BELOIT - It doesn't seem so long ago when an offense would feel pretty good about a 26-point output on a Saturday afternoon.
Not in today's Midwest Conference when the top teams can put up outstanding fantasy league numbers every week.
Beloit College's Buccaneers piled up 392 yards of offense Saturday, but all they had to show for it was a 42-26 loss to visiting Macalester College in their MWC North opener at Strong Stadium.
"We carried out our offensive game plan very well," Beloit head coach Seth Duerr said. "We were able to utilize Joey (Werner) and Juan (Reyes) and they did a tremendous job. Our offensive line made some solid strides and we had a number of guys step up in the passing game. I think (quarterback) Erick Mitchell settled in and played a very good football game after a few mistakes. There was plenty to be optimistic about."
Mitchell ended up completing 21-of-36 passes for 212 yards and four touchdowns. But he was also intercepted three times. One was a Hail Mary picked off near the goal line at the end of the first half, but earlier in the second quarter Macalester's Dane Ku Blake rushed in to tap a pass by Mitchell, grabbed it out of the air and waltzed into the end zone for a score to put his team up 21-7.
"I did throw the picks that didn't help us," Mitchell said. "But we had a lot of yards and some big plays. I feel like we might have one of the best receiving corps in the conference with TK (Tyler Korous), who's a great route runner, Kentreyal Carraway, who's a big, athletic receiver and Ethan Conley and Juan (Reyes).
"Our running game looked pretty good, too. Joey ran hard and Juan is really talented."
Both teams missed field goals before a 14-yard TD run by Jeremy Stephan put Macalester up 7-0 near the end of the first quarter.
Senior running back Werner, collecting 43 yards on six carries, sparked a Beloit drive into the red zone and Mitchell hit Korous with an 11-yard TD strike. Andy Berlin's PAT tied the game.
The Scots answered on their next drive with a 29-yard TD pass from Cody Petrich to Alec Beatty and Blake's pick for a score made it 21-7.
"On defense we had a real good plan to stop their passing game, but we still had lapses where we gave up the big play," Duerr said. "We have to find a way to stop the run. We're just not physical enough up front to get the job done consistently.
"I was proud of our kids' effort. That was a real good football team we played. We just have to find a way to convert at the real critical times."
The teams then traded interceptions, with Kyle Brown's pick giving the Bucs the ball at the Scots 32. Mitchell pulled Beloit within 21-13 when he found Carraway with a 20-yard TD pass. Berlin's PAT try was blocked.
Macalester drove 70 yards on its opening drive of the second half to push its lead to 28-13.
The Bucs weren't done with Mitchell hitting Carraway with a 3-yard TD strike to cut the deficit to 28-20.
The defense couldn't keep the Scots in check as Macalester used a 12-play, 68-yard drive to go up 35-20 with 11:25 remaining. Grady Munro ended up throwing one more TD pass.
Beloit's offense tacked on a final score as Mitchell hit Reyes with a 8-yard strike.
Werner finished with 111 yards on 23 carries. Korous had 12 catches for 128 yards and Carraway caught three passes for 30 yards and two scores.
Macalester had 409 yards in offense.
• UP NEXT: The Bucs are at Ripon College Saturday (1 p.m.).
• THE BOXSCORE: Macalester 42, Beloit College 26.
Macalester College....7 14 7 14 - 42
Beloit College......,,,,,..0 13 7 6 - 26
MC - Stephan, 14, run (Chaussee kick)
BC - Korous, 11, pass from Mitchell (Berlin kick)
MC - Beatty, 29, pass from Petrich (Chaussee kick)
MC - Blake, 25, interception return (Chaussee kick)
BC - Carraway, 20, pass from Mitchell (kick failed)
MC - Stephan, 11, run (Chaussee kick
BC - Carraway, 3, pass from Mitchell (Berlin kick)
MC - Rapoor, 9, pass from Munro (Chaussee kick)
MC - Beatty, 51, pass from Munro (Chaussee kick)
BC - Reyes, 8, pass from Mitchell (pass failed)
TEAM STATS: First downs - MC 21, BC 27. Rushing - MC 27-134, BC 43-180. Passing - MC 276, BC 212. Total yardage - MC 410, BC 392. Passes - MC 25-32-3, BC 21-36-3. Fumbles - MC 0-0, BC 2-0. Punts - MC 1-63.0, BC 3-35.3. Penalties - MC 4-56, BC 1-13.
INDIVIDUAL STATS: MC, Stephan 15-84, Rapoor 6-26, Petrich 2-20. BC, Werner 23-111, Reyes 11-46, Mitchell 8-26. Passing - MC, Petrich 13-18-2, 137; Munro 12-14-1, 139. BC, Mitchell 21-36-3, 212. Receiving - MC, Knee 9-65, beatty 7-139, Streibach 4-35, Rapoor 2-15. BC, Korous 12-128, Carraway 3-30, Conley 2-29. Reyes 2-11.