Thomas More hands Bluffton 26-14 defeatNovember 4, 2000
Thomas More College capped off a 9-1 regular season and kept their playoff chances alive with a 26-14 win over Bluffton College Saturday in Salzman Stadium. Bluffton falls to 6-3 overall and will get back into Heartland Conference action next Saturday as the Beavers travel to Defiance College for a shot at tying for the 2000 HCAC title.
After a 7-7 first half, Thomas More scored two touchdowns in the third quarter to take a 19-7 lead. Early in the fourth quarter Bluffton's Jamie Stevens hauled in a 10-yard touchdown pass from Brad Moore to get BC back in the game at 19-14, but Thomas More put the game away with another touchdown with 1:41 left in the game.
Thomas More running back Will Castleberry, who came into the game as the nation's top-rated rusher with 173.2 yards per game, lived up to his billing as the senior rushed for 176 yards on 32 carries and scored on touchdown runs of 25 yards in the second quarter and 2 yards on TMC's final score. Saints quarterback Jesse Lowery added 82 yards on the ground, including a 48-yard TD run in the third quarter, and completed nine of 15 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown. Lowery hit Nick Yordy on a 15-yard TD pass in the first quarter for Thomas More's first score.
Bluffton quarterback Brad Moore led the Bluffton offense with 77 yards rushing and 138 passing. BC senior running back Tyson Goings, who entered the game ranked 6th in the country averaging 160.4 yards per game on the ground, was held to 68 yards on 21 carries. Goings scored on a 3-yard run in the first quarter.