If there is one word that describes the Buena Vista University football team's 67-21 win over Waldorf College here Saturday afternoon at J. Leslie Rollins Stadium, it would be dominance.
The Beavers scored three touchdowns in each of the first two quarters and held a 42-0 lead at the half.
BVU coach Steve Osterberger pulled his starters at the end of the first half but the Beavers still were productive in the last two quarters, scoring 14 points in the third quarter and adding 13 in the fourth and cruising to the victory.
"I thought it was a dominating performance on both sides of the ball by us," said Osterberger. "We took care of the football and did some of the fundamental things well that we wanted to get back to."
Most importantly, the coach said, he was able to give his second and third teamers some significant playing time.
"That always helps from a depth standpoint," he said. "You never know when you are going to get hit by injuries, and it helps to have guys with some playing experience to step up."
With the non-conference win, the Beavers improved to 5-1 overall.
But for Osterberger and BVU, it's back to the Iowa Conference wars Saturday when they host tough Simpson College. The Storm are coming off an impressive 36-7 win over Loras College Saturday.
"Simpson is a talented football team, and they are getting better with each week," Osterberger said. "Saturday is going to be a great Iowa Conference football game."
Meanwhile, the other big news in the Waldorf game was BVU junior wide-out Jesse Schmidt breaking the Buena Vista career mark for touchdown receptions. Schmidt caught a 28- yard scoring pass from quarterback Craig Novacek with 5 minutes, 56 seconds left in the first quarter to tie the record of 20 career touchdown receptions set by John Peterson in the early 1960s.
In the second quarter, Novacek and Schmidt hooked up again on a down-and-out rout. Novacek lofted the ball toward the right corner of the end zone and Schmidt made a leaping grab and managed to stay in bounds for his 21st career T.D. reception to break Peterson's mark.
BVU opened the game's scoring early in the first quarter on a 14-yard run by running back Chad Pearson. That capped a three-play, 47-yard drive that took just 2:16 off the clock.
The Beavers went up 14-0 five minutes later, this time on another 14-yard run by Pearson.
With 5:56 left in the first frame, Novacek and Schmidt hooked up for a 28-yard scoring pass for a 21-0 BVU lead after one quarter.
The Beavers added three more touchdowns in the second quarter. Schmidt made his tough, 18-yard scoring catch from Novacek with 12:56 left in the first half and running back T.J. Miller scored on a one-yard plunge with 11:25 left. That capped a four-play, 28-yard drive set up by a fourth-down Waldorf pass that fell incomplete.
With 3:05 left in the half, Dustin Crook's three-yard scoring run capped an eight-play, 49-yard drive that with Ryan Hutton's PAT kick, gave the Beavers a 42-0 lead at the half.
Waldorf finally got on the board early in the third quarter on a two-yard run by Ken Scheff that capped a four-play, 52-yard drive.
But the Beavers came back with two more scores in the third quarter. Pearson scored on a 61-yard run on BVU's next possession and Laurens freshman Devin Stewart caught a 24-yard pass from BVU's reserve quarterback, Chris Hawkins, with 5:23 left in the third.
Waldorf's Michael Lewis scored on a one-yard run late in the third frame to make 54-14 going into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth frame, BVU's Miller scored on a 20-yard run to cap a six-play, 48-yard drive. BVU's Eric Amdor scored on a five-yard run with 9:24 remaining in the contest for the Beavers' last score. That capped a four-play, 39-yard drive.
Waldorf completed the game's final margin on a one-yard run by Lewis with 4:27 remaining.
The Beavers outrushed Waldorf 362-138 but were outpassed 150-98. The Beavers played turnover-free football, an objective Osterberger wanted to accomplish.
Individually for BVU, Pearson had the best day of his career, rushing for 177 yards on just 17 carries, an average of 10.1 yards per carry. He scored three rushing touchdowns.
Miller finished with 96 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns, averaging just under four and a half yards per carry.
Novacek, in just one half of action, threw the two touchdown passes to Schmidt, completing all three passes he attempted for 60-yards. Hawkins completed two of three passes for 38 yards and one touchdown.
In receiving, Schmidt caught just his two touchdown catches for 46 yards.
Once again, BVU's senior All-American Michael Irvin had a big day defensively. He racked up five solo tackles and four assists for nine total tackles and added one quarterback sack.
Brant Goodchild added five solo tackles and two assists for seven total while Ben Richter finished with six total tackles and Mark McDonough with five.