Bluffton overcomes Franklin 24-14October 28, 2000
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Bluffton College overcame a 14-7 fourth quarter deficit at Franklin College Saturday as the Beavers scored 17 unanswered points in the final quarter to take a 24-14 victory in Indiana. The win improves Bluffton's record to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the Heartland Conference.
Bluffton now sits on top of the Heartland Conference with a 4-1 league record, while Hanover and Defiance both are 3-1 in the HCAC.
Franklin led 7-0 and 14-7 as the Grizzlies took advantage of a long punt return to set up one touchdown and a BC turnover deep in Bluffton territory to set up the other. The Beavers, however, scored points on their final three possessions of the game as the Defense held the potent Franklin offense out of the endzone.
Quarterback Brad Moore capped off a seven-play drive early in the fourth quarter with a one-yard run to tie the game at 14-14. On Bluffton's next possession, the BC offense ran off 13 plays down to the Franklin ten yard line before Brandon Cupples gave Bluffton its first lead of the game with a 27 yard field goal with 4:49 left in the game. Shawn Goetz then picked off a Franklin pass on the Grizzlies' next drive, setting up another one-yard sneek by Moore to give Bluffton a 24-14 lead that would be the final score.
Goetz ended the final Franklin drive with another interception with 3:30 left in the game, and after Bluffton's final touchdown Darren Riffle caused a fumble on the Franklin kickoff return, which was recovered by Lucas Wilson that he returned seven yards.
The Bluffton defense held Franklin to 29 yards rushing and 148 yards passing and caused four turnovers to lead the Beavers to their second straight 6-2 start. Of Franklin's final seven possessions, BC recorded three interceptions, caused a fumble, blocked a field goal, held on downs and gave up just one score.
Goetz recorded two interceptions, blocked a field goal, broke up two passes and recorded four solo tackles to lead the Bluffton defense. Greg Ditz also broke up two passes and recorded eight tackles to go with his interception.
Tyson Goings rushed for 150 yards on 33 carries, while Moore was 12 for 26 passing for 154 yards and a touchdown. Jovan Johnson caught four passes for 68 yards including a 20 yard TD grab in the first quarter.