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Buccaneers Hang Close Early Before Nationally-Ranked Monmouth Pulls Away

October 29, 2016

Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College Football team stayed close early but Monmouth College showed why they're nationally ranked in the end with a 52-9 win at Strong Stadium on Senior Day Saturday.

Buccaneers Evan Phillips, Mike Nolden, Kam Sallee, Danny May, Sawyer Lindland, Riley Pearson, Mason Dixon, Jack Sommer, David Lafayette, Jacob Grams, Danny Quijas, Colby Dace and student assistant coaches Kevin Cesario and DeWight Walker all made their final appearance at Strong.

The Fighting Scots struck first less than three minutes into the game on a 44-yard fumble return TD but Beloit came right back when May hit a wide-open Ryan Sughroue with an 18-yard scoring pass to tie it up at 7.  MC regained the lead at 4:16 of the first quarter on a 35-yard field goal before a snap over the punter's head went out of the end zone for a safety, bringing the Bucs back to within 10-9.  But that would be the last score for the Buccaneers.

Monmouth scored on a 70-yard interception return and a four-yard run in the second quarter to head to the lockerroom up 24-9 at the half.  The Scots tacked on a 12 and three-yard scoring run in the third quarter to make it 38-9 and then a three and eight-yard run in the fourth quarter for the final score.

Monmouth finished with 428 total yards, 305 on the ground, while holding Beloit to 241.

May had 107 yards passing and another 30 rushing, with 61 of those passing yards going to Nolden, who had five catches.  Ben Sposito led the rushing attack with 52 yards on eight carries.

Defensively George Jacobsen had a team-high 12 tackles while Lafayette had nine and Caleb Wachel seven.  Pearson and Michael Koch each had 1.5 sacks and Grams also added a sack.

The Buccaneers have the Midwest Conference bye next Saturday before closing out the season on November 12 at Illinois College in Jacksonville.  Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m.