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Butler Bulldogs Drop Home Game Against San Diego

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Butler Bulldogs were unable to pick up their first Pioneer Football League win of the 2016 season on Saturday, October 1. The San Diego Toreros built an early 14-0 lead to propel to a 44-10 victory at the Butler Bowl. With the win, San Diego improves to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the PFL. Butler falls to 2-3 (0-2 PFL).

The Toreros had 526 yards on the afternoon, led by 326 yards passing from QB Anthony Lawrence and 128 yards on the ground from RB Jonah Hodges.

Photo: Butler Athletics/Butler Bulldogs
Photo: Butler Athletics/Butler Bulldogs

After a 92-yard opening drive that ended with a Tevin Heyward 1-yard touchdown plunge, San Diego put together quick-hitting drive that culminated in a 32-yard connection from Anthony Lawrence that Brian Riley hauled in with one hand. The two straight touchdowns came in the first two San Diego possessions while the Bulldogs opened with three straight three-and-outs. Butler didn’t pick up a first down until the second quarter during its fourth possession of the game.

Leading 17-0 at the half, San Diego used three touchdowns within a six-minute period late in the third quarter leading into the fourth quarter to take a commanding lead.

Redshirt sophomore QB Will Marty got his first career start under center in a Butler uniform. He had 177 yards through the air, including a 13-yard connection with redshirt junior TE Cord Collier in the fourth quarter for his first career touchdown toss. Marty connected with sophomore WR Pace Temple seven times for 94 yards. Marty finished with 177 yards on a 15-of-39 passing performance with a touchdown and an interception. Marty also had 24 yards on three rushing attempts and a lost fumble.

Redshirt sophomore CB Mike Cerone had a team high nine tackles and an interception for the Bulldogs.

Butler returns to action Saturday (Oct. 8) with another PFL contest at the Butler Bowl. The 1 p.m. game against Marist is also Homecoming on the Butler campus.

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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