Bluffton shuts out Manchester 27-0, now 5-2

October 21, 2000

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Bluffton College took over a share of the top spot in the Heartland Conference Saturday with a 27-0 shut out over Manchester College in Salzman Stadium. Bluffton is now 5-2 overall on the season and 3-1 in the Heartland Conference, which ties them with Defiance College, who fell to Franklin College on Saturday.

Senior tailback Tyson Goings scored all four Bluffton touchdowns, three coming on the ground and one through the air. Goings carried the ball 33 times for a game-high 185 yards and scored on runs of one, two and one yards and caught a 13 TD pass from sophomore quarterback Brad Moore, who completed eight of 19 passes on the afternoon for 128 yards.

Goings' four TD effort ties a Bluffton record that is held by six other players, including Goings several times.

Freshman linebacker Pat Craun tied a BC record with three interceptions in the game. He totaled 39 return yards and added a caused fumble and eight tackles. Craun's three picks tied the mark held by three other players, most recently by Paul Hostettler against Ohio Northern in 1967.

Junior Josh Slaughter also picked off a Manchester pass as the Bluffton defense held the Spartans to 183 yards in total offense. Senior Greg Ditz led the BC defense with 12 tackles, while senior Greg Bruns and sophomore Matt Scholz both recorded two quarterback sacks.

Bluffton cranked out 239 yards on the ground and 383 yards in total offense. The Beavers held possession of the football for seven more minutes than Manchester, who was also just four of 13 on third-down conversions.

The shut out was Bluffton's third of the season, all of which have come in league play, which marks the fifth time in the history of BC football that the Beavers have posted three or more shut outs in a single season and the first since 1958 when Bluffton posted six shut outs and finished 8-1 and won the Mid-Ohio Conference.

Bluffton travels to Franklin College next Saturday to face the Grizzlies, who upset Defiance Saturday 37-27.