Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College Football team saved their best of the early season for the annual Homecoming Game, topping Lawrence University 38-21 in front of 2,000 appreciative fans.
And it didn't take long to get started.
Kam Sallee hit Michael Nolden with a 50-yard scoring pass on the first play from scrimmage to get Beloit rolling early. After LU tied it on a shot run Mason Dixon got his big day started with a 16-yard scoring run with just over three minutes left in the opening quarter.
The Vikings wouldn't back down, though, and scored two TDs in the second quarter to take a 21-14 lead 2:59 before the half. Sallee then scored on a two-yard run at 2:30 to cap a 29-second drive that started with Lukeson Versulien's 50-yard kickoff return and a 33-yard pass from Sallee to Versulien, knotting the game at 21-all at the break.
The Bucs had the only scoring of the third quarter on Sallee's 29-yard field goal that gave Beloit the lead for good, 24-21, entering the fourth.
Dixon capped off the win in the fourth quarter with a pair of long touchdown runs. The first came from 48 yards out at the 11:03 mark to build the lead to 31-21. He then closed the scoring with a 42-yard TD with just under two minutes left as the Bucs were looking to run out the clock.
Dixon finished with 12 carries for 200 yards, the 14th Buccaneer with 200-plus yards rushing in a game. In an interesting note his father, Athletic Hall of Honor member Steve Dixon, had three of those 14, including the top mark of 274 back in 1993. The last Buc to rush for 200 was Lee Rankinen in 2005 with 246 against Lake Forest.
Sallee finished with 114 yards passing while Nolden had four catches for 80 yards.
But it wasn't just the offense who enjoyed a good day. The Buccaneer defense recorded eight sacks and added a fumble recovery and an interception. Brian Flanagan finished with 11 tackles, eight solo, with 4.5 sacks for 25 yards in losses. Derell Carter had nine tackles, seven solo, with a sack and a forced fumble. Juan Guerrero also had nine tackles, six solo, and Patrick Donovan finished with nine and a forced fumble.
Ian Dunning had eight tackles to go with his interception while Alan Ham had 1.5 sacks with a fumble recovery.
Beloit now hits the road for back-to-back Saturday's in Iowa, playing at Grinnell College next weekend and at Cornell College on October 5. They return to Strong Stadium on October 12 to host Knox College for the Play for the Cure Game.