September 1, 2012

University of Chicago football stifles Beloit College 20-6 in season debut

More news about: Chicago

CHICAGO, Ill. -- A stifling defensive effort propelled the University of Chicago football team to a 20-6 victory in its season opener against Beloit College on Saturday.

The Maroons improved to 1-0 while the Buccaneers fell to 0-1.

On a wet and windy evening, Chicago got things started right from the onset, pinning Beloit at its own four-yard-line on the opening kick. After forcing a quick three-and-out, the Maroons took over in Beloit territory and got on the board first with a 35-yard field goal by Jeff Sauer to make it 3-0.

The next three Beloit drives only resulted in futility. After gaining four yards on the first drive of the game, the Bucs offense was held to negative-2 yards, negative-5 yards and negative-2 yards on its next three possessions.

Neither offense got much going in the first half, with the longest drive going 29 yards. However, Chicago's defense was the catalyst for the game's first touchdown. Defensive lineman Scott Mainquist picked off Beloit quarterback Dillon Hess at the Beloit 18-yard-line, which set up a Dee Brizzolara touchdown run from three yards out. The scamper into the endzone gave the Maroons a 10-0 lead with five minutes left in the half.

Brizzolara got the offense rolling right away in the second half. The senior wide receiver took the opening kickoff 48 yards and into Bucs territory. Chicago ran into fourth down twice during the drive, and converted both times. The first instance was a three-yard run by Zak Ross-Nash on fourth-and-one at the Beloit 37-yard-line. But the next conversion on fourth-and-eight was even more spectacular. Quarterback Kevin Shelton lofted a pass across the middle to tight end Brandon Meckelberg, who caught the ball in space between three defenders and bowled over two more to reach the end zone for a 35-yard touchdown.

The Maroons made the score 20-0 right at the start of the fourth quater. A nine-play drive stalled at Beloit's three-yard-line, but Sauer knocked the ball through the uprights from 22 yards out.

The Bucs broke the shutout on its best drive of the game with five minutes left in the fourth quarter. Backup quarterback Will Coyne drove the team 62 yards and then rushed it in himself from the one-yard-line.

Chicago's defense shined in the final stat tallies, allowing only 146 yards of total offense. The run defense shut down the ground game, only allowing 33 yards on 28 carries. Mainquist and Mychael Gilliam each registered an interception. Alex Dzierbicki led the way with 10 total tackles. Mainquist also registered 1.5 sacks.

The Maroons offense collected 168 rushing yards and 123 passing yards on the night. Running back Ian Gaines rushed 16 times for 81 yards while Ross-Nash also had 16 rushes for 77 yards. Shelton passed 8-for-14 for 123 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Meckelberg ended up with three catches for 69 yards.

Chicago returns to Stagg Field next Saturday for a 6 PM game versus Concordia University Chicago.

