Football Uses Fast Start in 37-14 Win over Luther
Buena Vista built a 21-0 first quarter lead and never looked back on Saturday afternoon at Luther College en route to a commanding 37-14 Iowa Conference road victory over the Norse.
The Beavers wasted little time getting on the board, getting a two-yard plunge from Cole less than three minutes into the contest for a 7-0 lead. The score was set up by Christian Cottingham's nice 31-yard kickoff return and a 35-yard reception on 2nd-and-7 from Brown to Jalen Henningsen.
Brown and Henningsen later connected with Henningsen with 6:01 left in the opening quarter for a nine-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-0. It was Brown's 12th touchdown pass of the year, setting a new career-high.
Henningsen, who chalked up 115 yards on six catches last week in the win against Loras, finished Saturday's contest with the Norse by hauling in a game-high six catches for 116 yards and the one score.
It was the defense getting in on the scoring late in the quarter, as senior Brady Randall recorded a sack, forcing a fumble, and then scooped it up and scampered 22 yards into the endzone for a three touchdown lead.
Freshman Tyler Stolen, the reigning IIAC Special Teams Performer of the Week, converted field goals of 22 and 28 yards early in the second quarter to push the margin to 27-0 before junior Adam Cave hauled in a five-yard touchdown for his only catch of the day to make it 34-0 with 4:34 left before halftime.
Stolen kicked his third field goal of the game - this one from 29 yards out- early in the third quarter for a 37-0 advantage. He now has 10 field goals on the year which is the highest single-season total for BVU since 2006. He moves within seven of Carlos Martinez's single-season school record of 17 set back in 2000.
Luther, which ran for 238 yards on the day, avoided the shutout by scoring a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns.
Buena Vista improves to 2-6 overall (2-3 IIAC) and will be on the road again next Saturday for a tough Iowa Conference test against Simpson College (6-2, 4-1 IIAC) beginning at 1:00pm.