Duhawks victorious in front of Homecoming crowd
Tyler Wilker converted the game-winning field goal from 48 yards as the first half ended
Tyler Wilker converted the game-winning field goal from 48 yards as the first half ended
Mon, Oct. 4, 2010 - [Football]

The Loras College football team won their second game of the season in front of nearly 3,000 fans in the Rock Bowl on Saturday afternoon.

The Duhawks beat Buena Vista 17-14 - with all 31 points coming in the opening 30 minutes of action.

After falling behind 14-0 in the game's opening 16 minutes the Duhawks gathered themselves to put together one of their best stretches of football this season.

After BVU running back John Hill scored his second touchdown of the day, the Duhawks quickly put together a drive that cut the lead in half. Punter Joe Walker converted a 4th-and-10 with a rush towards the right sideline to keep things going just shy of midfield. The team marched to the edge of the red zone when junior quarterback Vaughn Gesing and senior wideout John Ingersoll connected on a double-move to the right side of the end zone to make the score 14-7. Gesing was 3-for-5 for 35 yards on the drive.

Loras conceded two quick first downs to the BVU offense before stopping the Beavers' drive at midfield. Nick Lloyd returned the ensuing punt 55 yards to the Buena Vista 25 yard line to setup Loras' second score. Ingersoll and Gesing connected on the first play of the drive to get the Duhawks into the red zone and tailback Ryan Baez took care of the rest, covering the final 15 yards on the ground and tying the game from 10 yards out with under five minutes remaining in the half.

Buena Vista earned two more first downs on their next drive, but were forced to punt once again.

With 1:42 remaining on the clock in the first half, the Duhawks quickly moved back into Beavers territory and called timeout with 35 seconds left. Two quick 5-yard completions to Johnny Jackson and John Blesz setup Tyler Wilker's first field goal attempt of the game. Wilker promptly knocked the 48-yard attempt through the Rock Bowl's west uprights to make the game 17-14 at halftime.

Buena Vista received the opening kickoff of the second half and put together a 12-play drive that ended inside the Loras 20 yard line. Rather than attempting their first field goal of 2010 to tie the game from roughly 29 yards, the Beavers elected to go for the first down on 4th-and-1 from the Loras 12. The Loras interior defensive lineman won the battle at the line of scrimmage as Frank Pereiro and Ben Driscoll brought down John Hill for a loss of two yards.

The Buena Vista offense had drives end similarly in each of the final two quarters. Once in each quarter the visitors' drives ended in one punt, one turnover on downs, and one interception. Kile Beaver and Tommy Jahnke each intercepted Bo Darrow passes to stop Beavers drives before they could get going.

Loras had fourth quarter drives end with an interception and missed a field goal, but also held the ball for over 11 minutes of the final quarter, keeping control of the clock and allowing only 29 yards to the Beavers' offense.

"We put together four quarters of pretty good football today," head coach Steve Osterberger said after Saturday's win.

"This team showed me a lot today, erasing that 14-0 deficit and working their way back into the game and eventually to the win. Every phase of the game - offense, defense, and special teams - did something to help earn this win this week," Osterberger noted.

Loras improved to 2-3 with the win, 1-1 in the Rock Bowl, and 1-2 in the Iowa Conference.
Next Saturday's game will be a historic one. The Duhawks turn on the lights in the Rock Bowl for the first for a football game! Kickoff of the Key City Clash against the University of Dubuque is 6:00 PM, with the AWC parking lot available for the third tailgate of the season at 4:00 PM. Dubuque is sporting an identical 2-3 overall, 1-2 Iowa Conference record.