Hanover tops Bluffton 24-15

October 14, 2000

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Bluffton College suffered their first Heartland Conference defeat Saturday afternoon as Hanover College topped the Beavers 24-15 in Hanover, Indiana. BC is now 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the HCAC, while Hanover improves to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the HCAC.

Bluffton led in nearly every statistical category, but Hanover's kept the Beavers out of the endzone at several crucial times to preserve the win. Bluffton outgained Hanover 375-315 in total yards and BC held possession of the football for 34:23 compared to just 25:37 for Hanover. Bluffton also picked off three Hanover passes and committed just one turnover themselves. The Panthers rushed for just 51 total yards, while Bluffton churned out 273 on the ground.

Running back Tyson Goings rushed for a season-high 219 yards on 39 carries that included a 32 yard TD run in the second quarter. Hanover scored two first quarter touchdowns and then another shortly into the second quarter to build a 21-7 lead.

Senior Brandon Cupples nailed a Heartland Conference record 49-yard field goal as time expired in the first half to bring the halftime score to 21-10 in favor of Hanover. Couples would add a 39-yard field goal in the third quarter and Hanover gave Bluffton a safety with one minute remaining in the game, but that would be all the points Bluffton would accumulate in the second half.

The BC defense gave up just a 32-yard field goal in the second half to keep the Beavers in the game.

Sophomore Brad Moore completed 10 of 20 passes for 102 yards without an interception, while Hanover QB Eric Bruns completed 28 of 40 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns.

Pat Craun, Josh Slaughter and Brian Steiner all recorded interceptions of Bruns' passes and Greg Ditz recorded 11 tackles to lead the defense. Shawn Goetz, Greg Bruns and Jeff Company all recorded six tackles.

Bluffton will return to Salzman Stadium next Saturday, October 21, to take on Manchester College for Parent's Day.