Appleton, WI -- The Beloit College Football team dropped a 36-22 Midwest Conference game at Lawrence University Saturday afternoon.
The Bucs got things off on the right foot when Kam Sallee booted a 46-yard field goal at 6:44 of the opening quarter. But the Vikings countered with a two-yard run after a long return on the ensuing kickoff to take the lead for good in the contest. Sallee pulled Beloit to within one with 43 seconds left in the quarter on a 24-yard field goal.
LU pulled away with back-to-back scoring runs to open the second quarter - from 29 and eight yards - to make it a 22-6 game. Mason Dixon rushed in from two yards out with just over a minute left in the half but the point-after run failed to make it 22-12 at the break.
A 19-yard run at 11:20 of the third quarter made it 29-12, Lawrence, before Sallee booted his third field goal of the game, this one from 30 yards, to make it 29-15 entering the fourth.
An 82-yard scoring run 14 seconds into the final quarter closed out the scoring for the Vikings, making it 36-15. Mike Nolden caught a 42-yard touchdown pass from Danny May with just under two minutes left for the final score.
Beloit held the advantage in total yards with 423 to LU's 381. The Buccaneers threw for 214 yards and rushed for 209 while LU had 348 rushing yards and 33 through the air.
Dixon led Beloit with 146 yards rushing on 25 carries, becoming the second Buccaneer to surpass 4,000 career yards on the ground, while May had 65 yards on 12 rushes. May also threw for 214, 83 of them to Nolden on four catches. Sallee caught seven passes for 79 yards.
Sallee's kicked three field goals in a game for the second time this season and now has 26 career field goals, breaking Greg Dummer's (1982-85) career record.
On defense Quin Dixon had nine tackles and David Lafayette and Michael Kock seven each. Koch and Jack Sommer each had a sack.
The Bucs return to Strong Stadium next Saturday to host St. Norbert College. Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m.