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First Half Hole Too Big for Buccaneer Football Macalester

October 17, 2015

St. Paul, MN -- The Beloit College Football team fell behind early on Saturday and couldn't make up the deficit in a 28-14 Midwest Conference North Division loss at Macalester College.

Half of the Bucs' first half drives ended with a turnover, three with a punt, and the last as the half ended.  The Macs got on the board twice in the opening quarter, on a 28-yard run at the 11:57 mark and a one-yard run at 7:18.  They added a three-yard run midway through the second quarter to lead 21-0 at the break.

The Buccaneers got on the board with 22 seconds left in the third quarter when Mason Dixon scored on a 25-yard run.  Macalester answered that score at 10:08 of the fourth quarter with a five-yard run.  Beloit closed the scoring with 2:48 remaining when Kam Sallee caught a seven-yard TD pass from Danny May.

The Bucs were held under 396 yards in total offense for the first time this season, getting 272, while the Macs had 438, 330 on the ground. 

Dixon finished with 122 yards rushing on 20 carries.  May passed for 121 yards but was intercepted four times.  Sallee's four catches led the receivers while Nate Brault had a team-best 33 yards receiving.

Defensively Dewight Walker and Brenden Endrina both finished with 10 tackles while Juan Guerrero and Riley Pearson had nine apiece.  Pearson also recovered a fumble.

The Buccaneers return to Strong Stadium next Saturday when they host undefeated MWC North- leader St. Norbert College.  Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m.