Simpson College scored a pair of touchdowns in the final 35 seconds of the first half to break open a 21-14 contest, as the Storm went on to hand the Buena Vista football team a 49-21 loss on Saturday inside of Buxton Stadium in Indianola, Iowa.
BVU junior quarterback Cole Miller hooked up with freshman wide receiver Eric Pacheco for a 26-yard touchdown strike with under 5:00 left in the first half to pull the Beavers within 21-14. The Storm, however, responded with an 11-play, 63-yard drive, capped by a two-yard touchdown run with 35 seconds left in the half to extend their lead to 28-14. The Beavers then fumbled the ball back to Simpson on the first play of the ensuing posession, setting up a 21-yard touchdown pass for the Storm on their first play, and making it a 35-14 halftime score.
Sam Sasso began the second half with a 24-yard touchdown pass to push the margin up to 42-14 before Miller found the endzone on a 13-yard touchdown run for the Beavers giving him two rushing touchdowns on the day. Sasso threw his fifth passing touchdown of the game for the final 49-21 margin.
Miller completed 16-of-31 attempts for 201 yards and the one score while being intercepted twice. He also rushed 12 times for 60 yards and two scores. TJ Lint caught four passes for 47 yards and moves into sixth on the single-season receptions list at BVU with 56 on the year. He now has 859 receiving yards moving him within 242 yards of the program's all-time single-season record (Gunner Gilland). He heads into next week sixth and only 105 away from fifth (Josh Espinosa). He's also 86 yards away from third on the all-time list.
Pacheco had two catches for 45 yards and the one score while Charlie Flickinger had three for 44.
Sasso passed for 319 yards and the five touchdowns to help lead the Storm, who move to 5-4 overall (4-3 IIAC). Cam Bunting carried the ball 30 times for 147 yards and one TD.
Lavaris Preston, who set a career-high with 15 tackles last week, registered a new career-best with 16 in this one while assisting on one tackle for a loss. Reed Kruse and Michael Herwig each had 13. Morris Aranda had his first career interception to go along with his six tackles.
Buena Vista dips to 3-5 on the year and 2-4 in conference play. The Beavers return home for Senior Day next Saturday, November 4, when they host #16 Wartburg College at 1:00pm. The Knights come in after blanking the University of Dubuque on Saturday, 23-0.