Sophomore running back Dylan Barrett (Harlan, Iowa/Harlan) rushed for a career-high 181 yards and scored two touchdowns, while the Beavers tallied a season-high 273 overall, to help them even their conference record with a commanding 42-19 road victory at Loras College (2-5, 1-3 IIAC) on Saturday afternoon.
Barrett put BVU on the board first, plunging in from a yard out, capping a game-opening 10-play, 50-yard drive. Two minutes later after getting the ball back on downs, quarterback Bobby Brown (Storm Lake, Iowa/Storm Lake) found senior Bo Darrow (Glenwood, Iowa/Glenwood), who then eluded tacklers and ran 54 yards on the first play from scrimmage.
BVU would then push the advantage to 21-0 later in the quarter after junior Brady Randall (Storm Lake, Iowa/Alta) recovered a fumble at the Duhawk six yard-line and Brown called his own number on the first play from scrimmage.
Loras got on the board with a 25-yard field goal late in the half, as BVU held the 21-3 lead at intermission.
A 35-yard make early in the second half made it 21-6, but Barrett exploded for a 43-yard touchdown run, to give the Beavers the 28-6 lead.
After Loras got a touchdown pass to make it 28-12, senior John Hill (Webster City, Iowa/Webster City) came on in the fourth quarter and added back-to-back touchdown runs for a 42-12 advantage, and helping the Beavers post their highest single-game rushing effort since gaining 304 at Waldorf back on October 25, 2008.
After throwing for a career-high 318 yards in the win against Central College a week ago, Brown didn’t need to rely on his arm against the Duhawks, as BVU attempted only 12 passes in the contest, completing seven for 122 yards.
Darrow hauled in five of those for a career-high 105 yards.
Defensively, BVU overcame 229 rushing yards by Nate Carrier, and allowed a season-low 19 points. Senior Nick Plueger (Le Mars, Iowa/Le Mars), last week’s IIAC Defensive Performer of the Week, tallied 16 total stops, including three for a loss. Randall and Collin Mann (Logan, Iowa/Logan-Magnolia) followed with seven stops, with Mann also adding one of the team’s three interceptions.
Buena Vista improves to 2-5 overall (2-2 IIAC) and will look to make it three straight wins when it returns home next Saturday to face Luther College (0-7, 0-4 IIAC) in a 1:00pm kick-off.
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