BC overcomes slow start, drops Thiel 40-19

By Tim Stried, SID
September 17, 2000

Bluffton College overcame a pre-game down pour and a determined Thiel College squad to earn a 40-19 victory over the Tomcats in Thiel, Pennsylvania Saturday afternoon. The Beavers improve to 2-1 on the season and will have next Saturday off before entering their Heartland Conference schedule on September 30 against Anderson University.

BC led 14-13 at halftime, but scored 26 straight points in the second half to take control of the game. Bluffton finished the game with 489 yards in total offense compared to just 245 for the hosts.

Sophomore quarterback Brad Moore completed 16 of 30 passes for 315 yards and two touchdowns, one of which covered 84 yards to senior wide receiver Luke Habegger in the third quarter. Habegger caught six passes for 194 yards on the afternoon and two TDs, the other of which was a seven-yard grab in the first quarter.

Senior tailback Tyson Goings rushed for 156 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 31 carries and caught five passes for 75 yards. Goings' career rushing yardage now stands at 3,224 yards, just 106 yards away from moving into fourth place on the BC all-time career rushing list, currently occupied by hall of fame running back Willie Taylor who rushed for 3,330 yards from 1954-1957. Tyson is also just 114 yards behind his cousin, Mike Goings, who is number three on the list with 3,338 yards (1961-1965)

Senior kicker Brandon Cupples nailed a pair of 27-yard field goals in the fourth quarter and converted four extra point attempts during the game.

Thiel managed to complete just four of 17 passes for 73 yards, marking the second straight week that the BC defense has held their opponent to under 100 yards passing. Senior linebacker Greg Ditz and senior defensive end Greg Bruns both totaled 10 tackles to lead the defensive unit, while junior Ben Schwab intercepted a Tomcat pass. Two of Bruns' tackles were behind the line of scrimmage and he also recovered a fumble.

Goings scored on runs of 21 yards in the first quarter and 16 yards in the third quarter. Freshman Jovan Johnson added a three-yard scoring jaunt in the fourth quarter to finish the scoring for the Beavers.

Bluffton gave the Tomcats great field position several times in the game, leading to two Tomcat touchdowns. Thiel took the opening kickoff down to the BC 38 yard line to set up their first score, then BC fumbled on its own six yard line to set up another TC score.