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Buccaneers Win Home Opener

September 10, 2016

Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College Football team definitely put together a team effort as they topped Knox College 42-32 at Strong Stadium Saturday in the 2016 home opener.

Joey Werner got Beloit going in the right direction with a three-yard TD run 3:30 into the game before the Prairie Fire tied it up six minutes later.  Kam Sallee put the Bucs on top for good just over a minute into the second quarter with a 52-yard field goal, tying the Beloit record for the longest in program history.  Mike Nolden then caught a 28-yard touchdown pass from Danny May to make it a 16-6 game heading into halftime.

Knox pulled a little closer with a field goal five minutes into the second half but May responded two minutes later with a 30-yard scoring run.  Sallee tacked on another field goal, this one from 37 yards away, to make it 25-9 but KC closed the gap again with a scoring run at 2:59 of the third to make it 25-17 heading into the fourth quarter.

Sallee kicked his third field goal of the game 1:23 into the final quarter before the Prairie Fire got within three points just over a minute later on a 46-yard scoring pass.  The Buccaneers took control with back-to-back short scoring runs from Werner to up the score to 42-25 with four minutes remaining.  Knox closed out the scoring with a nine-yard run inside the final minute but Beloit recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.

The teams combined for 920 yards in offense, with the Buccaneers finishing with 425.  May had 160 yards passing and 114 rushing for a 274-yard total offense day.  Werner rushed for 86 yards on the way to his three TDs.  Nolden caught four passes for 82 yards to lead the receivers.

Defensively Quin Dixon had 10 tackles plus a sack while Danny Quijas had nine tackles and Henry Jacobson eight.  Xavier Haynes grabbed his first career interception and also had three pass breakups.

Beloit looks to continue their momentum next Saturday when they travel to Grinnell College for the Midwest Conference opener.  Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m.