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Butler Bulldogs Earn First Win of Season Against Franklin

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Butler Bulldogs, looking for their first win of the 2017 football season, traveled to Faught Stadium to face the Franklin Grizzlies on Saturday, September 9. Butler generated 501 total yards of offense and had the ball for nearly 45 minutes of the game in a 43-24 win. The Bulldogs now sit at 1-1 on the season.

Butler redshirt junior QB Will Marty threw for 313 yards and three touchdowns, with eight of his completions to All-PFL junior WR Pace Temple. Temple turned those eight catches into a career-best 156 yards and a touchdown. Marty’s passing total was one yard shy of his career-high set last season against Marist.

Franklin was able to match the aerial numbers of the Bulldogs, which led to the visitors taking control of the game on the ground.

Butler had 53 rushing attempts that resulted in 170 yards. Redshirt senior captain RB Duvante Lane had 117 yards and two touchdowns on his 26 carries. The Bulldogs possessed the ball for 44:21 of game action, converting nine of 17 third downs and all three of their fourth-down attempts.

Photo: Butler Athletics/Butler Redshirt Senior RB Duvante Lane

A safety and a Lane two-yard touchdown run gave the Bulldogs a 9-0 lead less than five minutes into the contest. Franklin QB Chase Burton threw the first of his three touchdowns two minutes later to pull the Grizzlies within 9-6. Burton had 329 passing yards for Franklin (0-2).

The next three scores – touchdown catches by Temple and redshirt senior TE Cord Collier followed by a field goal from sophomore K Drew Bevelhimer extended the lead to 26-6.

Redshirt sophomore WR Brad Sznadjer would send the Bulldogs into the locker room with a 33-16 lead, catching a 17-yard touchdown pass from Marty with 1:17 left in the half.

After 49 points in the first half, the teams would combine for only 21 in the second half, including a scoreless fourth quarter as Butler was able to ice the 43-24 win.

For the second game in a row, senior captain S Isaak Newhouse led the team in tackles with nine stops. Redshirt sophomore DB Luke Sennett added seven tackles.

The Bulldogs open the portion of the 2017 season Saturday, hosting Taylor at 6:30 p.m. The game under the lights will also include a pregame ceremony as the Butler Bowl is officially renamed the Sellick Bowl in honor of Bud and Jackie Sellick.

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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