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Butler Bulldogs Hand Jacksonville First PFL Loss at the Sellick Bowl

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Butler Bulldogs, looking to capitalize off a dominating performance last weekend, returned home to host the Jacksonville Dolphins at the Sellick Bowl on Saturday, October 14th. Behind a combined four touchdowns and 172 rushing yards from redshirt senior RBs Duvante Lane and Sam Schrader, the Bulldogs tamed the top scoring and rushing offense in the Pioneer Football League with a 37-22 win. The Bulldogs are now 2-2 in PFL play and 4-3 overall. Jacksonville suffers its first PFL loss of the season (2-1) and is 4-2 on the year.

Jacksonville opened the game with the ball at its own 31-yard line. A 27-yard pass from redshirt senior QB Rylan Wells to sophomore RB Keenan Simpson set the Dolphins up with a 1st and 10 at the Butler 40. But the Bulldogs forced the Dolphins back on a 3rd and 10 run to force 4th and 11 and a punt.

The Bulldogs took over at their own 19-yard line before a false start pushed them back to a 1st and 15 to the BU 14-yard line. Redshirt senior RB Duvante Lane gained 12 yards on 1st and 15 and later converted the 3rd and 2 with a three-yard run to the BU 30-yard line. Another false start on Butler on first down moved the ball back to the BU 25 before redshirt junior RB Anthony Scaccia rushed for 15 yards on 2nd and 10 to the BU 45-yard line. Following a pass by redshirt junior QB Will Marty for negative four yards, redshirt senior RB Sam Schrader stepped in to complete a 41-yard pass to redshirt sophomore RB Brad Sznajder. The play was topped off with a nine-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Jacksonville and set the Bulldogs up with a 1st and Goal at the JU 9-yard line. A rush for a loss of three yards by Lane set Butler up with 2nd and Goal at the JU 12-yard line before two straight completions set Butler up with a 4th and Inches. It was Sam Schrader who converted the 4th down play and punched the ball in for the touchdown. Following the PAT by sophomore K Drew Bevelhimer, Butler took an early 7-0 lead.

Starting at its own 22-yard line, Jacksonville marched its way to the JU 43-yard line. On 4th and 5 at the JU 48 yard-line, Rylan Wells kept the ball for an 18-yard run down to the BU 34. Faced with another 4th down, Jacksonville converted the 4th and 1 at the BU 25 with a 12-yard pass to the Butler 13 yard-line to end the first quarter. On 3rd and 1 at the BU 4, Keenan Simpson found the endzone for the touchdown. The Dolphins decided to go for two as redshirt freshman RB Lamar Washington converted to give Jacksonville the 8-7 lead.

An illegal substitution penalty on 3rd and 3 on Butler’s next drive forced a 3rd and 8 and a three-and-out following a 4th and 3 punt.

Jacksonville’s next possession started at its own 39 yard-line. On 2nd and 7, Wells completed a 21-yard pass to Keenan Simpson to move the ball to the BU 37. An 11-yard rush by redshirt junior RB Jamal Adjamah on 2nd and 2 moved the Dolphins into the redzone at the BU 18. A five-yard rush by senior LB Jake Brito on 3rd and 2 set up a 1st and Goal at the BU 5. A pass interference call on first down moved the ball to the 2-yard line before sophomore RB Irvin Riley punched it in for the score on the next play. The score gave Jacksonville a 15-7 lead over Butler with 8:28 remaining in the half.

After starting at the BU 25-yard line, Sam Schrader broke a 30-yard run on 2nd and 10 to set Butler up with a 1st and 10 at the JU 45. Schrader gained seven yards on 2nd and 7 to give Butler another first down at the JU 35-yard line. On 3rd and 4 at the JU 39, Duvante Lane broke an 18-yard run to move the ball to the JU 11-yard line. A Schrader 6-yard run set up a 2nd and 4 at the JU 5 before Schrader finished the drive off with his second touchdown run. The 2-point conversion attempt failed and set the score at 15-13 in favor of Jacksonville.

Following an illegal block penalty on Jacksonville during the kickoff return, the Dolphins set up at their own 12-yard line. But Wells complete back-to-back passes of 11 and 27 yards to move the Dolphins to the 50 yard-line. The Dolphins continued to move the chains to the BU 28-yard line before a holding penalty negated a huge Jacksonville play on 2nd and 7 and moved the ball back to the BU 35-yard line. The Butler defense held strong and forced a 52-yard field goal attempt on 4th and 17. The attempt hit the crossbar and bounced no-good.

Photo: Butler Athletics/Butler Redshirt Senior Running Back Sam Schrader

On 1st and 10 at the BU 35, Will Marty hit junior WR Pace Temple for 19 yards. Marty followed that up with back-to-back passes to Anthony Scaccia for gains of eight and five respectively to give Butler a new set of downs at the JU 33. On 2nd and 10, Marty again found Temple for a gain of 15 yards to give Butler a 1st and 10 at the JU 18 with 0:37 remaining in the second quarter. On the very next play, Marty went back to the reliable Temple for an 18-yard touchdown strike. The extra point gave Butler a 20-15 lead with 0:29 remaining in the first half. Jacksonville ran the ball to end the half following the Butler score.

