WINFIELD — After showing progress the last two weeks, the Bethel College football team suffered a setback Saturday, falling to Southwestern 45-14 at Jantz Stadium in KCAC play in Winfield.

Southwestern improves to 6-2 overall, 5-2 in KCAC play, and preserves hope for a post-season berth.

Bethel drops to 2-5 overall and in KCAC play, snapping a two-game winning streak.

Tied 7-7 late in the first quarter, Southwestern scored 38 points without reply to take command of the game. The Moundbuilders led 31-7 at the half.

Austin Early hit 19 of 30 passes for 224 yards with three touchdowns. Carvontez Gates, Edrick Gonzales and Tanner Spencer each caught a touchdown pass.

Keyshawn West had 18 carries for 198 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Jaquils Coleman added a rushing touchdown.

Alfredo Botello hit one of three field goal attempts for Southwestern.

The Moundbuilders held a 605-286 advantage in total offense, 370-243 on the ground, one of the few games this season the Threshers have been outrushed.

Zach Esau had 19 carries for 83 yards rushing and hit four of nine passes for 43 yards. Camryn Harris had two carries for 67 yards and a touchdown. JaMond Sabree returned a fumble 79 yards for a Bethel score.

Bethel lost four fumbles to two for Southwestern.

Bethel hosts seventh-ranked (NAIA) Kansas Wesleyan at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Joe W. Goering Field. The Coyotes are 8-0 after a 76-38 win over McPherson.

Bethel;7;0;7;0;—14

S-western;14;17;14;0;—45

Scoring

1q. S Gonzales 12-yd. run (Botello kick) 9:49

1q. B Sabree 79-yd. fumble return (Francis kick) 4:02

1q. S Wyatt 16-yd. run (Botello kick) 1:54

2q. S Spencer 16-yd. pass from Early (Botello kick) n/a

2q. S Gates 8-yd. pass from Early (Botello kick) 3:19

2q. S Botello 24-yd. field goal :00

3q. S Wyatt 82-yd. run (Botello kick) 6:21

3q. S Coleman 9-yd. run (Botello kick) 3:03

3q. B Harrison 28-yd. run (Francis kick) :39

Team stats

;BC;SC

First downs;14;34

Rushing-yards;53-243;47-370

Passing yards;43;235

Comp-att-int;4-9-0;20-35-0

Punts-avg.;6-33.7;1-40.0

Fumbles-lost;5-4;2-2

Penalties-yards;7-48;7-50

Time of poss.;30:15;33:01

Individual stats

RUSHING — Bethel: Esau 19-83, Harrison 2-67, Street 3-40, Scurry 6-20, Starlin-Driver 7-20, Burnley 5-5, Rogers 2-4, Simon 1-4, Edwards 1-3, Isley 4-(-1), Jolivet 3-(-2). Southwestern: Wyatt 18-198, Brewer 6-47, Early 12-31, Gordon 3-31, Gates 2-25, Coleman 4-21, Torgerson 1-9, Ebanks 1-8.

PASSING — Bethel: Esau 4-9-0, 43 yards. Southwestern: Early 19-30-0, 224 yards; Gordon 1-5-0, 11 yards.

RECEIVING — Bethel: Galliart 2-28, Edwards 2-15. Southwestern: Gates 8-85, Gonzalez 5-41, Spencer 3-45, Ebanks 2-41, Jones 1-12, Dalehite 1-11.

Missed field goals — SC: Rogers 48 (WR); Botello 46 (WL), 31 (WR).