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October 23, 2018

Football Crushes Beloit 63–0

After a heartbreaking loss two weekends ago, the Maroons looked to bounce back against the not-so-highly-rated Bucs of Beloit College. For the entire afternoon, Beloit College was involuntarily forced into the position of being a punching bag for the Maroons. In the chilly, windy conditions that made throwing the ball extremely difficult, the UChicago rushing attack dominated the game. The Maroons ran for over 450 yards and averaged over seven yards per carry. The Bucs’ defense could not even slow down this onslaught from the Maroons’ running corps. The result was never in question as the Maroons came out of the gates hot, and put 21 points on the board in the first and second quarters, for a halftime lead of 42–0. A third-year starting cornerback described the day: “The weather was wild, but the game itself was pretty tame.” After halftime, UChicago did slow down slightly, only outscoring the Bucs by 21–0 in the second half to finish the day with a 63–0 shutout win. 

The game saw the Maroons break many records. The 63-point win is the largest margin by which UChicago has won since 1919 and in the modern era (since 1969), and it is only the seventh time ever that they have scored 63 or more points in one game. Moreover, the Maroons have now scored 49 points or more in four of their last five games, also the first time in one season that UChicago has scored 49 points or more on four occasions. It wasn’t just offense: Defense also set impressive records. This performance is their third shutout of the year, which is another modern era record (since 1969). It is also the first time since 1934 that the defense has blanked three opponents in one season. 

The Maroons follow up this performance with Homecoming this weekend against Ripon College at a slightly later kickoff of 2 p.m. at Stagg. In what should be a tight game, fans should come out and cheer on their record-breaking team.

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