Ripon, WI -- The Beloit College Football team needed a lift and got it from senior Mike Nolden, who caught three touchdown passes from Danny May to lead the Buccaneers to a 24-14 win at Ripon College, snapping a three-game skid.
With his three TD catches, totaling 100 yards, Nolden broke the Beloit career record of 29 set by NFL tight end Derek Carrier, who set the mark from 2008-11.
Kam Sallee got the Bucs on the board with under a minute left in the opening quarter with a 19-yard field goal. Nolden caught his first TD pass from May, a 24-yarder, at the 10:04 mark of the second quarter to make it 10-0, the halftime score.
Nolden caught TD #2 from 33 yards away two minutes into the second half to make it 17-0 before Ripon got on the board at 7:12 of the third quarter on an eight-yard run. But May hit Nolden with his third touchdown of the day, from 43 yards away, at 4:35 of the quarter to make it 24-7 entering the fourth.
Ripon had the lone score of the fourth quarter on a 12-yard run and then had their final drive stopped with 1:30 left on a Shayne Ellis interception.
May finished with 196 yards passing and 37 rushing. Mason Dixon had 83 rushing yards on 21 carries.
On defense Brenden Endrina led the team with 12 tackles, seven solo, while Marcos Camacho had 10 tackles, six solo.
Beloit looks to continue their momentum as they host Macalester College next Saturday, October 22, in a 1:00 p.m. "Take a Kid to the Game" kickoff at Strong Stadium.