INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Butler Bulldogs, looking for their first Pioneer Football League win this season, took to the road to face the Morehead State Eagles at Jayne Stadium on Saturday, October 7. Butler brought a overpowering rushing attack that featured 253 yards and three different Bulldogs accounting for six touchdowns in the 44-6 win. Butler improves to 3-3 overall on the season and is now 1-2 in PFL play. Morehead State is 2-4 (1-2 PFL).
Redshirt senior RB Duvante Lane finished 99 yards rushing on 14 carries and three touchdowns. It was his backfield mate, redshirt junior RB Anthony Scaccia, who registered the first two touchdowns of the game, scoring from two yards and 19 yards in the first quarter for the 14-0 lead. Scaccia had 45 rushing yards on 10 carries and 35 receiving yards on five completions.
Lane’s 32-yard touchdown run with 54 seconds remaining in the first half sent the teams to halftime with the Bulldogs leading, 24-0. The lead grew to 44-0 early in the fourth quarter after a three-yard scoring run from redshirt senior RB Sam Schrader and two more touchdowns by Lane.
Behind the running game, Butler held the ball for 38:25 in the contest. The Bulldogs’ defense attributed to that by causing seven fumbles (recovering five), grabbing an interception, and registering four sacks. Those turnovers led to 20 Butler points.
Redshirt sophomore LB Xavier Colvin recorded two sacks, five tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Senior S Isaak Newhouse led the Bulldogs with nine tackles, while redshirt senior DL Zach Bacon and senior LB Ethan Brunhofer each added sacks. Bacon’s resulted in a fumble, while Brunhofer caused two fumbles. Redshirt freshman LB Austin Lewis picked up the first interception of his Butler career in the closing minute of the game.
Butler redshirt junior QB Will Marty threw for 176 yards on a 11-of-21 performance. Marty connected with junior WR Pace Temple three times for 75 yards.
The Bulldogs had 25 first downs compared to 14 for the host Eagles and had a 437-230 advantage in total yards. Butler scored on five of six trips to the red zone, including four touchdowns.
The Bulldogs return to Indianapolis to host PFL foe Jacksonville on Saturday (Oct. 14) at the Sellick Bowl. The game is scheduled for a noon kick-off.
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