DUBUQUE - They already knew they had a stingy run defense. What Buena Vista didn't know was that Eric Jamison could throw the football, and throw it deep.
Buena Vista's defense held Loras to minus 10 yards rushing and Jamison threw for 241 yards and three touchdown passes on Saturday as Buena Vista routed Loras 37-15 in an Iowa Conference game at the Rock Bowl in Dubuque.
The Duhawks had 31 rushing attempts, but only minus 10 yards in part to Chad Kelley. The former Storm Lake prep had four tackles for loss totaling 23 yards. Kurt Boustead added two tackles for loss. Boustead finished the game with 12 tackles.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the ball, Buena Vista elected to start the sophomore Jamison, and was it ever a wise decision.
Jamison helped ignite the Beavers' passing game to its best performance of the season, completing 12 of 20 passes for 241 yards.
He threw a 56-yard TD pass to Josh Wiig to open the scoring and made it 7-0. After a Carlos Martinez 40-yard field goal, Jamison and Wiig hooked up for a 66-yard scoring strike to make it a 17-0 game.
Loras pulled within 17-7 on an 87-yard TD pass from Adam Hamil to Steve Ruden.
Buena Vista, however, reeled off 20 unanswered points. Martinez kicked a 46-yard field, Wiig caught a 9-yard pass from Jamison, Martinez booted a 28-yard field goal, and Craig Rowedder scored on a 5-yard run to take a 37-7 lead with 6:37 left to play in the game.
Loras scored a minute later to make it 37-15.
Martinez extended his conference record for field goals made in a season to 17.
Buena Vista's running game was held to 109 yards. Jared Smith rushed for 75 yards on 23 carries and Rowedder had 45 yards on 14 carries. Wiig caught five passes for 164 yards and three touchdowns.
Andy Hodges had seven tackles and Kelley and Eric Schade four apiece.
Buena Vista, now 5-3 overall, plays at Coe College this Saturday.