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Bucs Build Valiant Comeback Effort As Game Goes On, Time Runs Out

October 14, 2017

Beloit, WI -- After 1 period, it looked like it was to be all Ripon, with the Redhawks already having put 21 on the board. However, as the clock ticked on, the Bucs kept fighting and grinding, eventually outscoring Ripon in the 4th (15-7). It seemed as if another patented Beloit comeback was in the works, however, the time ran out on the Bucs. 

Final score from Strong Stadium, Ripon 52 Beloit 28. 

The visiting Redhawks (2-4, 1-1 MWC) rattled off three scores quickly, all in the first period. The third Ripon score came off the first of three INT's of Beloit QB's, as Lane Barnes returned a Ben Sposito pass 21 yards to the end-zone with 5:51 left on the clock. 

The Bucs would find the end-zone for the first time in the afternoon in fashion, as QB Sposito tore off a 30 yd run right up the middle of the field. The ensuing PAT from Junior Andrew Berlin was blocked.

Going into the locker room at half, the score was Ripon 31 - Beloit 6.

Ripon QB Julian Patton had a big day, accounting for 200 of Ripons total yardage on the ground - finding the scoreboard three times by himself. Right out of the half, he trucked into the end-zone on a 13 yd rumble to put the Redhawks up 38-6. 

The Bucs would add on to their side of the scoreboard three more times in the game, as freshman WR Jamiel Garcia snagged an 11 yd pass from Sposito, and both Sposito and backup QB Erick Mitchell both had 1 yd tuck and runs into the end-zone in the 4th quarter. 

Garcia had another great day on the turf for the Bucs, finishing with 130 yards in the air from 7 passes, and one score.

Right behind him was Senior captain TE Ryan Sughroue, grabbing 4 passes for 52 total yards. 

QB Sposito led all Buccaneer runners with 87 yards, and 2 scores. His highlight of the day was the 30 yard long rumble for a score in the first half. 

Redhawk QB Julian Patton was the difference maker in the game this afternoon at Strong Stadium, racking up 200 yards on the ground, 35 yards passing, and 4 total TD's.

On Defense, two Buccaneers lead with 7 solo tackles; Patrick Nicolas and Henry Jacobsen. Nicolas also assisted on 6 tackles, bringing his total on the day to 13.

The Bucs are back on the road, traveling to the University of Chicago for another pivotal MWC game. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 PM.