October 9, 2010

Knights remain unbeaten, topple BV

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STORM LAKE – Wartburg College's 28-0 Iowa Conference win at Buena Vista's J. Leslie Rollins Stadium helped lead head coach Rick Willis to a milestone.

The victory, which lifted the 2010 Knights to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the IIAC, was Willis' 100th. In his 12th season at the helm of the Orange and Black, he reached triple figures quicker than any other head coach in the IIAC's 88-year history.

"The biggest thing about this is that it's a tribute to Wartburg and the opportunities they've given our program to build," he said. "It also speaks to the hard work, dedication and commitment from all the players over the years."

The Knights turned to their defense again during a warm afternoon on the banks of Storm Lake. Wartburg picked off Buena Vista quarterbacks Bo Darrow and Nick Larson four times with one of them from sophomore defensive back Garrett McGrane of Fairbanks going to the house in the third period for an 18-yard touchdown. The Orange and Black "D" held their hosts to 233 yards with senior defensive back Andrew Creary of Knoxville leading the way in tackles (12). McGrane added 10, and senior John Mallen of Britt and junior linebacker Ben Rector of Carlisle each recorded a sack.

 "It's a big step for our defense to come together and play solid football for four quarters," Creary said. "We're hoping to keep this going as move forward this season."

Junior defensive back Josh VanDenHul of North Sioux City, S.D., helped break up a scoreless tie midway through the second period with an interception and return to the Beavers' nine-yard line. Sophomore running back Reese Thompson broke through an otherwise stingy BV defensive front and went in from four yards out for a 7-0 advantage. Wartburg wouldn't look back.

"We needed someone to step up in the second quarter, after a choppy start to the game, and it was Josh (VanDenHul)," Willis said. "He made a big play with the interception in the second quarter. It was huge, giving us an offensive opportunity deep in Buena Vista's end. Garrett's interception was also big for us."

Junior quarterback Dan Stiefel of Sterling Heights, Mich., increased the Knights' string of consecutive 100-yard-plus passing games to 38 with an 18-of-30 effort for 196 yards and a touchdown. He dished the ball out to various targets with senior Matt Gustafson of Faribault, Minn., taking in seven catches, senior Jason Roskam of Sioux Center ending with four receptions, and senior Matt Wickert of Memphis, Mo., getting three receptions and the touchdown strike. Junior Levi Helbling of Malvern also had three catches.

Wartburg, ranked No. 24 by the American Football Coaches Association, turns its attention to another important league road trip Saturday, Oct. 16, at Coe College's Clark Field in Cedar Rapids. The Knights and the top-10 ranked Kohawks kickoff at 1 p.m. in a battle of league unbeatens.

Notes – Wartburg's 5-0 start is its best since the 2003 squad went unbeaten through the regular season. … The Knights' defense has recorded multiple interceptions in each of its five games and has recovered an opponent fumble in all five contests as well.

