Playing under the lights for the first time under head coach Jay Anderson put an offensive explosion into the Buena Vista football team on Saturday night, as the Beavers went on the road and picked up a convincing 55-28 victory over Waldorf College.
Buena Vista got off to a fast start, getting a pair of rushing TD's from senior Dylan Barrett and one more from senior quarterback Bobby Brown in the first quarter for a 21-7 lead, before adding a 32-yard touchdown pass from Brown to Gunner Gilland in the second quarter for a 28-14 halftime lead.
It was virtually all Beavers in the second half, as they went on to score twice more in the third for a 42-14 lead and held a 55-14 lead in the fourth before the Warriors added a pair of late touchdowns for the game's final score.
BVU totaled 644 yards of total offense, including 412 through the air. Brown had a career night, passing for a career-best 396 yards and four touchdowns. He completed 23-of-36 attempts and had completions of 25 yards or more to four different receivers.
Gilland had a career-night as well with three touchdown grabs and 143 yards on just eight receptions. Ben Seitz also hauled in eight catches for 139 yards and two scores.
Barrett had a stellar night on the ground as well, rushing for 168 yards on 26 carriers, including the game's first two scores.
BVU went 75 yards in just six plays on the game's first drive, capped by a Barrett 13-yard scamper with just 2:36 gone by. Barrett then found the end-zone from four yards out midway through the quarter, as BVU went 97 yards in nine plays after the Warriors had fumbled at the three-yard line.
Brown then kept the ball and found a hole to run through which resulted in a 10-yard TD run to make it 21-0 with 2:05 left in the opening frame.
Waldorf got on the board midway through the second quarter to make it 21-7 before following up with another touchdown drive to get within 21-14 with just 1:52 left in the half.
The Beavers, however, then marched 73 yards down the field in only five plays, capped by Gilland's 32-yard over-the-shoulder catch just inside the pylon to make it 28-14 with 39 seconds left before halftime.
Gilland then caught TD passes of nine and 13 yards in the third quarter, to make it 42-14, while Seitz hauled in an eight-yard grab to extend the lead to 49-14 early in the fourth.
Seitz then capped the scoring for BVU with a 16-yard catch from Trevor Trunk midway through the final frame for a 55-14 cushion.
Waldorf scored its first points since the second quarter with a touchdown pass with 5:47 to play. The team then got the ball back after a successful on-side kick attempt and added the game's final score with under a minute to play.
The 55 points scored by BVU are the most for the program since defeating Waldorf 67-21 back in 2004. Brown's passing yards are the second-most in a single-game in BVU history, surpassing his previous total of 377 set last year at Simpson.
The Warrios chalked up 456 yards of total offense, but turned the ball over three times.
Austin Gibbs and Bea Van Wechel each posted six tackles for BVU, defensively, including a pair of sacks from Van Wechel. Derek Schwartz turned in the team's first interception of the year and returned it 23 yards.
The win moves Buena Vista to 1-2 overall as the team returns home next Saturday, October 4, for a Homecoming contest against Simpson College (3-0). It will also be the Iowa Conference opener for both teams.