On paper, it does not seem possible. Fifteen fewer minutes of possession, 24 fewer plays, 140 fewer yards, but in the end, Knox was able to bring an end to their 19-game losing streak with a 35-33 win over Beloit. In truth, the game came down to turnovers and penalties. Knox picked off two passes and committed just three penalties, while Beloit committed nine penalties for over 100 yards and failed to force a turnover.
Freshman quarterback Luke Oosterbaan was outstanding. He only threw the ball 14 times, but three of them went for touchdowns, and he rarely made a bad read of the defense. Sophomore Derek Mortensen was also in prime form, carrying the ball 22 times for 123 yards, including multiple carries in the final minutes that sealed the game for the Prairie Fire.
Senior Jonas Mack made probably the biggest play of the game in the second quarter when he made a great read on a bubble screen and picked off the pass for a touchdown to give Knox a lead that it would not relinquish.
Oosterbaan continues to improve in his first season under center for the Prairie Fire. He was not asked to do much today, but he led the offense efficiently when they had the ball. Three touchdowns and no interceptions is a performance pretty hard to argue with.
It’s over, it’s finally over. Knox fans had been waiting for a victory since the Prairie Fire took out Grinnell 31-21 in 2010. Today, the team finally put all the pieces together to get a win. For over a year we have repeatedly heard about how “this is a winnable game” and “they should have won.” Well, this was a winnable game, and Knox put together a second half to close the deal.