Butler started the second half with the ball at its own 22-yard line. With the help of a Jacksonville offsides penalty, the Bulldogs kept the ball moving into Jacksonville territory with a 1st and 10 at the JU 49. On 2nd and 6 at the JU 45, Schrader ripped off a 16-yard run which was immediately followed up by a 12-yard run by Scaccia to move the ball to the JU 17. A one-yard loss on 3rd and 8 by Schrader led to a 33-yard field goal attempt on 4th and 9. Drew Bevelhimer knocked it good to give Butler a 23-15 lead.

The Butler defense forced Jacksonville’s second punt and first three-and-out of the day on the next possession before taking control at the BU 40-yard line. Marty went to Temple on back-to-back plays for gains of 19 and 12 respectively to set Butler up with a 1st and 10 at the JU 29. On 1st and 10, Jacksonville was called for a pass interference penalty to move the ball 15 yards to the JU 14. On 3rd and 2 at the JU 6, Sam Schrader pounded his way for his third rushing touchdown of the day. The score and extra point gave Butler a 30-15 lead with 5:06 remaining in the third quarter.

But the Dolphins were not ready to flop over. On 1st and 10 at the JU 25, redshirt sophomore RB Daryl Norwood ran for a gain of 12 and a gain of 10 on 2nd and 12 two plays later. The Dolphins converted a 3rd and 2 with a 2-yard rush before converting a 4th and 1 at the BU 44 with a 3-yard run. On 1st and 10 at the BU 41, Washington hit for a 23-yard run to set the Dolphins up with a 1st and 10 at the BU 18. A 15-yard pass by Wells on the next play gave Jacksonville a 1st and Goal at the BU 3 as the third quarter came to an end. On 3rd and Goal at the BU 2, Lamar Washington found the endzone as the score went to 30-22 in favor of Butler with 14:24 remaining in the game.

The Bulldogs received a huge special teams boost on the ensuing kickoff as freshman WR Cam Cooper busted a 41-yard return to the BU 41. Duvante Lane converted a 3rd and 4 at the BU 47 with a five-yard run to keep the clock ticking. After a two-yard loss on a run by Scaccia, the Bulldogs were set up with a 3rd and 12 at the 50 yard-line. After an 11-yard pass to Pace Temple, the Bulldogs turned to their bruising redshirt senior RB Duvante Lane to close the game. Lane picked up 13 yards on a 4th and 1 run to move the ball to the JU 26. After a five-yard Lane run on the next play, Lane went into “Beast-Mode” and carried defenders into the endzone on a 21-yard run on 2nd and 5. The big-time score gave Butler a 37-22 advantage with 8:54 remaining.

The Bulldog defense looked for a big stop as Jacksonville took over at the JU 27. Wells completed a 16-yard pass to redshirt junior WR Nic Duch on 3rd and 6 to move the ball to the JU 47. A Jacksonville false start on 3rd and 3 set the Dolphins up with a 3rd and 8 at the JU 49, but Lamar Washington ripped off a 29-yard run to move the ball to the Butler 22. The Dolphins were able to move the chains on a three-yard run for a 1st and 10 at the BU 12. A false start on Lamar Washington on 3rd and 6 moved the Dolphins back to 3rd and 11 at the BU 13. On 4th and 9 at the BU 11, Wells pass fell incomplete to give the ball back to Butler.

The Bulldogs took over at their own 11-yard line with 4:10 remaining in the game. On 2nd and 7, Marty decided to call his own number and scorched the Jacksonville defense with a 22-yard run to the BU 36. A four-yard run by Brad Sznajder on 3rd and 5 at the BU 41 set Butler with a 4th and 1 with 2:19 remaining. The Bulldogs once again went to their senior captain and power-back Lane as he converted the 4th and 1 with a 2-yard run to seal the game. The Bulldogs were able to kneel out the clock for the 37-22 win.

Butler had 232 yards rushing, just 10 yards shy of Jacksonville’s total despite 10 fewer carries. The Dolphins entered the contest leading the PFL in both scoring (39.6 points per game) and rushing yards (318 per game). Butler’s defense held them to 22 points and 242 yards rushing.

Butler won the battle of time of possession (31:04) and had 25 first downs to 22 by Jacksonville.

Redshirt senior RB Duvante Lane was a big part of that with 98 yards rushing on 16 carries and a touchdown as Butler’s offensive line opened holes throughout the day. Redshirt senior RB Sam Schrader finished with 74 rushing yards on 10 carries for three touchdowns. Schrader also had 41 yards passing on a 1-of-2 day.

Redshirt junior QB Will Marty connected on 19-of-23 attempts for 150 yards and a touchdown. Junior WR Pace Temple finished with 94 yards and a touchdown on six receptions.

Sophomore LB Mason Brunner led the Butler defense with a game high 15 tackles. Senior S Isaak Newhouse had 13 stops, including a game high 10 solo tackles. Redshirt junior CB Mike Cerone and senior LB Ethan Brunhofer each had eight tackles.

Lamar Washington and Rylan Wells each had 63 yards rushing for the Dolphins. Wells also had 140 yards passing.

The Bulldogs continue a two-game homestand next Saturday, hosting the first place Campbell Camels at 1 p.m. as part of Homecoming Weekend at Butler.

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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