Another overtime, another loss for BVU
Waldorf College kicker Aaron Kurowski made a 37-yard field goal in overtime to lift the Warriors over Buena Vista University 20-17 in a non-conference football game Saturday in Storm Lake.
It was the season finale for both teams, as the Beavers finished 4-6 and Waldorf 2-8.
Buena Vista had the ball first in the extra frame. On second down, Beaver wide receiver Steven Maguire lost his second fumble of the day when he was hit by Waldorf's Roy Banks.
Waldorf ran three conservative running plays on its possession to set up Kurowski for the game-winning kick.
"They had some big kids up front on defense, and we weren't able to establish the run," BVU coach Jay Anderson said.
Waldorf, which had a 10-0 lead in the third quarter, needed a 93-yard touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter simply to force overtime.
"I thought overall, we played well defensively," Anderson said. "But us giving up a 90-yard touchdown drive in the last two minutes was disappointing."
The Warriors had not completed a pass the entire afternoon when they took over with 2 minutes, 17 second remaining in the fourth quarter at their own 7 yard line.
Josh Palmer, who had started the game on the bench, completed five passes for 92 yards on the game-tying drive. He eluded a strong pass rush and found Jake Bohnet for a 19-yard touchdown pass with less than a minute left in the fourth quarter.
Buena Vista scored its two touchdowns through the air. Devin Stewart reached over a defender to snag a 53-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter to bring the Beavers within three points, 10-7.
Following a Chris Kemmerer game-tying 24-yard field goal, Buena Vista took its first lead of the game when Hawkins hooked up with Randy Kaufmann for a 20-yard touchdown toss.
Waldorf relied on its running game the entire day, except for the game-tying drive late in the fourth quarter.
Marcus Lewis carried the ball 44 times for 154 yards and a touchdown. He went over the 1,000 yard mark for the season.
Buena Vista, which had its last three home games of the year go into overtime, out-gained Waldorf in total yardage 313-241.
The Beavers were hindered by committing four turnovers, missing two field goals, and allowing five quarterback sacks.
"You can't turn the ball over four times and expect to win many games," Anderson said. "Two of those turnovers (one in each half) led to short fields and eventual points for Waldorf."
Hawkins was 16 for 29 through the air for 248 yards in a game that was played in muddy conditions after the field had been covered in 5 inches of snow the day before.
Kaufmann, who ended the year with 10 touchdown catches, snared four passes for 76 yards.
Reserve running back Alex Moss led the Buena Vista rushing attack with 32 yards on 12 carries, all of which came in the second half.
Brent Stout ran for 30 yards and had three catches for 28 yards.
Banks registered 11 tackles and one sack as Waldorf recorded its first-ever victory over Buena Vista in three tries. Branden Mohs tallied a game-high two sacks and seven tackles for the Warriors.
Cody Pierce recorded a game-high 16 tackles as Buena Vista dropped its third straight game.
Wade Hammen had 12 tackles and Michael Sly registered nine tackles and one interception.
Anderson said he'll miss this season's seniors when practice starts next August.
"They've all invested a lot of time into our program," Anderson said. "Losing their last game of the season was pretty tough on them."
Now it's on to the recruiting trail for Anderson, who was already on the road Monday afternoon.
"We've got a lot of work to do to find the the types of players that will help our program in the long run," the coach added.
He added that it will be key for his current players to hit the weight room hard during the offseason.
"We had a lot of younger players this year, and we just need to play more physical, and get bigger and stronger before August," coach Anderson said.