Conference leader shows off versatile offense and snuffs BVU running game
Coe College showed off its offensive explosiveness here Saturday at J. Leslie Rollins Stadium, beating the Buena University football team 45-15 in the Beavers' homecoming game.
The Kohawks piled up 541 yards of total offense on 75 plays, an average of just over seven yards per play.
"We can't take anything away from Coe," said BVU coach Steve Osterberger. "They have a very good team on both sides of the ball, and are explosive on offense.
"But we didn't find the consistency that we were looking for. We were sloppy in our execution at times and we had too many penalties. It wasn't one of our better games."
With the loss, the Beavers dropped to 2-2 in Iowa Conference play and to 2-3 overall. Next week, they play at Forest City against Waldorf College.
"We have to regroup and work on some things," added Osterberger. "We'll do that in practice, and hope we play well the second half of the season."
Saturday, Osterberger was pleased with the way his team played in the first half, particularly defensively.
BVU held the Kohawks scoreless in the first quarter and Coe scored just ten points through most of the second frame but added another touchdown with 20 seconds left in the first half to take a 17-7 lead at the break.
"I thought we played very well defensively in the first two quarters," Osterberger said. "We felt pretty good at halftime, but their touchdown late in the second quarter was pretty big."
Just as important was time of possession. Coe had a ten-minute time advantage in the first half.
The Kowhawks showed outstanding balance between a solid rushing game and an effective passing game.
They opened the game's scoring two and a half minutes into the second quarter when junior quarterback Andy TeKippe hit running back Neil Suckow on a 41-yard scoring pass. That capped a nine-play, 91-yard drive that consumed 4 minutes, 38 seconds off the clock.
After BVU went three and out, Coe marched from its own 33 to the Beaver 15, but TeKippe threw an incomplete pass on a third and nine situation from that point and on fourth down, kicker Mark Herzberger kicked a 32-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead with 7:40 left in the opening half.
BVU took over at its own 34 after a Coe kickoff. On first down from that point, BVU quarterback Chris Hawkins connected with wideout Jesse Schmidt on a 66-yard scoring pass.
Schmidt sped past Coe's defensive backfield and Hawkins hit him in stride, with Schmidt outracing a defender into the end zone. With Chris Kemmerer's extra-point, BVU trailed just 10-7 with 7:22 left in the first half.
After an exchange of possessions, Coe took over at its own 24 with 4:35 remaining. Utilizing a short passing game and a gain of 17 yards by fullback Ashton Northern, the Kohawks mounted an 11-play, 76-yard scoring drive capped off by TeKippe's seven-yard scoring pass to Brandon King.
King's TD catch came with just 20 seconds left in the first half, as Coe took some momentum and breathing room into the lockeroom at the half.
BVU punted on the second half's opening possession, with Coe taking over near midfield.
On a third and eight from the 50, TeKippe hit Northern on a 49-yard pass to the Beaver one. Suckow dove in from that point with 12:14 left in the third quarter.
"Our defense was on the field for a long time in the first half," added Osterberger. "They had some nice drives and we scored quickly on both of our touchdowns."
The game's turning point was obvious, and it came midway through the third quarter.
BVU took possession at its own 23 after a Coe kickoff. The offense started to click, as it marched to the Kohawk five-yard line. On a third and goal from the five, Coe's Jeremy Squires picked off a Hawkins pass and ran it back 93 yards to the BVU seven. Three plays later, Suckow ran in from a yard out.
It was a 14-point turnaround.
"That was tough for us," added Osterberger. "Our kids felt pretty bad about that."
Coe cruised the rest of the way, adding two more touchdowns in the third quarter.
The Kohawks started at their own 45 with five minutes left in the third quarter. After a 22-yard run by Suckow, TeKippe connected with wideout Jon Rife for a 33-yard scoring pass.
BVU struck back quickly. On a second and seven from midfield, Hawkins hooked up with Schmidt again on a 50-yard scoring pass. But with 1:41 left in the third quarter, BVU still trailed by three scores, 38-14.
Coe added the game's last touchdown with 1:31 left in the third frame.
Suckow returned the BVU kick 51-yards to the BVU 42. On a second and seven from the Beaver 29, TeKippe hit Northern on a 29-yard scoring pass. Herzberger's PAT kick capped the day's scoring.
The Beavers were held to just 57 yards rushing by Coe's veteran defense. Leading rusher Chad Pearson gained 38 yards on 14 carries. Hawkins connected on 16 of 31 passes for 288 yards, two T.D's and one interception.
Northern rushed for 94 yards, as Coe rushed for 200 yards total on 46 attempts. Suckow was held to 20 yards on nine carries, but caught eight passes for 157 yards. TeKippe was 19 of 26 for 319 yards. BVU was penalized seven times for 61 yards.