Vance Schuring rushed for 103 yards and two touchdowns as 16th ranked Central College defeated Buena Vista University 24-3 here Saturday at J. Leslie Rollins Stadium.
It was the Iowa Conference opener for both teams.
Central held a total yardage advantage of 384-159 over Buena Vista on a day in which there was a 20 mile an hour south wind blowing through J. Leslie Rollins Stadium. The Dutch picked up 258 yards in the first half alone.
Schuring, who did not play last week due to an injury, scored on a 17-yard run around the right side midway through the first quarter to put Central in front.
That capped a 9-play, 80-yard scoring drive for the Dutch. During the drive, Central quarterback Tim Connell completed passes of 11 yards and 19 yards.
"We missed a few tackles on defense in the first half, and had a few other mistakes," BVU coach Jay Anderson said.
"In the second half, I thought were solid in that side of the ball."
Following Central's touchdown, Buena Vista responded with its best drive of the game. The Beavers marched 51 yards on 15 plays, but their drive stalled at the 19 yard line of the Dutch. Chris Kemmerer nailed a 37 yard field goal to pull Buena Vista within four points.
Central answered right back with another Schuring touchdown run, this one from 5 yards out. The extra point by Brandon O'Neall gave Central a 14-3 advantage.
The Dutch added another score late in the second quarter when Tim Connell connected with Josh Smith for a 42 yard touchdown strike. The score gave the defending conference co-champions a 21-3 lead going into halftime.
O'Neall chipped in a 19 yard field goal midway through the third quarter to account for the final points scored on the afternoon.
Michael Sly intercepted two passes to lead the Buena Vista defensive effort. Cody Pierce registered 14 tackles and Wade Hammen had 10.
Buena Vista's quarterback Chris Hawkins struggled on the windy day as he was 9-30 through the air for 84 yards. He also threw two interceptions.
"Offensively, our skilled people didn't play as well as they can," Anderson said. "We didn't have much flow offensively; for instance I think we had five or six false starts. We just had too many mental mistakes on offense."
Randy Kaufmann had a team-high four catches for 40 yards for the Beavers. Chris Rowedder picked up 32 yards on the ground.
The Beavers rushed for 75 yards on 30 attempts, with Chris Rowedder running nine times for 32 yards.
"We made some improvement there, but still need to get better running the ball," Anderson. said. "I thought our offensive line's overall play was much improved from our first game."
Connell, the reigning conference player of the week, threw for 249 yards. His favorite target was Cody Huisman, who hauled in seven passes for 125 yards.
"You also have to give Central credit," Anderson said. "They are a strong team and consistent; they don't make many mistakes."
Nick Mulder racked up half of Central's four quarterback sacks.
Brett Doud and Ben Bollard each had an interception for the Dutch.
Buena Vista is now 0-2 on the year while Central is a 3-0. Next week, the Beavers will travel to Coe College.
"We have a lot of little things we need to work on to get better," Anderson said. "We'll regroup in practice Monday and get ready for Coe."
Notes - Schuring ran 30 times for 103 yards, as the
Dutch rushed for 117 yards. Central's Connell completed 16 of of 26 passses for 249 with two interceptions. BVU passed for just 84 net yards.