Ripon, WI -- The Beloit College Football team was on the verge of completing a late-game comeback but was stopped with just over a minute left in regulation in a 14-12 Midwest Conference North Division loss at Ripon College Saturday.
The Bucs broke a scoreless tie with just 1:26 left in the first half when Joey Werner scored on a two-yard run for his first collegiate touchdown. But the point-after was blocked, giving Beloit a 6-0 lead at the break.
Ripon scored their first TD four-plus minutes into the third quarter on a short four-yard pass for, with the extra point, a 7-6 lead. They made it 14-6 five seconds into the fourth quarter on a 17-yard scoring pass.
The Buccaneers put together an 11-play, 68-yard drive in the final minutes, culminating in a four-yard scoring pass from Danny May to Mike Nolden. But the two-point conversion pass failed and Beloit still trailed 14-12 with 1:15 left. The ensuing onside kick was recovered by Ripon at the Beloit 45 with 1:11 remaining and RC ran three plays to run out the clock.
May threw for 149 yards, with Nolden catching six passes for 54 yards and Lukeson Versulien two for 48. Mason Dixon ran for 60 yards on nine carries.
On the defensive side David Lafayette (14), Antonio Jones (12), Dewight Walker (12) and Michael Koch (11) all finished with double-figure tackles to lead the strong effort. Koch had a sack while Quin Dixon and Riley Pearson combined for another. Jones and Walker each intercepted a pass and Jones, Koch and Pearson all recovered fumbles.
Beloit returns to Strong Stadium for their final two games, hosting Carroll University next Saturday for Senior Day and then hosting an MWC Championship Saturday game on November 14. Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m.