Bethel beats Johnnies, hopes for at-large bid

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A complete team performance helped Bethel finish the MIAC regular season with a 27-22 win over Saint John's on Saturday. The Royals (8-2, 6-2 MIAC) held the Johnnies (5-5, 3-5 MIAC) to 52 yards rushing and 258 yards passing on 49 attempts, while totaling 484 yards of offense. Saturday's results gave BU a chance at a Pool C bid in the NCAA Division III Playoffs, while also giving the Johnnies its first losing record in conference play since 1973. In addition, the win gives Bethel its sixth win over Saint John's in the last seven years and helps the Royals finish the 2012 season undefeated at Royal Stadium. 
Erik Peterson (So., Orono, Minn.) was electric Saturday, finishing the game 22-of-33 for 267 yards passing, alongside 104 yards rushing on 13 carries.
Peterson and the Bethel offense drove down to the Johnnie 11-yard line on the first drive of the game, before Nathaniel Van Loon (Fr., Faribault, Minn.) kicked his second field goal of the season from 27 yards out.

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