CEDAR RAPIDS - It was another career-day for sophomore running back Cory Donscheski as he chalked up a career-high 189 yards on the ground, including a big 21-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter, to help lead the Buena Vista football team to a big 19-10 road win at Coe College on Saturday afternoon.
After neither team was able to put points on the board in the opening quarter, it was Buena Vista going in front 3-0 2:30 into the second quarter when Zach Kaufman connected on a 20-yard field goal attempt, capping a 15-play, 73-yard drive which took 8:02 off of the clock.
The Beavers then increased the lead to 10-0 at the half when senior Trent Svendsen hauled in a nine-yard touchdown grab with 3:35 remaining in the quarter.
The Kohawks came out of the locker room in control to start the second half as they took the opening kick-off and marched 66 yards in 12 plays, before Elliott Rausa knocked through a 19-yard field goal, pulling Coe to within 10-3.
Later in the quarter BVU had pinned Coe deep into its own territory after Jake Vaughan's punt was downed at the two-yard line. Three plays later, Ben Hansen stormed through the front line and tackled quarterback Brad Boyle in the end zone for a safety, which made it a two-posession game at 12-3.
Coe would not go away, though, as the Kohawks forced the first Beaver turnover of the day three minutes into the fourth quarter and taking over at their own 46-yard line. Nine plays and 54 yards later, Coe had found itself down by just two when Boyle hit Kelvin Lee from seven yards out and the PAT made it 12-10.
Then, with less than six minutes to play in regulation Donscheski broke free on a 21-yard scamper which again made it a two posession game, as Kaufman's PAT made it 19-10. Donscheski's total was the highest single-game effort for BVU since Chad Pearson chalked up 190 yards against Cornell College back in 2005.
Coe tried to climb back in on its ensuing posession as it picked up 45 yards on the first play from scrimmage to get down to the BVU 35-yard line. Four plays later, on third-and-three from the Beaver 17, senior Rahn Franklin, Jr. closed things out when he intercepted Broyle in the end zone with 4:31 left for his fifth interception of the year.
From there, BVU ran out the clock and remained just one-half game behind Wartburg in the league standings, while moving to 6-2 (5-1 IIAC) on the year.
Aside from Donscheski, senior Alex Moss carried the ball 17 times for 60 yards. Through the air, Matt Pearey finished 13-of-20 for 120 yard, to go along with the touchdown and one interception. His leading target was freshman Jorge Mata, who hauled in four catches for 44 yards, while Svendsen, along with senior Eric Bertelsen (Polk City, Iowa/North Polk), followed with three.
Defensively, Hansen, Austin Dickinson, and Travis Forkner finished with nine tackles apiece, as Jared Boysen and Andy Jacobson were both right behind with eight.
Broyle and running back Sam Hammes led Coe with 64 rushing yards apiece, while Broyle also completed 16-of-26 passes for 181 yards and a score.
Buena Vista remains perfect on the road this season (3-0) with the win and now gets set to close out its regular season home schedule when the team hosts Central College (5-3, 3-3 IIAC) on Saturday afternoon. Kick-off between the two teams is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.