Grinnell, IA -- The Beloit College Football team had a banner day in their Midwest Conference opener, scoring a 72-17 win at Grinnell College Saturday.
The 72 points are the most scored by the Buccaneers since a 64-0 victory over Northwestern College of Wisconsin in the third game of the 1922 season.
Danny May hit Ryan Sughroue with a 46-yard touchdown pass 35 seconds into the game to start the fun. After a Grinnell field goal May scored on a one-yard run to make it 14-3 at the 9:46 mark of the opening quarter and then threw his second TD pass of the quarter when he hit Abraham Quijas from 64 yards out to make it 21-3. The Pioneers closed out the wild quarter with a scoring pass to make it 21-10 after one.
Quijas caught his second TD pass of the game nine seconds into the second quarter, this one from Ben Sposito, and then May ran in from 53 yards out for a 35-10 advantage with 10:39 left in the half. Kam Sallee closed out the first half scoring with a 40-yard field goal as the clock hit 0:00 to put Beloit up 38-10 at the break.
GC scored on a short pass at 11:44 of the third quarter before the Bucs got going again, getting a 14-yard scoring pass from May to Michael Nolden at 8:36; a 25-yard pass from May to Quijas at 7:13; and a six-yard Mason Dixon run at 4:48 to make the score 58-17 heading to the fourth quarter.
Sposito scored on a two-yard run and Tyree Smith scored from one yard out in the fourth to complete the scoring.
May finished with 304 yards passing and 54 rushing while Sposito threw for 102. Quijas had 142 yards receiving on his three TD catches while Nolden caught seven passes for 129. Dixon, in his first action of the season, rushed 12 times for 131 yards and Smith had 66 yards on the ground on 11 carries.
Defensively, George Jacobsen had 11 tackles, three for loss, while Michael Koch and Danny Quijas both had nine stops, Koch adding three pass break-ups. Qua Williams had an interception and Andrei Prikhodko recovered a fumble.
The Buccaneers now turn their focus to the annual Homecoming Game on Saturday, when they host Cornell College at Strong Stadium. Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m.