INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Butler Bulldogs, coming off a strong outing at home, brought their winning ways against the Taylor Trojans on Saturday. Redshirt senior quarterback Matt Shiltz finished with 293 yards passing with 1 interception and another 78 yards on the ground, accounted for four Butler touchdowns and lead the Bulldogs to a resounding 41-10 win at Turner Stadium. Butler improves to 2-1 on the young season with the win, while the Trojans fall to 1-2. The Bulldogs lead the all-time Taylor series, 5-0.
Taylor jumped out to an early 10-7 lead before Butler rolled to 34 consecutive points. Butler’s offense started to gain momentum by taking advantage of four interceptions produced by the Bulldogs’ defense in the first half
After Taylor opened the scoring with a 17-yard screen pass to Justin Keys for a touchdown, Butler found the scoreboard on a 69-yard punt return by redshirt sophomore RB Sam Schrader to tie the score. Taylor would convert a field goal late in the first quarter before the floodgates opened in the second period.
Shiltz led quick scoring drives, finding redshirt junior WR Danny Cotter for a 67-yard touchdown followed by an 11-yard touchdown strike to redshirt junior WR Brandon Collins. Two field goals by senior kicker Jonathan Treloar sent Butler into the locker room with a 27-10 lead.
After the intermission, Shiltz orchestrated a pair of touchdown drives, finishing each with a touchdown run. The initial drive of the third quarter was highlighted by a 76-yard pitch and catch to redshirt junior WR Guy DiBalsamo, where Shiltz caught Taylor in a blitz and hit DiBalsamo in stride on a slant route that found a seam. Shiltz ran the next play in from three yards out. Shiltz capped the scoring three minutes into the final period, faking an end-around and reversing field to set up the option. He kept the ball and ran 77 yards for a touchdown.
Shiltz completed 20-of-33 attempts before coming out of the game in the 4th. Cotter led the Bulldogs with five catches and 110 yards. DiBalsamo added 84 yards receiving as the Bulldogs out-gained the Trojans, 488-246, in total offense.
Shiltz led all rushers with 78 yards on 5 attempts for an average of 15.6 yards per carry and 2 touchdowns. After an injury to RB Sam Schrader at the end of the first half, senior RB Rico Watson finished with 37 yards on 14 attempts for a 2.6 average and long of 27. Redshirt sophomore Duvante Lane spelled Watson and picked up 34 yards on 6 attempts for an average of 5.7 yards per carry and a long of 11. Schrader finished with 20 yards on 3 carries for an average of 6.7 yards and a long of 15.
Butler’s defense picked off five passes from Taylor quarterbacks. Sophomore DB Isaak Newhouse had two of Butler’s interceptions. Redshirt junior LB Sean Horan led the team in tackles with four solo and assisting on seven other stops. Redshirt junior DB Zach Laroche, freshman LB Carter Raleigh, and redshirt freshman DB Noah Cralle also recorded interceptions for Butler.
Butler returns to action Saturday (Sept. 26) with a home game against Campbell. Kick is set for noon. The game is not only the Pioneer Football League opener for the Bulldogs, but it is also the highlight of Butler’s homecoming weekend. A live video feed will be provided through ButlerSports.com.
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