VENTURA -- The defense was there all night for Bakersfield College.
The Renegades throttled previously unbeaten Ventura and rolled to a 48-8 win at Ventura College in the Beach Bowl Saturday night.
This was a Southern California community college semifinal playoff game. The Renegades (9-2) advance to Saturday's SoCal title game against five-time defending SoCal champion Mount San Antonio, which used a 44-yard TD pass with 31 seconds left to rally past Saddleback 12-7 in the other semifinal.
BC's two losses this season are against Ventura in National Northern Conference play and Mount SAC in a non-conference game. Saturday was BC's seventh straight win.
"Everyone came out here fired up and we played well in all aspects of the game," said defensive lineman Clinton Carter, who had a huge role in the BC defensive effort.
The Renegades recovered four fumbles and had an interception while limiting the Pirates (10-1) to 106 rushing yards and 133 passing yards.
Carter caused and recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter. He caused a fumble that BC recovered at its own 20 in the second quarter when Ventura was driving and only trailing 7-6. Later, he caused a fumble on the BC 22 that was recovered by teammate Joey Stuart to end a Ventura drive when the Pirates were trying to cut into BC's 21-6 lead.
"We'll play defense. No matter where we're at, we'll play defense," BC coach Jeff Chudy said. "As far as I was concerned, our defense had a shutout. They got two field goals because of a kick return and a poor punt, and two points on a PAT return."
The BC offense, particularly the