INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Butler Bulldogs picked up their first Pioneer Football League victory of the 2016 season on Saturday, October 15. A 29 yard field goal by freahman K Drew Bevelhimer at the end of regulation gave Butler a 20-17 come-from-behind win over the Davidson Wildcats in North Carolina. The Bulldogs are now 3-4 overall and 1-3 in PFL play. Davidson falls to 2-5 (0-4 PFL).
Butler has now won the last six match-ups with Davidson. Butler head coach Jeff Voris is now 6-2 against Davidson.
Bevelhimer’s heroics were set up by an interception by redshirt senior S Zach LaRoche with the pick coming on the goalline. Davidson had driven all the way to the Bulldogs’ nine with the tie scored at 17 before LaRoche’s takeaway. He returned it to the 20 and handed the ball to the Butler offense with 2:31 to play.
Redshirt senior QB Malcolm Weaver orchestrated the winning drive, including converting a 4th and 3 at the Davidson 31 with 44 seconds to play. That 17-yard connection to sophomore WR Pace Temple put Butler in position for the win.
Butler found itself in an early hole. On Davidson’s first play from scrimmage, QB Stockton McGuire found Cam Cheuvront for a 74-yard touchdown connection. McGuire then connected with Nick Nolting from eight yards out for a 14-0 lead with 10:16 remaining in the second quarter.
The Bulldogs cut the lead in half as redshirt sophomore QB Will Marty had a 25-yard touchdown strike to redshirt senior WR Danny Cotter with just under six minutes remaining in the half. The teams would take that 14-7 Davidson advantage to the locker room.
Weaver came in at quarterback in the second half and provided an immediate spark. He broke free for a 90-yard touchdown run on his third snap. Davidson had pinned the Bulldogs on their own 2 with a punt before Weaver found the endzone to tie the score.
The teams traded field goals for a 17-17 game midway through the fourth quarter prior to Bevelhimer’s game-winner.
Marty finished with 74 yards, a touchdown pass and an interception on 6-of-14 passing. Weaver went 7-of-11 through the air for 64 yards and an interception to go along with his 110 rushing yards in 30 minutes of action. Redshirt junior RB Duvante Lane had 59 yards rushing on 13 carries. Cotter led the Bulldogs with a team high three receptions and 54 yards.
Butler’s defense gave up 132 yards rushing and 273 yards passing against Davidson. Junior LB Ethan Brunhofer led the Bulldogs with nine tackles.
For the host Wildcats, McGuire threw for 273 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
The Bulldogs return to action Saturday (Oct. 22) at the Butler Bowl, hosting Dayton at 1 p.m. It’s also Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day. ButlerSports.com will have a live video stream of the game.
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