Lake Forest, IL -- The Beloit College Football team needed an extra couple of plays but came away with a 33-27 Midwest Conference overtime win at Lake Forest College on Saturday.
Derek Carrier caught a 22-yard TD pass from Brian Maughn on the second play of their OT possession to end the game. The Buccaneer defense had shut down the Foresters in their possession to open the extra period, forcing a 22-yard missed field goal.
The Buccaneers were rolling early. Terence Steward scored from ten yards away to cap a seven-play drive to make it 7-0 at the 5:33 mark and then Mat Kahl kicked a 32-yard field goal with 46 seconds left in the quarter to make it 10-0 after one.
LFC cut into the lead at 6:48 of the second with a short scoring pass before Beloit retook their ten-point advantage at the break when Steward scored his second TD, this one from one yard out.
The Buccaneers made it 24-7 early in the third quarter when Odin Grina caught a 21-yard scoring pass from Maughn but the Foresters got themselves back into the contest, getting a short scoring pass at 6:26 and field goals at 4:30 and :16 to make it 24-20 entering the final quarter.
Kahl booted his second field goal of the game, from 30 yards away, early in the fourth quarter to give the Bucs a seven-point cushion. But Lake Forest struck late in regulation to force overtime, scoring on a short run with 1:13 left to tie it at 27-all and set the stage for Carrier's game-winning catch.
Steward finished with 67 yards rushing on 21 carries. Maughn was 13 of 27 for 229 yards but had three interceptions. Grina led the receiving corp with five catches for 108 yards while Carrier finished with four catches for 74 yards.
On defense Tony Baratti had 13 tackles, 3.5 for loss, while also forcing and recovering a fumble that led to Grina's TD catch to open the second half. Chris Halcsik had nine tackles. Valde Raizys, who also had a sack, and Michael Underwood each recorded interceptions, with Underwood returning his for 38 yards.
Beloit returns to Strong Stadium next Saturday to begin a two-game homestand, hosting Ripon College at 1:00 p.m.