INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Butler Bulldogs, coming off a 24-21 win against Morehead State to open Pioneer Football League play on Homecoming, took to the road to face the Drake Bulldogs on Saturday, October 6. Big plays and a stifling defense led Drake to 36-6 victory over Butler. Butler moves to 3-2 (1-1 PFL) while Drake improves to 3-1 (2-0 PFL).
Drake jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the closing minutes of the first quarter off a 42-yard TD pass from 5th year QB Grant Kraemer to 5th year TE Zach DeLeon. Kraemer gave a hard count on third and three to bait Butler to jump, which resulted in a free play. He found DeLeon streaking down the middle of the field and the result would be the first points of the afternoon.
The following possession for Butler would end quickly as redshirt senior QB Will Marty was picked off by 5th year DB Jabari Butler. The Butler defense would hold Drake after that miscue, but Marty’s second interception of the afternoon later in the second quarter would be returned back to the three-yard line. Sophomore RB Braeden Hartwig would take a carry and cross the goal line to give Drake a 14-0 advantage.
Butler got the offense rolling in the final stages of the second quarter to travel 53 yards in 15 plays, but a high throw on fourth and two would keep the Bulldogs off the scoreboard. Marty targeted redshirt junior TE Sam Yeaton on the Drake 17-yard line, but pressure caused the ball to sail over Yeaton’s head, which took the teams into the half.
The first TD of the second half was set up by a long completion from Kraemer to senior WR Steven Doran for 33 yards. The gain took the ball from the Butler 41 to 1st and Goal at the Butler eight. Hartwig would get seven yards on his first carry and scored on second down from a yard out to extend the lead to 21-0.
Special teams would help move the score to 27-0 as Drake blocked a punt for the fourth time this season. Sophomore LB Will Kulick got his hand on a punt from redshirt senior P Evan Giebel and the next play would see Kraemer find Doran for a 23-yard TD pass. Butler senior LB Carter Raleigh blocked the point after attempt.
Drake would go on to outscore Butler 9-6 in the fourth quarter to take us to the final score of 36-6. The final 15 minutes featured a 20-yard TD pass from Kraemer to Doran. The PAT was good this time around to move the score to 34-0. Butler would avoid the shutout on their following possession by throwing a TD pass. Marty connected with redshirt junior WR Stephen Dennis from 21-yards out. The extra point from junior K Drew Bevelhimer was blocked and returned for an additional two points for Drake.
The top-ranked Drake defense was as advertised on Saturday. They limited Butler 253 total yards, which included 119 rushing yards. Redshirt junior RB Brad Sznajder took a majority of the carries to net 71 yards. He averaged 3.7 yards per attempt while redshirt senior RB Anthony Scaccia took nine carries for 41 yards. Scaccia went over 1,000 rushing yards in his career with the performance.
Butler redshirt senior QB Will Marty would complete 16 of his 37 attempts for 134 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. His lone TD pass went to redshirt junior WR Stephen Dennis, who ended the game with seven grabs for 53 yards to go along with the touchdown. Senior WR Pace Temple hauled in four passes for 47 yards.
Butler’s defensive effort was led by senior LB Carter Raleigh, who recorded nine tackles and posted his first sack of the season.
The Bulldogs will return to action next Saturday afternoon with a 2 PM kick-off at Valparaiso in a battle for the Hoosier Helmet Trophy.
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Chris Fultz is a Senior Writer and the Butler Athletics beat writer for the Indiana Sports Report. Chris Fultz is recognized as an accredited member of the media by Butler University Athletics and has full media access.
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