Sep. 1: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Coast Guard at Anna Maria
7:00 PM
Defiance at Baldwin Wallace
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7:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Johns Hopkins
7:30 PM
Trine at Manchester
Live Stats
8:00 PM
Millsaps at Belhaven
Sep. 2: All times Eastern
TBA
Muhlenberg at Wilkes
6:00 PM
Mass-Dartmouth at Mount Ida
6:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Wesley
7:00 PM
N.C. Wesleyan at Stevenson
7:00 PM
Western New England at Springfield
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Fitchburg State at Becker
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Albright at Salisbury
7:00 PM
WPI at MIT
7:00 PM
Salve Regina at Worcester State
7:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Curry
7:00 PM
Morrisville State at St. Lawrence
10:00 PM
Adrian at Pacific
Sep. 3: All times Eastern
TBA
Endicott at Framingham State
TBA
Wisconsin Lutheran at Trinity Int'l
TBA
UW-Platteville at George Fox
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12:00 PM
Washington U. at Carnegie Mellon
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12:00 PM
Chicago at Case Western Reserve
12:00 PM
Husson at Alfred
12:00 PM
SUNY-Maritime at Maine Maritime
Video
12:00 PM
Cortland at Heidelberg
12:00 PM
Otterbein at Buffalo State
12:00 PM
Ursinus at Bethany
12:00 PM
Sewanee at Kenyon
1:00 PM
King's at Moravian
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1:00 PM
Kean at Christopher Newport
1:00 PM
McDaniel at Catholic
1:00 PM
Lebanon Valley at Franklin and Marshall
1:00 PM
Plymouth State at Castleton
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1:00 PM
RPI at Norwich
1:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Dickinson
1:00 PM
Oberlin at Kalamazoo
1:00 PM
Emory and Henry at Ferrum
1:00 PM
Wooster at Washington and Jefferson
1:00 PM
Alfred State at William Paterson
1:00 PM
St. Vincent at Alma
1:00 PM
Concordia (Wis.) at Finlandia
1:00 PM
Olivet at St. John Fisher
1:00 PM
Rowan at Widener
1:00 PM
Hobart at Brockport
1:00 PM
Union at Ithaca
1:00 PM
Susquehanna at Lycoming
1:00 PM
Utica at Misericordia
1:00 PM
The Apprentice School at Methodist
1:00 PM
TCNJ at UW-Whitewater
1:30 PM
Wilmington at Bluffton
1:30 PM
Monmouth at Hope
1:30 PM
Bridgewater at Gettysburg
1:30 PM
Muskingum at Waynesburg
1:30 PM
Juniata at Grove City
2:00 PM
Lakeland at Carroll
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2:00 PM
UW-Stevens Point at St. Norbert
2:00 PM
Austin at Hendrix
2:00 PM
Maranatha Baptist at Martin Luther
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2:00 PM
Millikin at Greenville
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2:00 PM
Eureka at Knox
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2:00 PM
MacMurray at Rockford
2:00 PM
Gustavus Adolphus at Westminster (Mo.)
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2:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at Luther
2:00 PM
Beloit at Lake Forest
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Jamestown
2:00 PM
Crown at Hamline
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2:00 PM
Carleton at Macalester
2:00 PM
Bethel at Dubuque
2:00 PM
St. Scholastica at St. John's
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2:00 PM
St. Olaf at Grinnell
2:00 PM
Buena Vista at Mayville St.
2:00 PM
Simpson at UW-Stout
2:00 PM
Aurora at Carthage
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at Coe
2:00 PM
Ripon at Concordia-Chicago
2:00 PM
Elmhurst at Loras
2:00 PM
Huntingdon at Louisiana College
2:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Robert Morris-Chicago
2:00 PM
Benedictine at Wheaton (Ill.)
2:00 PM
John Carroll at UW-Oshkosh
2:30 PM
Southern Virginia at Earlham
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2:30 PM
Lawrence at Presentation
4:00 PM
La Verne at Puget Sound
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4:00 PM
Central at Whitworth
5:00 PM
Hartwick at Western Connecticut
6:00 PM
Wabash at Albion
6:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.) at Berry
6:00 PM
Augustana at Mount St. Joseph
6:00 PM
Thomas More at Franklin
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6:00 PM
Hampden-Sydney at Averett
6:00 PM
Redlands at Trinity (Texas)
7:00 PM
Marietta at Denison
7:00 PM
Hiram at Westminster (Pa.)
7:00 PM
Thiel at Allegheny
7:00 PM
Capital at Wittenberg
7:00 PM
Shenandoah at Gallaudet
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7:00 PM
Illinois College at Rose-Hulman
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7:00 PM
Geneva at Frostburg State
7:00 PM
Nichols at Westfield State
7:00 PM
Greensboro at Guilford
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7:00 PM
LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern
7:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Southwestern
7:00 PM
Anderson at North Park
7:00 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Mary Hardin-Baylor
7:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Texas Lutheran
7:10 PM
St. Thomas at UW-Eau Claire
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7:30 PM
Hanover at Centre
8:00 PM
Willamette at Rhodes
8:00 PM
Cornell at Iowa Wesleyan
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8:00 PM
Augsburg at Northwestern (Minn.)
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8:00 PM
Southwestern Assemblies at Howard Payne
8:00 PM
Sul Ross State at UT-Permian Basin
Dec. 18: All times Eastern
Final
Mount Union 49, at St. Thomas 35
@ Salem, Va.
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