BELOIT, Wis. – The University of Chicago football offensive juggernaut stormed to another victory alongside an air-tight defense as the Maroons demolished Beloit College 63-0 on the road Saturday afternoon.
UChicago improved to 4-3 overall and 2-1 in the Midwest Conference North Division. The Bucs fell to 1-6 (0-3 MWC North).
There was a plethora of significant numbers reached and records broken by the Maroons.
The 63 points were the most UChicago had scored in a game since the modern era began in 1969, eclipsing the previous mark of 61 set against Carnegie Mellon University in 2010. The Maroons have only scored this many points on seven occasions in the entire history of the program, with the most recent outburst coming in 1919. The offense has now scored 49 or more points in four of its last five games. Previously, no Maroon team had done so four times in a single season.
A smothering UChicago defense held up its end for its third shutout of the season – another modern-era record. The Maroons last blanked three opponents during the 1934 campaign.
Although the passing game has shone lately, UChicago opted to rumble forward on the ground, racking up 458 yards on 64 carries while only throwing the ball nine times for 46 yards. UChicago spread the workload around as five different backs tallied at least eight carries. First-year running back Nicholas D'Ambrose led his teammates with 180 yards and three touchdowns from his 13 rushes, while sophomore Vittorio Tricase carried 15 times for 84 yards and two scores. Sophomore Mike Martinson was similarly efficient with eight carries for 64 yards and a touchdown. Senior Henry Imburgia tallied one touchdown and 49 yards.
The 458 net rushing yards (7.2 yards per carry) were the team's most since 2007 versus Eureka College (467 yards). UChicago previously ran for 433 yards versus Beloit in their 2017 matchup.
The Maroon defense held Beloit to just 102 total yards of offense and conceded only six first downs. Eleven of the Buccaneers' 15 drives were three-and-outs, including eight of the hosts' first nine possessions. Heavy pressure led to 10 tackles for loss, with senior Mike McGinley and sophomore Jackson Ross snagging two apiece on the defensive line. All told, Beloit only converted 1 of 15 chances on third down (7 percent).
The 102 yards allowed (1.9 yards per play) were the least the Maroons have allowed since limiting Hiram College to 103 total yards in October 2012.
UChicago opened the scoring on its third drive, which began with a short field midway through the first quarter. D'Ambrose sprung a 28-yard rush on third-and-2, then finished things off on the next play with a six-yard score.
The Maroons then mounted an eight-play, 80-yard drive that Tricase concluded with a seven-yard rushing touchdown. Beloit moved the chains for the first time on the ensuing possession only to watch junior linebacker Zach Atiyeh grab an interception and return it 27 yards to put UChicago ahead 21-0.
A D'Ambrose rush of 34 yards kept the next Maroon drive moving and he scored from close range again, before Tricase raced in from 21 yards on the following possession. The pair combined their efforts on the third UChicago possession of the second quarter, with D'Ambrose galloping 43 yards down to the Beloit six-yard-line and Tricase punching the ball over with a set of three two-yard carries.
First-year linebacker Josh Godosky blocked a punt to set up the Maroons for another score before the half, but the Maroons took a knee and retired to the locker room with a 42-0 lead.
The highlight of the second half came not long after the break, as senior safety Jeremy Vincent took a punt return 52 yards to the house.
Senior running back Henry Imburgia marched the Maroons down the field late in the third quarter, with Imburgia scoring as the fourth quarter began from six yards out.
The final scoring drive saw Martinson run seven consecutive times for 62 yards and a touchdown to cap it off.
Beloit had its best chance to get on the scoreboard in the final minute of the fourth quarter, but three red-zone incompletions brought a fourth-and-goal from the two-yard-line. The Maroons stuffed the Buccaneer ball carrier for a loss, however, to preserve the shutout.
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