IIAC Roundup: Week 11

November 17, 2013 11:13 pm

Wartburg clinched the conference title outright and an automatic playoff berth in the least dramatic way possible, thumping Loras 59-3. However, there were some other great games on the final day of the regular season and for the second straight year, we have a four-way tie for a place in the final standings. Six of the eight teams finished with winning conference records.

Here are the final standings:

Wartburg (6-1, 8-2)
Simpson (5-2, 7-3)
Dubuque (4-3, 5-5)
Central (4-3, 6-4)
Coe (4-3, 7-3)
Buena Vista (4-3, 4-6)
Luther (1-6, 2-8)
Loras (0-7, 0-9)

And recaps from this week’s games:

Wartburg (8-2, 6-1) 59, Loras (0-9, 0-7) 3

Buena Vista 29, Dubuque 28

STORM LAKE, Iowa — BV scored 16 fourth-quarter points and Tyler Stolen’s 25-yard field goal with 58 seconds left gave the Beavers their fourth straight win to tend the season after starting 0-6. The Beavers trailed 28-19 with 5:22 to go before a nine-play, 60-yard drive capped by Bobby Brown’s two-yard run cut the lead to two. BV then recovered an onside kick and Dylan Barrett ran 50 yards on five carries to set up the field goal. It’s Dubuque’s third loss in the final minute this season. The Spartans had a significant 505-326 total yards advantage and Bryan Bradshaw and Tyler Rutenbeck hooked up for three touchdowns.┬áThe result gave both teams 4-3 IIAC records.

Dubuque (5-5, 4-3) 7 0 14 7 — 28
Buena Vista (4-6, 4-3) 0 13 0 16 — 29

D- Rutenbeck 15 pass from Bradshaw (Prull kick) (10:38 1st)
BV- Barrett 2 run (Stolen kick) (13:44 2nd)
BV- Henningsen 15 pass from Brown (Stolen kick failed) (5:21 2nd)
D- Rutenbeck 44 pass from Bradshaw (Prull kick) (6:00 3rd)
D- Rutenbeck 3 pass from Bradshaw (Prull kick) (1:40 3rd)
BV- Cave 5 pass from Brown (Brown pass failed) (13:06 4th)
D- Acker 16 run (Prull kick) (5:22 4th)
BV- Brown 2 run (Stolen kick) (2:47 4th)
BV- FG Stolen 25 (0:58 4th)

Individual Leaders

Rushing — Dubuque: Acker 22-165-1, Sanders 5-37; Buena Vista: Barrett 30-184-1, Brown 7-15-1

Passing — Dubuque: Bradshaw 26-43-297-3; Buena Vista: Brown 14-24-124-2

Receiving — Dubuque: Anderson 10-101, Rutenbeck 6-90-3; Buena Vista: Henningsen 5-62-1, Cave 6-38-1

Attendance: 2,400

Central 21, Coe 7

PELLA, Iowa — Central’s suffocating, league-leading defense held Coe to just 144 total yards, seven first downs and no points. The Kohawks had averaged 460.1 yards the last three weeks. The Kohawk’s only touchdown came on Dylan Youel’s 40-yard interception return that cut the Dutch lead to 14-7 early in the second quarter. Coe QB Josh Rekers was just 5-of-20 for 25 yards and two interceptions. Central’s Josh Osborn ran 37 times for 199 yards and a touchdown. He also caught a pass for a touchdown. The result gave both teams 4-3 IIAC records.

Coe (7-3, 4-3) 0 7 0 0 — 7
Central (6-4, 4-3) 14 0 0 7 — 21

Ce- Osborn 25 run (Sheldon kick) (12:19 1st)
Ce- Boerm 20 pass from Eiseler (Sheldon kick) (7:45 1st)
Co- Youel 40 interception return (Anderson kick) (13:27 2nd)
Ce- Osborn 4 pass from Eiseler (Sheldon kick) (3:08 4th)

Individual Stats

Rushing — Coe: Storla 9-68, Mohs 13-40; Central: Osborn 37-199-1, Currie 5-29

Passing — Coe: Rekers 5-20-35, Sylvester 2-2-6; Central: Eiseler 11-18-90-2

Receiving — Coe: Juergens 3-15, Martinez 1-9; Central: Boerm 3-27-1, McArdle 3-25

Attendance: 2,000

Simpson 28, Luther 21

DECORAH, Iowa — Taylor Nelson’s 23-yard touchdown pass to Brad Vogel with 1:45 left broke a 21-21 tie and gave Simpson another dramatic victory as the senior QB-receiver combo hooked up one last time. Nelson and Vogel connected for three scores in the game. Nelson finished 19-of-35 for 242 yards and four touchdowns as well as a team-high 82 yards on the ground. Vogel caught eight passes for 126 yards and three touchdowns. Luther ran for 317 yards including Josh Vos’ 162 yards and two touchdowns and Alex Hain’s 89-yard run that opened the scoring at the end of the first quarter. The teams traded scores throughout with Luther holding leads of 7-0 and 14-7 and Simpson 21-14 and 28-21.

Simpson (7-3, 5-2) 0 7 14 7 — 28
Luther (2-8, 1-6) 7 7 7 0 — 21

L- Hain 89 run (Maher kick) (0:23 1st)
S- Vogel 8 pass from Nelson (Schaaf kick) (5:27 2nd)
L- Vos 15 run (Maher kick) (0:56 2nd)
S- McCulley 7 pass from Nelson (Schaaf kick) (7:19 3rd)
S- Vogel 16 pass from Nelson (Schaaf kick) (5:18 3rd)
L- Vos 12 run (Maher kick) (1:18 3rd)
S- Vogel 23 pass from Nelson (Schaaf kick) (1:45 4th)

Individual Leaders

Rushing — Simpson: Nelson 20-82, Beem 8-27; Luther: Vos 26-162-2, Hain 5-104-1

Passing — Simpson: Nelson 19-35-242-4; Luther: Smallwood 6-11-114

Receiving — Simpson: Vogel 8-126-3, Olson 3-42; Luther: Jaronik 3-101, Ukabiala 1-17

Playoffs

Wartburg figured to be the only Iowa Conference team in the playoffs with the automatic bid and all other conference teams having at least three losses. That assumption was correct and the Knights will be on the road in the first round.

Wartburg will take on No. 14 Illinois Wesleyan (9-1), which received an at-large bid out the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin, Saturday at noon.

Final Regular Season Rankings

Wartburg is the only Iowa Conference team receiving votes (13) in the final regular season edition of the d3football.com poll. The Knights are eight spots outside the top 25. The final poll will be released after the Stagg Bowl in December.

The top six of Mount Union (10-0), Linfield (9-0), Mary Hardin-Baylor (10-0), North Central (Ill.) (10-0), UW-Whitewater (10-0) and Bethel (10-0) remained the same.

Joining Linfield, UW-Whitewater and Bethel as West Region teams ranked are No. 7 UW-Platteville (9-1), No. 11 UW-Oshkosh (8-2) — the highest ranked team to miss the playoffs — No. 13 Pacific Lutheran (8-1), No. 16 St. Thomas (8-2) and No. 22 Concordia-Moorhead (8-2). Redlands, Willamette, Pacific and St. John’s are also receiving votes.

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