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Butler Bulldogs Smash Franklin in 2016 Home Opener

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Butler Bulldogs, seeking their first win of the 2016 season, put on an impressive show on Saturday night against the Franklin Grizzles. Redshirt senior QB Malcolm Weaver had 260 yards and three touchdowns in just over a half of action, leading Butler to a 59-14 win under the lights at the Butler Bowl. Both teams now stand at 1-1 on the young season.

Weaver’s performance through the air was largely matched by Franklin’s Chase Burton, who had 247 yards through the air. However, it was the Butler defense that produced a huge advantage in the running game. While Butler rushed for 254 yards on the ground, the Butler defense limited Franklin to only 55 yards on 28 carries. Franklin entered the fourth quarter with just one net rushing yard.

The Bulldogs had four sacks, including two by redshirt senior captain DT Jordan Ransone, and three interceptions on the evening. Redshirt junior DB Adam Chappelle had two of the picks, including one he returned six yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Photo: Butler Athletics/Butler Bulldogs Football
Photo: Butler Athletics/Butler Bulldogs Football

Two touchdown connections to sophomore WR Pace Temple sandwiched around a 13-yard rushing touchdown by redshirt sophomore RB John Hall gave Butler a 21-0 advantage near the end of the first quarter.

Franklin would pull within 28-14 midway through the second quarter, but the Bulldogs scored twice in the last two minutes of the half, pushing the lead to 42-14 at the half.

In Butler’s first drive of the second half, redshirt junior RB Duvante Lane both went over 100 yards on the night and picked up his third touchdown of the contest. The four-yard rush gave Butler a 49-14 advantage four minutes into the second half. Lane had 104 yards and three rushing touchdowns on the night. At that point in the game, Weaver gave way to redshirt sophomore QB Will Marty under center.

Redshirt senior WR Danny Cotter led Butler with 106 receiving yards. Temple had 92 yards receiving and two touchdowns, all in the first half.

The game was played in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 4,732 in the team’s only night game of the season.

The Bulldogs return to action Saturday (Sept. 17) at Taylor. Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. for the in-state foes with Taylor providing a video feed of the action.

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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