INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Hoosier Helmet Trophy stays with the Butler Bulldogs after a 23-12 road victory over the Valparaiso Crusaders on Saturday afternoon in a rivalry game between the two Pioneer Football League teams. With the win, Butler improves to 4-5 overall and 2-4 in PFL play. The Crusaders are now 3-6 (2-4).
The Butler defense limited Valparaiso to 222 total yards and just 12 first downs. In contrast, Butler’s offense accumulated 446 yards. The Bulldogs had a 275-33 advantage in rushing yards with those 33 yards serving as a season-low for a Butler opponent.
Redshirt junior RB Duvante Lane had 156 yards rushing on 29 carries. Both figures were career-highs. Lane’s three-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter gave Butler a 20-12 lead.
Redshirt senior QB Malcolm Weaver had 171 yards passing on 12-of-21 attempts and one interception. Sophomore WR Pace Temple had a team high in receptions and yards with five for 125 yards.
Junior S Isaak Newhouse got Butler on the board first with a 46-yard interception return for a touchdown just two minutes into the first quarter. Valparaiso scored a touchdown a few minutes later, but the Bulldogs blocked the extra point. It was the first of two times that Butler was able to reject the PAT. That made a large difference as Butler kept the lead and was able to add a pair of field goals by freshman K Drew Bevelhimer to still have a 13-12 lead at the half.
Lane’s touchdown and another Bevelhimer field goal got the game to the final margin.
Redshirt sophomore CB Mike Cerone led the Bulldogs with 11 tackles and two pass break-ups. Redshirt senior LB Sean Horan added eight stops, including two for loss.
The Bulldogs return to action at home Saturday (Nov. 5) for a 1 p.m. kick-off with Morehead State. The contest is part of Butler’s Family Weekend.
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