Late field goal gives Storm 20-17 victory over Buena Vista.
STORM LAKE - Brett Majors kicked a 38-yard field goal with 42 seconds remaining to give Simpson a 20-17 victory over Buena Vista in an Iowa Conference football game on Saturday at J. Leslie Rollins Stadium.
Simpson won the game despite falling behind 14-0 in the first quarter. The Storm rallied for two touchdowns in the second quarter to tie the game at 14-14 at the half and then held the Beavers to just a field goal in the second half.
Buena Vista had a 35-yard field goal blocked with 4:47 remaining that would have given the Beavers the lead.
Buena Vista scored twice in the first quarter. The Beavers drove 51 yards in eight plays, capped by a 6-yard TD run by Craig Rowedder.
Buena Vista then made it 14-0 when Rowedder's 7-yard TD run ended a 7-play, 61-yard drive.
Rowedder provided most of Buena Vista's offense as he rushed 39 times for 156 yards.
Simpson pulled within a touchdown on one big play. Quarterback Mike Donnenwerth hit wide receiver Jesse Von Behren with a 50-yard TD pass. The Storm had just six yards of total offense until that play.
The Simpson tandem hooked up again to tie the game, this time on a 6-yard strike with 27 seconds left before halftime. Von Behren had seven of Donnenwerth's 10 pass completions for 197 yards.
Both teams traded field goals in the third quarter. Majors hit one from 43 yards out to give the Storm a 17-14 lead before Carlos Martinez tied it with a 21-yarder at the 1:33 mark.
Buena Vista lost the game despite holding Simpson to just 68 yards rushing on 40 carries. The Storm, however, passed for 214 yards.
Buena Vista rushed for 146 yards and passed for 99 yards for 245 yards in total offense.
Simpson's Michael Norris, a senior from Alta, had a career-high 13 tackles.
Simpson 0 14 3 3 - 20
Buena Vista 14 0 3 0 - 17
BV-Rowedder 6 run (Martinez kick)
BV-Rowedder 7 run (Martinez kick)
S-Von Behren 50 pass from Donnenwerth (Majors kick)
S-Von Behren 6 pass from Donnenwerth (Majors kick)
S-FG Majors 43
BV-FG Martinez 21
S-FG Majors 38
TEAM STATISTICS S BV
First downs 12 16
Rushes-yards 40-68 47-146
Com.-Att.-Int. 10-25-0 7-21-1
Passing yards 214 99
Total net yards 282 265
Return yards 131 44
Punts-Avg. 8-32 8-39
Fumbles-lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties-yards 6-49 3-25
Time of possession 28:44 31:16
Rushing-Buena Vista: Rowedder 39-156, Pick 3-7, Jamison 5-(-17). Simpson: Freeburg 12-24, Kirwan 6-22, Kelly 1-11, Tiedeman 11-9, Van Houten 3-6, Von Behren 1-4, Donnenwerth 6-(-8).
Passing-Buena Vista: Jamison 7-21-1-99. Simpson: Donnenwerth 10-25-0-214.
Receiving-Buena Vista: Wiig 3-50, Espinosa 2-28, Sullivan 1-11, Eggeling 1-10. Simpson: Von Behren 7-197, Keehn 1-7, Peterson 1-6, Tiedeman 1-4.