Mount St. Joseph to provide strong test for BC on homecoming

October 3, 2000

It�s homecoming Saturday at Salzman Stadium as The College of Mount St. Joseph (2-3 overall, 0-1 HCAC) brings a talented squad to take on the Beavers (3-1 overall, 1-0 HCAC). This matchup has proven to be a great one in recent years, with Bluffton having won the last three, but not without a serious fight.

Last season Bluffton squeezed out a 27-26 win at Mount St. Joseph as Tyson Goings scored on a 30 yard run with 4:11 left in the game to put BC on top. Greg Bruns and Rob Kitchen both recovered fumbles for BC, while Jeff Company intercepted a Lion pass. BC led 14-0 and 21-14 during that game, but The Mount recorded four QB sacks and out-gained the Beavers 414-356.

This season Mount St. Joseph fields the second-best rushing attack in the Heartland Conference, led by running back Doug Anderson, who averaged 154.8 yards on the ground in the Lions first three games. The Lions rank last in the HCAC in passing, however, as MSJ is averaging just 121.2 yards per game through the air. The Mount is +2 in the turnover department (Bluffton is -1), and the Lions have given up a league-low two sacks. Bluffton, meanwhile, ranks atop the HCAC in scoring offense, total offense and passing efficiency and ranks second in the league in scoring defense and total defense.

The Lion passing attack will be a wait-and-see affair, as the MSJ website reported that starting quarterback Joe Sparhawk suffered a hairline fracture in his right leg Saturday against Defiance and will miss two to four weeks. His backup is listed as Anthony Fike, a 6-3, 195 lb. freshman.

Senior running back Tyson Goings moved into third place on the BC career rushing list last week as he churned out 129 yards in the Beavers�s 35-0 shutout of Anderson to see his four-year total move up to 3,353 yards. Last week he surpassed Willie Taylor (3,330 yards) and his own cousin Mike Goings (3,338 yards).

Last week BC nailed Anderson University 35-0 to record their first shutout since Oct. 11, 1997, when the Beavers blanked Sue Bennett College 33-0 on homecoming. BC has hosted The Mount on homecoming on one other occasion, although it wasn�t a pleasant one as the Lions earned a 19-12 victory over Bluffton in 1991.

The 2000 campaign marks the 10th season of football for Mount St. Joseph. The Lions have almost always given Bluffton a good battle. BC has won the last three contests between these two schools and is 3-1 against the Lions in Salzman Stadium.

Homecoming king Brandon Cupples will be serving double duty Saturday, as the senior also handles Bluffton�s kicking chores and ranks sixth in the Heartland Conference in scoring.

Today�s game is being televised by WTLW Channel 44 of Lima. The game will be aired at 8 p.m. Saturday evening and 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Click here for details about the telecast.

All-time BC-MSJ scores

1999	Bluffton 27, at MSJ 26
1998	at Bluffton 40, MSJ 21
1997	at Bluffton 40, MSJ 35
1996	at MSJ 14, Bluffton 3
1995	MSJ 35, at Bluffton 25
1994	at MSJ 28, Bluffton 10
1993	at Bluffton 16, MSJ 14
1992	at MSJ 41, Bluffton 0
1991	MSJ 19, at Bluffton 12
1990	Bluffton 26, at MSJ 21