed by Riley Pearson and Dewight Walker with eight each. Walker added two pass defenses.
The Buccaneers return home next Saturday to host Monmouth College at 1:00 p.m. at Strong Stadium.