Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College Football team closed their 2015 season on a high note with a 24-21 win over Knox College as a part of MWC Championship Saturday at Strong Stadium.
The Buccaneer scored the only points of the opening quarter on the opening possession of the game, with Mason Dixon scoring from two yards out to cap a 12-play, 75-yard drive.
The Prairie Fire evened it up less than two minutes into the second quarter with a 13-play, 77-yard drive that ended with a two-yard scoring pass. But Dixon scored on a 33-yard run three minutes later to regain the lead and Kam Sallee kicked a 23-yard field four minutes later to make it 17-7. Knox pulled back within 17-14 two seconds before the end of the half on a seven-yard pass play.
KC grabbed a 21-17 lead with the only score of the third quarter on an eight-yard scoring pass.
The Buccaneers tallied the game-winner at the 10:30 mark of the final quarter, capping off a 12-play, 72-yard drive with Dixon's third rushing TD of the game, this one from 13 yards away. The defense then took over, stopping two Knox drives before the Bucs ran out the final 5:23 for the win.
Beloit finished with 392 yards of offense while holding KC to 232. The Bucs rushed for 256 yards with a 5.6 average per rush.
Dixon, with his three rushing TDs giving him 12 for the season, tying for the fifth-most in a season, had 145 yards on the ground on 32 carries, giving him three straight seasons of 1,000-plus yards, joining his father Steve, who had four straight, as the only players in Beloit history with at least three straight such seasons. Dixon now has 3,663 career yards.
Danny May threw for 136 yards and rushed for 92. His 2088 yards passing are the fourth-most in a season for the Buccaneers. Mike Nolden caught seven passes for 61 yards and Sallee had seven catches for 59 yards. Nolden's 841 yards receiving are the fifth-most in a season while his 63 catches rank third in a season. Sallee's 60 catches tie for fourth.
On defense, Danny Quijas had nine tackles while Henry Jacobsen and Joey Casa had six each. Riley Pearson and Jack Sommer had sacks.
Buccaneer seniors Antonio Jones, Nathan Brault, Casa, Mike Roth, Patrick Galloway and Jacob Thuente had their final game in a Buccaneer uniform.