Buena Vista's defense returns to top form in 31-7 rout of Norse.
STORM LAKE - When Buena Vista's defense plays like it did on Saturday, the Beavers can be tough to beat.
Luther found out the hard way as Buena Vista held the Norse to just 97 yards rushing and 43 yards passing en route to a 31-7 victory in an Iowa Conference game at Decorah.
The Beavers gave up 140 yards of total offense and only 2.5 yards per play. They also forced five turnovers - three interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
Everything started with defense for Buena Vista.
"They did a very good job of containing their offense and creating turnovers and getting the offense the ball in good field position," Buena Vista coach Steve Osterberger said. "It was eleven guys flying around to the football. We had a lot of hits and 11 guys around the ball carrier and we made some really good plays I felt."
"Field position was huge," Osterberger added. "Our defense gets us the ball three times inside the 15 and once on the 18. We got the ball where we needed it."
Osterberger was also impressed with the performance of the offense.
"They played great," he said. "We didn't turn the ball over. They moved the ball with consistency and we put it in the end zone when we had to. We did a much better job of protecting Eric (quarterback Jamison) and coming up with some catches."
While Buena Vista's defense was busy dominating Luther's offense, the Beavers' offense was building a 21-0 lead in the first half.
Craig Rowedder, who rushed for 149 yards on 31 carries, ended a 4-play, 38-yard drive with a 19-yard touchdown run to make it 7-0. Buena Vista got the ball back on a roughing the punter penalty.
Rowedder scored his second touchdown of the game in the second quarter on a 3-yard run to put the Beavers up 14-0. That score was set up by a Garrett Gingrich interception.
Moments later, quarterback Eric Jamison found Adam Eggeling for a 7-yard TD pass to cap a 15-yard drive. Bart Smith intercepted a pass for the Beavers and returned it 21 yards to the Luther 15-yard line.
Carlos Martinez kicked a 42-yard field goal in the third quarter to give the Beavers a 24-0 lead. Luther's Mike Jefferson prevented the shutout with a 4-yard run late in the third quarter.
Buena Vista tacked on another score in the fourth quarter when Barry Van Voorst ran 14 yards for a touchdown, ending a 45-yard drive. That was Buena Vista's longest scoring drive of the game.
Buena Vista finished with 195 yards rushing in the game. Van Voorst rushed for 41 yards. Jamison completed 11 of 19 passes for 97 yards.
Caleb Linn led Buena Vista on defense with seven tackles. Smith, Andy Fish and Ian Gardner each had six, while Chad Behrens added five.
Buena Vista, now 1-2 in the league and 2-2 overall, hosts Loras this Saturday.
Buena Vista 7 14 3 7 - 31
Luther 0 0 7 0 - 7
BV-Rowedder 19 run (Martinez kick)
BV-Rowedder 3 run (Martinez kick)
BV-Eggeling 7 pass from Jamison (Martinez kick)
BV-FG Martinez 42
L-Jefferson 4 run (Cinnamo kick)
BV-Van Voorst 14 run (Martinez kick)
TEAM STATISTICS BV L
First downs 17 12
Rushes-yards 51-195 36-97
Com.-Att.-Int. 11-19-0 7-19-3
Passing yards 97 43
Total net yards 292 140
Return yards 79 46
Punts-Avg. 6-40 7-39
Fumbles-lost 0-0 2-2
Penalties-yards 7-55 15-98
Time of possession 32:23 27:37
Rushing-Buena Vista: Rowedder 31-149, Van Voorst 9-41, Pick 2-7, Smith 5-7, Jamison 4-(-9). Luther: Jefferson 20-70, Pettlon 5-36, Davis 4-22, Anderson 2-2, Distin 1-(-6), Krambeer 4-(-27).
Passing-Buena Vista: Jamison 11-19-0-97. Luther: Krambeer 7-18-2-43, Distin 0-1-1-0.
Receiving-Buena Vista: Espinosa 4-37, Sullivan 3-26, Eggeling 3-13, Forbes 1-21. Luther: Jefferson 3-8, Johnson 1-16, Syverson 1-8, Albers 1-7, Anderson 1-4.
Tackles-Buena Vista: Linn 7, Smith 6, Fish 6, Gardner 6, Behrens 5, Nielsen 4, Kelley 4, Hodges 4, Kucera 4.