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Butler Bulldogs Drop Final Game of the Season to San Diego

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Butler Bulldogs ended their 2015 football campaign with much suspense as the San Diego Toreros were able to stop a two-point conversion attempt in the closing seconds to secure a 28-27 win. Redshirt senior QB Matt Shiltz threw for 388 yards for the Bulldogs, who finish the season at 6-5 and 4-4 in Pioneer Football League play.

After a San Diego touchdown put the Toreros up 28-21 midway through the third quarter, Butler responded with a 15-play, 80-yard drive that ended in a Butler fumble recovery for a touchdown. Butler Head Coach Jeff Voris and his Bulldogs went for the win, but unfortunately for the visitors, the conversion was intercepted. San Diego finishes at 9-2 and 7-1 in PFL play for a share of the league championship.

San Diego jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter behind a pair of touchdown passes before the Bulldogs responded early in the second with an 85-yard scoring drive. Shiltz hit redshirt junior WR Guy DiBalsamo on a 7-yard scoring strike that sent the game into halftime with a 14-7 San Diego advantage.

Photo: Butler Athletics/Matt Shiltz
Photo: Butler Athletics/Matt Shiltz

On the opening drive of the second half, Shiltz and DiBalsamo switched roles as DiBalsamo found the quarterback for a nine-yard touchdown throw. It was Shiltz’s second receiving touchdown of the season. The tie would not last long as San Diego returned the ensuing kick-off.

Once again, Butler would respond with a drive that was capped by a 16-yard touchdown reception by senior TE Zack Wolfe. San Diego’s go-ahead touchdown would follow for the 28-21 edge. Butler had four drives stall before the touchdown that set up the two-point attempt.

Shiltz’s 388 yards through the air were spread across a number of receivers. DiBalsamo had 131 yards, while redshirt junior WR Brandon Collins (90) and redshirt junior WR Danny Cotter (80) also approached 100 yards. Cotter had a game-high nine catches. Redshirt freshman RB John Hall had 75 yards rushing on just three carries, including a 70-yard sprint.

Redshirt junior LB Sean Horan had seven tackles and an interception for the Bulldogs.

San Diego had 322 yards through the air split between two quarterbacks.

Chris Fultz is a senior writer for the Indiana Sports Report and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by Butler Athletics and has full media access. Follow @CafultzISR and the @IndySportsRep on Twitter

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