ST. LOUIS – Andrew Beytagh's 62-yard pick six gave the Maroons a shot of momentum in the second quarter, but host Washington-St. Louis controlled the second half to hand the University of Chicago football team a 28-12 nonconference loss Saturday.
With the Maroons trailing, 3-7, Beytagh picked off Bears' quarterback Ryan Arthur's pass at UChicago's 38-yard line and raced 62 yards for the score to give the visitors a three-point advantage after Mike Kurzydlowski's extra point.
But the Bears (1-1) would respond with rushing touchdown before the half to take a 14-10 lead heading into the locker room, and it was all Washington-St. Louis in the final 30 minutes, as the Bears held the Maroons' offense scoreless the rest of the way.
UChicago's special teams gave the Maroons a late highlight, breaking through the line on a Bears' punt with just over 5 minutes left in the fourth quarter. UChicago freshman Michael Martinson was credited with the block that resulted in a Bears' safety and resulted in the final score.
Beytagh's interception was just one turnover created by a solid Maroons' secondary that accounted for a whopping five interceptions by Bears' quarterbacks: two from Johnny Davidson and three from Ryan Arthur. Ryan Montgomery had two of those picks, while Beytagh, Zach Atiyeh, and Bill Rotnicki each had one apiece. Five was just one off the record of six for interceptions in a game, set by the 1987 Maroons in a game against Lawrence.
The Maroons' opened the game's scoring with a Kurzydlowski 38-yard field goal with just five seconds gone in the second quarter to take a brief 3-0 lead. The Bears would answer three minutes later, on an Arthur-to-Marcus Ramspott 11-yard touchdown pass to take a 7-3 lead before Beytagh's takeaway make it 10-7 UChicago.
Following a Maroon interception, a Davidson 1-yard scamper capped a Washington-St. Louis' four-play, 36-yard drive just before the half to give the host a 14-10 lead at the break.
The Bears added two more touchdowns – a 17-yard pass and Davidson short run – in the third and fourth quarters to complete their scoring.
Washington St. Louis outgained the Maroons 446 to 281 in total offense, including a 175 to 74 advantage on the ground. Davidson was the Bears' rushing leader with 90 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries, while UChicago's Chandler Carroll accounted for 69 yards on 25 carries.
Starting quarterback Campbell Garrett finished 23-for-42 in the air with 137 yards and two interceptions and backup Brian Collis was 6 of 12 for 70 yards for UChicago. Senior Jamie Rieger was the Maroons' leading receiver with nine catches for 68 yards and Sharad Crosby snagged six catches for 31 yards.
- Saturday, Sept. 23: UChicago at Illinois College, 6 p.m. CT