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Butler Bulldogs Drop PFL Opener at Campbell in Overtime

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Butler Bulldogs opened up Pioneer Football League play on Saturday on the road against the Campbell Camels. A 25-yard touchdown run in overtime by DeShawn Jones lifted Campbell to a 33-27 win. The Fighting Camels improve to 3-1 on the season, while Butler falls to 2-2.

Campbell held the lead until a 22 yard field goal by freshman K Drew Bevelhimer tied the game at 20 with 13:39 to play. Campbell would quickly answer with a Jared Joyner touchdown to retake a 27-20 advantage.

With 4:10 remaining on the clock, Butler would use some trickery as redshirt junior RB Sam Schrader passed the ball to redshirt senior QB Malcolm Weaver for a 3-yard touchdown, knotting the game at 27.

Photo: Butler Athletics/Malcolm Weaver
Photo: Butler Athletics/Malcolm Weaver

The teams would trade punts before junior LB Ethan Brunhofer intercepted an Elijah Burress pass at the Butler 35 with 30 seconds remaining. The turnover not only stopped the Campbell drive; it gave the Bulldogs an opportunity to win. Weaver and sophomore WR Pace Temple connected twice for a total of 32 yards, which set up a 50-yard field goal attempt at the end of regulation. The kick was no good and the teams went to the extra session.

Three incomplete passes and a holding call that negated a 15-yard scamper by Weaver meant that Butler was unable to convert any points in overtime. Campbell then got their turn from the 25 and Jones found the endzone on the first play from scrimmage.

Campbell had a slight 394-359 advantage in total yards, with 248 of those yards coming on the ground. Saturday’s match-up brought together the PFL’s top two ranked offenses entering league play. The Bulldogs had a slight edge in both time of possession (32:12 to 27:48) and first downs (24-21).

Weaver connected on 14-of-37 attempts for 194 yards and an interceptoni and ran for 35. He had a rushing touchdown and had the three-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. Temple had a career-high 128 yards on six receptions. Redshirt junior RB Duvante Lane led the Butler ground attack with 17 attempts 75 yards and one touchdown.

Jones had 174 yards rushing for Campbell. He and Joyner each had two touchdowns.

In addition to his interception, Brunhofer led Butler with 10 tackles. Redshirt senior LB Sean Horan and redshirt senior DB Zach LaRoche each had nine. Redshirt junior LB Dylan Banks had a sack for the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs return to the Butler Bowl on Saturday, Oct. 1, hosting San Diego in a PFL contest. The 1 p.m. game will be streamed live on ButlerSports.com.

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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