INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Butler Bulldogs, looking for their fourth consecutive Pioneer Football League win, traveled to face the Dayton Flyers on Saturday, October 28. A second-half comeback led Dayton to a 27-22 win as the Flyers outscored Butler, 17-0, over the final 30 minutes of play. With the result, Butler falls to 5-4 on the season, while Dayton improves to 4-5. Both teams are 3-3 in PFL play.
Butler took a 22-10 halftime lead behind three touchdowns by redshirt senior RB Sam Schrader. He had a pair of 1-yard scoring runs in addition to connecting with redshirt junior RB Anthony Scaccia on a 21-yard scoring strike.
After pulling within two points midway through the third quarter, Dayton would take the 27-22 lead on a two-yard touchdown pass from Alex Jeske to Adam Trautman with 9:20 to play.
Butler’s final two possessions ended in interceptions, including a pick by the Dayton defense on 2nd and 10 at the Dayton 12 with 0:37 seconds remaining on the clock.
Butler redshirt junior QB Will Marty threw for 267 yards on an 18-of-28 performance and two interceptions. Schrader added 50 yards through the air on a 5-of-8 performance with an interception and a touchdown pass in addition to 67 rushing yards on 17 carries and two rushing touchdowns.
Junior WR Pace Temple had another big day for the Bulldogs, collecting 126 yards on seven receptions.
Butler had an advantage in first downs (26 to 19) and total yards (478 to 314), but was done in by a season-high three turnovers. The Bulldogs entered the game third in FCS in fewest turnovers committed.
Jeske had 172 yards passing and a touchdown for Dayton. He added 69 yards rushing and touchdown on the ground.
Senior S Isaac Newhouse led Butler with nine tackles, including seven solo stops. Senior LB Ethan Brunhofer added eight and redshirt senior DL Chad Burdo had a sack for the Butler defense.
The Bulldogs return to action Saturday (Nov. 4), traveling to Stetson for a PFL match-up. The final regular season contest is slated for the Sellick Bowl on Nov. 11, when Valparaiso makes the trip to Indianapolis for the annual Hoosier Helmet Bowl game.
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