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Luther moved to 2-2 in the Iowa Conference after posting a 14-7 victory over Buena Vista University in front of a Homecoming crowd.
With the score knotted up at 0-0 at halftime, an interception by Bruce Clark midway through the third quarter, set up Luther's first score of the afternoon. Eight plays later, an Alex Hain two-yard plunge, capped off the 57-yard drive.
The Norse took a 14-0 lead with 6:12 left in the game, thanks to a 43-yard fumble return by Dustin Hines to the Buena Vista 35. Donterrious Porter, who was credited with six tackles and four pass break-ups, forced the fumble.
Four plays following the turnover, Chris Reynolds connected with Drew Helle on a 22-yard touchdown pass, in the right corner of the end zone.
Buena Vista's lone score of the afternoon came with 3:32 left in the game.
Both teams had an opportunity to score in the second quarter, but came up short. Buena Vista quarterback Bobby Brown was picked off by Robby Jewell in the end zone, that stopped an 11-play, 64-yard drive. Three series later, the Norse had a third and goal, following a 37-yard connection by Reynolds to Dalen Dirth, but were not able to punch the football into the end zone.The 20-yard field goal missed left.
Defensively, the Norse tallied three interceptions and forced two fumbles, while holding the Beavers to 312 yards of total offense and one touchdown.
" I was extremely happy with our defense," stated Head Coach Mike Durnin. "While Buena Vista was able to get some yards, they did a great job of keeping them out of the end zone. Our defense also did a fantastic job of putting pressure on their quarterback and creating take aways."
All-American Kyle McGiveny led all tacklers with 17 and was also credited with one interception. Trent Kerrigan was credited with nine tackles and Alex Peterson was next with seven. Hines and Thomas Carpenter were both credited with a sack.
Offensively, the Norse tallied 327 yards of total offense. Reynolds threw for 193 yards and also rushed for 45. Dan Ridenour led the rushing attack with 57 yards on 10 carries. Steven Thompson led the receiving corps with five catches for 43 yards.
"Our offense continues to improve and they made some plays in critical situations," commented Durnin. "One point of emphasis this week will be converting in the redzone."
Norse punter Donny Norlander had perhaps his best afternoon this season. Norlander averaged 35.5 yards per punt and had two inside the 20.
"It was great to have all the Norse football alumni back on campus and there is no doubt our players felt their energy," stated Durnin. "As I have said all along, this group of young men continues to work hard each and every day and today it was rewarding to see their efforts complimented on the scoreboard.
Now we must continue to prepare with a great sense of urgency as we get ready to play Simpson next week."
Luther's win over Buena Vista was its fifth consecutive in the series. The Beavers fell to 1-3 in the IIAC, 1-5 overall.
The Norse will host Simpson College with a start time scheduled for 1:00 p.m. This game will be video streamed.
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