The Buena Vista football team steps outside of Iowa Conference play this Saturday for a trip to St. Louis, Mo., and a chance to play its first ever game against Washington University (Mo.).
Who: Buena Vista (3-2) vs. WashU (1-5)
When: Saturday, October 14 * 1:00pm
Where: Francis Field * St. Louis, Mo.
Radio: 97.5FM KBVU
Live Webstream: http://www.washubears.com/links/0m6tkl
Live Audio stream: http://kbvu.streamon.fm/
Live Stats: http://bearsports-livestats.wustl.edu/football/xlive.htm
Inside the Series: This will be the first ever meeting between the two programs.
About WashU: The Bears have the toughest strength of schedule of any school in DIII football this season. They have two teams on the schedule currently ranked in the top-25, including fourth-ranked North Central in which they fell to, 43-24, just two weeks ago. The team is averaging just over 20.0ppg this season while allowing over 30.0ppg. Alot of the yards gained comes through the air where the team is passing for nearly 270.0ypg. Quarterback J. Davidson has thrown for over 1,300 yards and nine touchdowns while completing over 63.0 percent of his attempts. He is also the team's second-leading rusher at 24.7ypg and has added two touchdowns.
M. Ramspott is the team's leading receiver at 41 catches and 370 yards while Jason Singer is next with 21 grabs, 328 yards and four scores. Mitchel Groen is second with a pair of touchdown grabs on just 11 catches. Josh Fisher leads the ground attack with 49.5ypg and one touchdown on 54 carries. Davidson has rushed 66 times while Logan Bash is third with 38. Defensively, Jarrod Huther has a team-leading 58 total stops on the year, including 6.5 for a loss and three sacks. Jake Coon is next with 48 tackles and a pair of interceptions. The Beavers are allowing over 200 yards passing and rushing per game overall.
Wash U was an NCAA playoff team in 2016 after going 8-2 in the regular season before a 49-13 loss to #4 UW-Oshkosh in the opening round of the NCAA DIII playoffs ended the campaign at 8-3. It was also a playoff team in 2013.
About BVU: The Beavers are coming off a thrilling 44-41 Iowa Conference road win at IIAC preseason Dubuque last Saturday. The win matches the team's overall win total from all of last year and one more win would be the highest total since going 5-5 overall in 2014. Senior wide receiver, TJ Lint, hauled in 12 catches for 191 yards and a pair of touchdowns in that win over the Spartans, and in the process, moved into fourth place on both the program's career receptions and receiving yards lists. He currently ranks fifth in the nation in receiving yards per gam (129.0) and is tied for 16th with 7.8 receptions per contest. Junior quarterback, Cole Miller, is throwing for 314.0ypg which is 16th in the nation. As a team, BVU ranks seventh, nationally, in passing yards per game (340.4). Miller has also thrown for 11 touchdowns and just six interceptions. Aside from Lint, Ross Adamson is second on the team with 21 catches for 201 yards and one TD, Tyler Oberreuter 15 catches for 151 yards and one touchdown.
Defensively, BVU has struggled a bit in yards allowed per game (450.3ypg) and points allowed (43.0ppg). Seniors Nick Amundson and Brady Illg have recorded 38 and 36 tackles, respectively, to help lead the group with the two also combining for six pass breakups. Amundson also has one of the team's four interceptions on the year with Michael Herwig leading the way with two, including one pick-six. Illg has a team-best four tackles for a loss while Tyler Prescott right behind with 3.5.
BVU was picked to finish ninth in the league this season, and with last week's win, moved itself into a tie for third at the midway point of the league schedule.
A Look Ahead: Buena Vista will return home after two weeks on the road to host Nebraska Wesleyan in an Iowa Conference game at 1:00 p.m.