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Butler Bulldogs Fall Against Marist on Homecoming

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Butler Bulldogs were unable to hold the lead for a victory on Homecoming Weekend on Saturday at the Butler Bowl. Ten fourth-quarter points gave the Marist Red Foxes a 30-21 come-from-behind victory over Butler in a game that saw redshirt sophomore QB Will Marty throw for a career-high 314 yards. Butler falls to 2-4, 0-3 in Pioneer Football League play as Marist is now 2-3 overall and 2-0 in the PFL.

Marty connected on 23 of 42 attempts for 314 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Seven of those completions went to sophomore WR Pace Temple. Those seven catches – all in the first half – accounted for 110 yards and a touchdown. Temple entered the contest leading the PFL in receiving yards.

Marist QB Mike White matched Marty throw for throw, registering 393 yards on the afternoon. He had three touchdowns through the air.

Marty got the Bulldogs on the scoreboard first, connecting with redshirt junior TE Cord Collier on a 5-yard touchdown pass in the closing seconds of the first quarter. Marist answered on the first play of the second quarter as White found Juston Christian from 25 yards out.

Photo: Butler Athletics/Redshirt Sophomore QB Will Marty
Photo: Butler Athletics/Redshirt Sophomore QB Will Marty

Temple’s 7-yard touchdown reception midway through the second quarter gave Butler a 14-6 lead before Marist capitalized on several Butler penalties and a turnover to score the final 14 points of the half.

The Bulldogs committed 13 penalties for 111 yards on the afternoon, with several negating big plays on both sides of the ball.

Butler re-took the lead, 21-20, with five minutes remaining in the third quarter as redshirt junior RB Sam Schrader scored from one yard out. The quick four-play drive featured a 60-yard connection to Collier to set up the Bulldogs at the 1.

Marist converted a 45-yard field goal after an 11-play drive stalled with 10:40 to play, retaking the lead, 23-21. A Juston Christian 37-yard touchdown catch with five minutes to play established the final score as Butler’s final four drives ended with two punts and two turnovers on downs.

Neither team was able to muster much of a running game as Butler’s defense held Marist to 55 yards on 33 attempts. The Bulldogs had 40 yards rushing on 24 carries.

Junior LB Ethan Brunhofer had a game-high 12 tackles for Butler, which also got two sacks from redshirt senior DT Jordan Ransone. The Bulldogs’ special teams were able to block a Marist field goal attempt, a PAT, and a punt.

The Bulldogs return to action Saturday (Oct. 15) with a noon start at Davidson.

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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