Bluffton blasts Hiram 49-14; Carpenter wins record 89th game

September 9, 2000

Bluffton College scored 35 unanswered points in the final three quarters en route to a 49-14 non-conference football victory over Hiram College Saturday afternoon in Salzman Stadium. The Beavers broke open a close game after one quarter and held the Terriers out of the end zone the remaining three quarters of the game to improve to 1-1 on the season, while the visiting Terriers fall to 0-1.

The win was the 89th at BC for Head Coach Carlin Carpenter, which makes him the school's all-time wins leader. He surpassed Ken Mast, who guided Bluffton to 88 wins from 1950-1965.

The 49 points scored by Bluffton is a new Salzman Stadium record.

Bluffton racked up 507 yards and 25 first downs on the afternoon and held Hiram to 217 yards. Senior tailback Tyson Goings (Defiance/Wayne Trace) rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns and caught five passes for 68 yards and another score. Sophomore quarterback Brad Moore (Norwalk) completed 20 of 29 passes for 339 yards and tied a school record with four touchdown passes. Senior wide receiver Luke Habegger (Berne, Ind./South Adams) caught seven passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns.

Bluffton blocked two punts in the game, one by freshman Jovan Johnson (Columbus/West) and the other by senior Shawn Goetz (Lima/Bath). Sophomore Brian Steiner (Rawson/Cory-Rawson) led the BC defense with nine tackles, while senior Greg Ditz (Willard) notched six stops.

Senior kicker Brandon Cupples (Mt. Cory/Cory-Rawson) made all seven extra point kicks, that's just one shy of the BC record held by Hugo Sandberg when he made eight PATs against Hanover in 1985.

Three Hiram quarterbacks combined for 79 yards passing and Walter Froelich rushed for 73 yards on 18 carries.

Bluffton will travel to Thiel, Pa. next Saturday, while Hiram will host Kenyon.