Wartburg College quarterback Reed Hoskins threw for 316 yards and three touchdowns as the Knights defeated the Buena Vista University football team 38-14 at Walston-Hoover Stadium here Saturday.
It was the first Iowa Conference loss of the year for Buena Vista.
Wartburg scored two touchdowns in each of the first two quarters to race out to a 27-0 halftime advantage.
Buena Vista scored two touchdowns in the third quarter to crawl back within 27-14.
The Knights would not allow the Beavers to get any closer however, as they scored a touchdown and a field goal on their first two possessions of the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
Wartburg outgained Buena Vista 478 to 182 yards of total offense. It is the second time in the last three weeks that the Beavers have been held under 200 yards of total offense. The Knights also held a 23 to 10 advantage in first downs.
Chad Pearson led the Buena Vista rushing attack with 64 yards on 17 carries. He scored a touchdown on a 31 yard scamper to get the Beavers on the scoreboard midway through the third quarter.
Chris Hawkins was 10-24 through the air for 120 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.
Devin Stewart caught four passes for 57 yards and Bryan Diediker hauled in a 21 yard touchdown pass. All-conference wide receiver Jesse Schmidt was limited to one catch for 4 yards.
Saturday's game was the first road test for the sophomore-dominated Beavers.
"We have a lot of new faces and for many of them, it was their first varsity game on the road," said BVU coach Steve Osterberger Monday afternoon.
"Overall, we were very inconsistent on both side of the ball, and it was probably the worst football game we've played all season."
The Beavers did not pick up a first down in the game until they were down 14-0 late in the first quarter. The squad picked up only two first downs in the entire first half, and one was on a Wartburg defensive penalty.
"I thought we came back and played very well in the third quarter, but we've got to play all four quarters," he added.
The BVU coach said Wartburg didn't surprise or overpower the Beavers. It was simply a matter of too many BVU mistakes, he said.
"They didn't do anything that we hadn't prepared for or already seen on film," he said. "We had some penalties that really cost us."
Osterberger added that the Beavers had a long running play in the first half that gave them a first down on the two-yard line. But a penalty called the play back.
"That was a key penalty for us," Osterberger said. "If we score on that possession, we probably have an early 7-0 lead and it could have been a different game," Osterberger said.Wartburg's Pete Osterberger rushed for a game-high 79 yards. Kyle Duchman caught nine passes for 130 yards and a touchdown.
Buena Vista falls to 2-2 on the season with the loss, 2-1 in the IIAC. Wartburg is now 3-2 on the year and 2-1 in the conference.
The Beavers are at home Saturday to host Coe College for homecoming. The Kohawks are the only undefeated team in the Iowa Conference.
"It was our first loss in the conference, and it's still very early in the conference season," Osterberger said. "You look at other conference teams and Wartburg, Luther and Central all have one loss. We looked at film of the Wartburg game (Monday) and put it past us," he added. "We just have to regroup, have a good week of practice and hopefully, we'll put four good quarters together and be more consistent next Saturday against Coe."
BV linebacker Tyler Horkey was injured in the first quarter, Osterberer said.