Sep. 1: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Coast Guard at Anna Maria
7:00 PM
Defiance at Baldwin Wallace
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Johns Hopkins
7:30 PM
Trine at Manchester
8:00 PM
Millsaps at Belhaven
Sep. 2: All times Eastern
TBA
Muhlenberg at Wilkes
6:00 PM
Mass-Dartmouth at Mount Ida
6:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Wesley
7:00 PM
N.C. Wesleyan at Stevenson
7:00 PM
Western New England at Springfield
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Fitchburg State at Becker
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Albright at Salisbury
7:00 PM
WPI at MIT
7:00 PM
Salve Regina at Worcester State
7:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Curry
7:00 PM
Morrisville State at St. Lawrence
10:00 PM
Adrian at Pacific
Sep. 3: All times Eastern
TBA
Endicott at Framingham State
TBA
Kean at Christopher Newport
TBA
King's at Moravian
Live Stats
TBA
Lebanon Valley at Franklin and Marshall
TBA
Marietta at Denison
TBA
McDaniel at Catholic
TBA
Wisconsin Lutheran at Trinity Int'l
TBA
UW-Platteville at George Fox
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Washington U. at Carnegie Mellon
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Chicago at Case Western Reserve
12:00 PM
Husson at Alfred
12:00 PM
SUNY-Maritime at Maine Maritime
Video
12:00 PM
Cortland at Heidelberg
12:00 PM
Otterbein at Buffalo State
12:00 PM
Ursinus at Bethany
12:00 PM
Sewanee at Kenyon
1:00 PM
Plymouth State at Castleton
Live Stats
1:00 PM
RPI at Norwich
1:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Dickinson
1:00 PM
Oberlin at Kalamazoo
1:00 PM
Emory and Henry at Ferrum
1:00 PM
Wooster at Washington and Jefferson
1:00 PM
Alfred State at William Paterson
1:00 PM
St. Vincent at Alma
1:00 PM
Concordia (Wis.) at Finlandia
1:00 PM
Olivet at St. John Fisher
1:00 PM
Rowan at Widener
1:00 PM
Hobart at Brockport
1:00 PM
Union at Ithaca
1:00 PM
Susquehanna at Lycoming
1:00 PM
Utica at Misericordia
1:00 PM
The Apprentice School at Methodist
1:00 PM
TCNJ at UW-Whitewater
1:30 PM
Wilmington at Bluffton
1:30 PM
Monmouth at Hope
1:30 PM
Bridgewater at Gettysburg
1:30 PM
Muskingum at Waynesburg
1:30 PM
Juniata at Grove City
2:00 PM
Lakeland at Carroll
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
UW-Stevens Point at St. Norbert
2:00 PM
Austin at Hendrix
2:00 PM
Maranatha Baptist at Martin Luther
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Millikin at Greenville
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Eureka at Knox
Live Stats
2:00 PM
MacMurray at Rockford
2:00 PM
Gustavus Adolphus at Westminster (Mo.)
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at Luther
2:00 PM
Beloit at Lake Forest
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Jamestown
2:00 PM
Crown at Hamline
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Carleton at Macalester
2:00 PM
Bethel at Dubuque
2:00 PM
St. Scholastica at St. John's
Live Stats
2:00 PM
St. Olaf at Grinnell
2:00 PM
Buena Vista at Mayville St.
2:00 PM
Simpson at UW-Stout
2:00 PM
Aurora at Carthage
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at Coe
2:00 PM
Ripon at Concordia-Chicago
2:00 PM
Elmhurst at Loras
2:00 PM
Huntingdon at Louisiana College
2:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Robert Morris-Chicago
2:00 PM
Benedictine at Wheaton (Ill.)
2:00 PM
John Carroll at UW-Oshkosh
2:30 PM
Southern Virginia at Earlham
Live Stats
2:30 PM
Lawrence at Presentation
4:00 PM
La Verne at Puget Sound
Live Stats
4:00 PM
Central at Whitworth
5:00 PM
Hartwick at Western Connecticut
6:00 PM
Wabash at Albion
6:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.) at Berry
6:00 PM
Augustana at Mount St. Joseph
6:00 PM
Thomas More at Franklin
Live Stats
6:00 PM
Hampden-Sydney at Averett
6:00 PM
Redlands at Trinity (Texas)
7:00 PM
Hiram at Westminster (Pa.)
7:00 PM
Thiel at Allegheny
7:00 PM
Capital at Wittenberg
7:00 PM
Shenandoah at Gallaudet
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Illinois College at Rose-Hulman
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Hanover at Centre
7:00 PM
Geneva at Frostburg State
7:00 PM
Nichols at Westfield State
7:00 PM
Greensboro at Guilford
Live Stats
7:00 PM
LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern
7:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Southwestern
7:00 PM
Anderson at North Park
7:00 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Mary Hardin-Baylor
7:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Texas Lutheran
7:10 PM
St. Thomas at UW-Eau Claire
Video Live Stats
8:00 PM
Willamette at Rhodes
8:00 PM
Cornell at Iowa Wesleyan
Live Stats
8:00 PM
Augsburg at Northwestern (Minn.)
Live Stats
8:00 PM
Southwestern Assemblies at Howard Payne
8:00 PM
Sul Ross State at UT-Permian Basin
Dec. 18: All times Eastern
Final
Mount Union 49, at St. Thomas 35
@ Salem, Va.
Box Score Recap Recap Photos