Chicago, Ill. -- The University of Chicago hosted Beloit for their homecoming game this weekend, and came away having successfully defending their home turf. Final score from Stagg Field - Chicago 55 Beloit 12.
Chicago (4-3, 2-1 MWC) picked up 433 yards on the ground against the Bucs (0-7, 0-3 MWC) in the win, compared to the Bucs 121. The Maroon ground game would prove the difference in the match-up.
For the Bucs, QB Ben Sposito would lead both teams in passing, finishing the afternoon with 142 in the air. Sposito would account for both Buc scoring drives in the game - hitting freshman WR Jamiel Garcia for a 34 yd touchdown in the 3rd quarter, and running in a score himself from the 1 yd line with 12:58 on the clock in the 4th.
Beloit would however, stay clean on the turnover sheet, and finished the day +1, as Xavier Haynes picked off Maroon passer Campbell Garrett on Chicago's second drive in the 1st quarter.
Midway through the 3rd quarter, Beloit would still be fighting to get on the scoreboard, as Chicago holstered a 49-0 lead.
The Bucs would have the ball for almost 3 times as long as the Maroons, and it culminated with Garcia's TD catch and run, hoping to spark the blue and gold offense.
Beloit would score one more time, after the PAT was no good on Garcia's TD, as Sposito capped off a 10 play, 79 yard march down the field with a 1 yard scamper into the endzone. Beloit would try for the 2-PT conversion, barely missing a connection off a Sposito pass.
On defense, Patrick Nicolas led the Bucs once again, finishing with 8 total tackles; 3 solo and 5 assists. Right behind him was Henry Jacobsen with 7, and one tackle for loss.
Beloit comes back to the friendly confines of Strong Stadium this weekend for their homecoming, as they host the Lawrence University Vikings on Saturday at 1 PM. The Bucs will also be honoring their new inductees to the Athletic Hall of Honor, as well as the Championship Teams of the Past.