After two weeks away from its home turf, the Buena Vista football team is eager to return to J. Leslie Rollins Stadium on Saturday where it hosts Nebraska Wesleyan in Iowa Conference action at 1:00 p.m.
Who: Neb. Wesleyan (0-7, 0-5 IIAC) vs. Buena Vista (3-3, 2-2 IIAC)
When: Saturday, October 21 * 1:00pm
Where: J. Leslie Rollins Stadium and Peterson Field * Storm Lake, Iowa
Radio: 97.5FM KBVU
Live Webstream: http://portal.stretchinternet.com/bvu/
Live Audio stream: http://kbvu.streamon.fm/
Live Stats: http://www.bvuathletics.com/sports/fball/2017-18/boxscores/20171021_0akc.xml
Inside the Series: This marks the second meeting between the two schools as members of the Iowa Conference. BVU held on for a 38-31 victory in the second-to-last game of the year in 2016. Last year was the fifth meeting all-time between the two programs as the series is now tied 2-2-1. Prior to last year, the last meeting was back in 1955 with BVU winning 27-13. The Beavers are 3-0 against the Prairie Wolves here in Storm Lake. The first-ever match-up came in 1952 with NWU edging BVU, 27-19, in Lincoln.
About Neb. Wesleyan: The Prairie Wolves take the field today still in search of that first win of the year. The team is coming off a tough 42-27 home loss a week ago to the University of Dubuque after losing on the road in overtime the week before to Luther. Despite the winless record, the team is fifth in the team during IIAC play in scoring at 31.8ppg but is eighth in scoring defense at 43.8ppg. It gets a lot of its offensive production through the air with quarterback Jonathan Curti ranked third in IIAC play at 306.0ypg. He has spread the wealth amongst his wideouts all season, with seven guys above 15 catches on the year, and five of those have over 200 yards. Bradley Pelkey has 17 grabs for 287 yards and a team-high six catches on the year. Shaka Taylor is the team's leading rusher and receiver. He has 677 yards rushing and three scores while hauling in a team-best 34 catches for 264 yards and three more TD's. He's carried the ball 134 times with the next closest at 19. Dakota Buss leads the way defensively with 82 tackles and one interception. Eli Bricker is next with 50 total stops, including a team-high 5.5 for a loss. He also has one INT. Opponents come in rushing for just under 270.0ypg as well as 326.0ypg passing.
About BVU: The Beavers return home following consecutive road games, including a 55-20 loss at Washington University (Mo.) one week ago. BVU continues to air it out where it has seen most of its success on the offensive side this season. Quarterback Cole Miller is second in the league in IIAC play with 314.0ypg passing. Overall, he's thrown for 1,811 yards and 13 touchdowns and only six interceptions. TJ Lint continues to move up the receiving charts for BVU, as he is averaging 110.7ypg for the year on 42 receptions. He's currently ranked 24th nationally with 7.0 catches per game while his 664 yards has him 23rd. He's currently second in the IIAC in receptions and yards. Ross Adamson is second with 21 catches for 201 yards while Eric Pacheco and Tyler Oberreuter are third with 19 catches each and have combined for three touchdowns. Nick Amundson is leading the way with 42 tackles with Brady Illg right behind at 38. Amundson also has one of the team's four interceptions on the year while Illg has a team-high five tackles for a loss. BVU is allowing just over 280 yards rushing per contest and 243.0ypg through the air.
A Look Ahead: Buena Vista will go back on the road for the third time in four weeks when it travels to Simpson College next Saturday, October 28, for a 1:00 p.m. kick-off against the Storm. The team then plays its final home game of the year on November 4 against #17 Wartburg College.