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Buccaneers Can't Overcome Four-TD Run in Season-Opening Setback

September 3, 2016

Lake Forest, IL -- The Beloit College Football team couldn't get their offense to click early and Lake Forest College took advantage with four unanswered touchdowns to pull away in a 34-20 loss to open the season Saturday.

The Buccaneers got a 36-yard field goal by Kam Sallee for the only scoring in the first quarter before Sallee added a 43-yarder, the fifth-longest in Beloit history, at the 6:12 mark of the second quarter prior to the Foresters starting their run.  A 15-yard TD run with 2:03 left in the half gave LFC a 7-6 lead.  Then, with 34 seconds remaining, Lake Forest capitalized on a blocked punt with a 24-yard scoring pass to head into the lockerroom up 14-6.

A short six-yard run capped an 11-play drive for LFC accounting for the only scoring in the third quarter to make it 20-6 and then a 41-yard TD pass made it 27-6 less than a minute into the fourth.

The Bucs stopped the burst at the 10:30 mark of the final quarter on Danny May's one-yard run, capping an eight-play drive.  After the Foresters struck on a 16-yard pass play with 4:51 remaining in the game Beloit closed out the scoring with just under a minute left when May hit Michael Nolden on a one-yard scoring play.

May led the Buccaneers with 233 passing yards and another 78 on the ground.  Both Sallee and Nolden had 57 yards receiving, Sallee with seven catches and Nolden with five.

Defensively, Riley Pearson was credited with 10 tackles, seven solo.  Henry Jacobsen had seven tackles while both Quin Dixon and Jack Sommer had sacks and Caleb Wachel a fumble recovery.

Beloit looks to turn things around next Saturday in their home opener at Strong Stadium when they host Knox College.  Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m.

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