St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 14, 2017 – The Washington University in St. Louis football team snapped a four-game losing streak with a 55-20 win over Buena Vista University Saturday at Francis Field in St. Louis.
WashU limited Buena Vista to a season-low 317 yards of total offense, including 38 rushing yards on 33 carries. Junior defensive back Chandler Elmore made a career-high 11 tackles (seven solo) to lead the defensive unit.
The Bears snapped a four-game losing streak to improve to 2-5, while Buena Vista fell to 3-3.
Sophomore defensive lineman Michael Prescott scored a pair of touchdowns in the win for WashU. Prescott had a fumble recovery in the end zone in the second quarter, and then recovered a fumble and scampered 20 yards for a TD in the fourth.
WashU jumped out to a 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter after sophomore John Fisher and senior David Nees found the end zone. WashU had 150 yards of total offense in the opening quarter, and was 2-of-2 on fourth down.
Prescott jumped on a fumble in the end zone midway through the second quarter to push WashU's lead to 21-0. After a three-and-out, sophomore quarterback Johnny Davidson found senior tight end Mark McMillin open for a three-yard TD reception to extend the lead to 28-0.
WashU held a 28-7 halftime advantage, limiting Buena Vista to three rushing yards. Davidson was 16-of-20 for 121 yards and a TD.
The Bears added a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter after Davidson scampered in from 17 yards and tossed a five-yard touchdown pass to McMillin to make it 41-7.
Prescott added a 20-yard fumble return for a TD in the fourth, and then junior running back Logan Bash added a one-yard TD run to round out the scoring.
Davidson totaled 242 yards of total offense in the win. He completed 23-of-31 for 173 yards and two TDs and also ran for 69 yards on four carries and a TD.
Freshman wide receiver Nick Cione had four catches for 52 yards, and also returned four punts for 118 yards (29.5 average). Cione had a 51-yard punt return in the fourth quarter.
WashU has a bye week before returning to action on Saturday, Oct, 28, at No. 16-ranked Case Western Reserve University (6-0, 1-0 UAA).
BEAR NOTEBOOK: WashU and Buena Vista met for the first time in school history … The Bears are 2-3 at home this season … WashU has allowed just 10 points in the last six games in the third quarter … Senior wide receiver Marcus Ramspott had two receptions to increase his career total to 119, seventh most in school history … The 175 rushing yards tied a season high … The Bears did not turn the ball over for the second time this season, and were 6-of-12 on third downs.