The Bethel College defense made a strong showing against Ottawa University, but spotty offense and special teams play allowed the Braves to claim a 10-0 win Saturday night in KCAC play on Fall Fest.
Bethel was held to 176 yards total offense, 45 in the second half. Ottawa scored off a long kickoff return and bad snap for the Thresher punt team.
“We’ve got to fix all of that,” Bethel coach Morris Lolar said. “The talent’s here. They just have to believe. I hate to say it, but that’s the way the kids around here think. They’re happy with ‘we played them tough.’ That’s not the way I coach or do things. We have to win these games. The talent’s here. We have to grow up.”
For Bethel, Matt Jones hit 11 of 22 passes for 105 yards. Jaylen Sykes had 14 carries for 59 yards. Montero DuBose had four reception for 55 yards.
For Ottawa, Dayton Walter hit eight of 19 passes for 66 yards with two interceptions and a touchdown. Ethan Paul-Davis had 15 carries for 66 yards. Maurico Uribe had three catches for 31 yards.
Ottawa used a 55-yard Will Stewart kickoff return to set up a 22-yard Kyle Wokutch field goal. Bethel made a long drive, but a sack killed the drive and the Threshers gave up the ball on downs at the OU 30.
Neither team did much on offense the rest of the first half. Bethel did pick off two passes without committing a turnover.
Bethel finished the first half with a 131-98 advantage in total offense.
Bethel made a long drive to start the second half that ended on a fumble at the Ottawa 13.
The two teams traded turnovers and punts for the rest of the third quarter. A bad punt snap early in the fourth quarter gave Ottawa the ball at the Bethel 10. Three plays later, Walter hit Maurico Uriebe for an eight-yard touchdown pass with 12:06 remaining.
Bethel was unable to mount any threats in the remaining time.
Bethel is 2-2, 2-1 in KCAC play, and plays Saint Mary at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Leavenworth. The Spires downed Bethany 34-33.
“That will be a good challenge for us,” Lolar said. “But we have a lot of things to fix. Offense, defense and special teams. We’ll get it there. The season’s not lost. We’re on the cusp of it.”
1q. O Wokuch 22-yd. field goal 10:57
4q. O Uriebe 8-yd. pass from Walter (Wokuch kick) 12:06
Time of poss.;31:37;29:20
RUSHING — Ottawa: Paul-Davis 15-66, Beuhler 13-48, Byers 9-36, Uribe 1-1, Walter 4-(-5). Bethel: Sykes 14-59, Smith 7-21, Simon 5-18, Purvin 2-11, Davidson 1-(-1), Mathis 1-(-30), Jones 10-(-31).
PASSING — Ottawa: Walter 8-19-2, 66 yards. Bethel: .
RECEIVING — Ottawa: Uribe 3-31, Polk II 3-24, Staats 1-9, Paul-Davis 1-2. Bethel: DuBose 4-55, Jolivet 3-37, Jackson 6-26, Smith 1-11.
Missed field goals — none.