The Buena Vista football team was on the road for the final time this season Saturday afternoon at Nebraska Wesleyan, and it was a heartbreaking finish for the final road trip, as the Prairie Wolves hung on for a 32-25 victory.
It was a low-scoring first half with NWU holding a 7-6 lead at the half after BVU missed the point-after-attempt on the game's first score. The Prairie Wolves led 17-12 afer three quarters, and then came the thrilling fourth.
BVU led 18-17 only three minutes into the final frame when quarterback Cole Miller connected with Charlie Flickinger for a 12-yard touchdown pass. Back came the Prairie Wolves, as they marched 65 yards in 10 plays before a seven-yard touchdown run midway through the quarter put them back ontop 24-18.
After the two sides traded punts, BVU had the ball and went down the field in seven plays, capped by a Miller two-yard run. Morris Arranda connected on the PAT and BVU went back in front 25-24 with just 1:40 left.
It proved to be plenty of time for NWU, as they got a 25-yard run on the second play from scrimmage on the ensuing possession before a 37-yard touchdown strike with 1:14 left to put the Prairie Wolves back in front, 32-25.
The Beavers weren't done yet with mutliple timeouts in their back pocket. They picked up a trio of first downs and got out of bounds all the way down at the NWU 22. Then, Miller rushed down to the four-yard line, but were out of timeouts and couldn't get another play off.
Miller finished with 19-of-29 for 189 yards and two touchdowns. Flickinger had a team-leading eight catches for 83 yards and one score. Eric Pacheco hauled in six catches for 55 yards and caught a touchdown for the game's first score. He now has 55 catches on the year for 1,024 yards and 11 touchdowns. He heads into the final game of the year tied for sixth in single-season history in receptions and needs 24 yards to tie TJ Lint for second all-time. He's only 77 yards from Gunner Gilland's single-season mark of 1,101 yards set in 2014. His 11 touchdown grabs are now third all-time in single-season history.
Miller led the team with 62 yards on the ground with Josh Werge right behind with 53. Bryland Menicucci had 39 yards and the team's other rushing touchdown.
Jonathan Curti passed for 320 yards and three touchdowns for NWU, but the Beavers also intercepted him three times. Shaka Taylor chipped in with 126 yards on the ground as the Prairie Wolves ended their season at 3-7 overall (2-6 A-R-C).
Reed Kruse registered a team-leading 11 tackles for BVU and had one of those three INT's.
Buena Vista is now 1-8 on the year and 0-7 A-R-C. The team will now wrap up its season at home next Saturday against Simpson at 1:00 p.m.