Trailing 32-28 with under a minute left, Buena Vista marched 80 yards down the field and got a four-yard touchdown run by quarterback Bobby Brown as time expired to send the Beavers to a thrilling 34-32 victory over Simpson College and give the team its first win over the Storm in Indianola since 1987.
After seeing Simpson overcome a 28-17 fourth quarter deficit to regain the lead at 32-28 with under a minute to play, the Beavers took over with the ensuing kick-off at their own 20-yard line with only 41 seconds left.
Brown's first pass attempt fell incomplete along the sideline, but he then connected with sophomore Jalen Henningsen for a 21-yard gain out to the Beaver 41-yardline. After a spike of the ball on first down, Brown, who completed 21-of-37 attempts on the day, picked up back-to-back completions of six yards to Ben Seitz and 16 to Gunner Gilland with 13 seconds left.
Brown and Henningsen hooked up on yet another big completetion, this one for 33 more yards down to the Storm four yard line with only five seconds left.
Coming out of a timeout, Brown's pass fell incomplete on first down, but one second remained on the clock, giving the Beavers one last attempt. BVU called its final timeout and then Brown scrambled to the left side of the field and avoided the blitz as time expired, and found the end-zone, sending the BVU sideline racing into a frenzy onto the field.
Brown, who surpassed 2,00 yards passing on the year earlier in the game, finished with a career-high 377 yards through the air and three touchdowns, but it was his second rushing touchdown of the year that proved to be the difference in the end. His 377 yards are the most in a single game for BVU since Eric Wiebers threw for 431 against Dubuque back on November 9, 2002.
Henningsen, who came in with 12 catches and 231 yards and three touchdowns over the last two games, turned in yet another electrifying game on the receiving end by hauling in seven catches for 193 yards and a pair of scores, including a season-long of 78 yards to put BVU in front for the first time on the day late in the third quarter.
Simpson scored the game's first points on a 40-yard touchdown run with 6:41 left in the opening quarter before the Beavers responded on the ensuing drive with a 44-yard touchdown pass from Brown to Gilland.
The Storm then went in front 14-7 just more than a minute into the second quarter on a nine-yard touchdown pass before BVU had yet another response when Brown and Henningsen hooked up from 26 yards out with 6:22 left in the half.
A 28-yard field goal by Simpson with 15 seconds left made it a 17-14 contest at the half.
Henningsen's long touchdown pass with 2:34 left in the third was the first scoring of the second half by either team and put BVU in front for the first time at 21-17.
The Beaver defense came up with a stop on the ensuing drive and gave the offense the ball back at its own 20. Junior Dylan Barrett, seeing his first action since the Central game three weeks ago, capped a 12-play, 80-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown run with 9:56 to play and giving the Beavers an 11-point advantage. Barrett finished with 73 yards on 17 carries for the day, including the one score.
Simpson, who rallied late last week with a late touchdown pass to edge Dubuque, was in no panic mode, needing only 1:17 to find the end-zone and convert a two-point conversion to get back within three at 28-25.
After the two defense then held on the next two drives, including a key interception by Ryan Anderson at the BVU eight yard-line, Simpson got the ball back and was facing a pivotal 4th-and-10 with just over a minute to play. The Storm (6-3, 4-2 IIAC) picked up the big first down at the BVU 19-yardline before a touchdown pass one play later made it a 32-28 Simpson lead.
Brown and the Beavers then took over and marchded down for the game-winning drive.
With his 21 completions on the day, Brown now has 147 on the year, moving him into third-place on the team's single-season list. He also bumped his touchdown total to 16
The win moves Buena Vista to 3-6 overall (3-3 IIAC), and the team will now look to close out the year with four straight wins when it plays host to Dubuque next Saturday with kick-off inside of J. Leslie Rollins Stadium scheduled for 12:00pm.