Junior quarterback Cole Miller set a school record with 444 passing yards as the Beavers chalked up over 500 yards of total offense, but it was Loras College which scored 21 unanswered points in the first half to break things open en route to a 73-39 victory over BVU on Saturday afternoon inside of The Rock Bowl.
Miller broke Tory Beger's record of 436 yards (also set against Loras back in 2015), completing 26-of-50 attempts. He hooked up with freshman Tariq Thomas just minutes into the contest on a 67-yard touchdown pass, giving the Beavers a quick 7-0 lead. Miller now has a touchdown pass of at least 60 yards in each of the team's first three games this season. Midway through the quarter, TJ Lint hauled in a 45-yard touchdown pass to put BVU back in front 14-7. Lint finished with a game-high nine catches for 153 yards and now has 109 career catches and moves into sixth on the program's all-time receiving yards list with 1,657 yards.
The Duhawks rolled off 21 straight points to build a 28-14 lead with just under three minutes gone by in the second quarter. BVU stayed within striking distance when Miller and freshman Eric Pacheco connected for a 56-yard touchdown pass, giving Pacheco his first career touchdown catch. Back-to-back touchdowns by Loras, however, gave them a 42-21 lead at halftime, and the Duhawks never looked back. They began the second half with two more touchdowns before BVU halted the run when Colby Laughlin notched his first career touchdown run from 10 yards out.
Ross Adamson caught a four-yard touchdown pass from Miller early in the fourth quarter to make it 59-34, but it was too-little-too late for the Beavers which fell for the first time this season.
Miller has now thrown nine passing touchdowns on the year for BVU, compared to just three interceptions. Pacheco also had a career-day on the receving end, hauling in five passes for 121 yards. Adamson also caught five passes.
BVU was held to only 61 net yards rushing in the contest, while the Duhawks gained 272. Miller was the team's leading rusher with 34 yards on 10 carries.
Loras quarterback Bob Kelly also threw for four touchdowns and 359 yards while completing 24-of-32 attempts.
Brady Illg had nine solo tackles to help lead BVU on the defensive side. Three others finished with six.
The Duhawks outgained BVU in the contest, 631-512, as both teams now sit 1-1 in the league.
Buena Vista (2-1, 1-1 IIAC) will look to bounce back from the loss when it hosts Luther College (2-1, 1-1 IIAC) next Saturday at 1:00pm for Homecoming. The Norse come in after upsetting 25th-ranked Dubuque on Saturday, 21-17.