Swedes struggle in 24-0 loss to SW

By Steve Sell
October 18, 2015

WINFIELD — This was supposed to be the week the Bethany College Swedes got well.

Instead, their perplexing and head-scratching football season perhaps reached its low point with a 24-0 loss at the hands of Southwestern on Saturday in a matchup of one-win teams going into the game.

The Swedes are now in ninth place in the KCAC at 1-4 and are 1-6 overall as they return home to play nationally ranked Kansas Wesleyan on Saturday.

Bethany was thought by many to be a sleeper team in the KCAC race this season after the way it finished last year as it had so many key players back from a 7-4 team.

But the Swedes’ offense on this day was dormant, producing just 191 yards despite being loaded with quality skill-position players. Quarterbacks Bo Savage and Virgil Bridges were just a combined 7 of 28 through the air while the running game, without the injured Tevis Linnebur, added just 134 yards.

Southwestern led 21-0 at the half and neither team set the second half on fire, with a Builders field goal the only scoring. The Bethany defense gave up 319 yards on a whopping 77 plays.