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Butler Bulldogs Travel to Face Taylor on Saturday Night

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Butler Bulldogs travel to Upland, Indiana, to take on the Taylor Trojans in the Bulldogs’ final non-conference game of the 2016 season. The Bulldogs are 1-1 on the season while Taylor, of the NAIA, is 1-2. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM ET.

Butler holds a 5-0 advantage in the all-time series against Taylor. Four of those wins have come under Head Coach Jeff Voris. The first meeting took place in 1965 with Tony Hinkle manning the Butler sidelines.

Last season, Butler senior QB Matt Shiltz had 293 yards passing and another 78 on the ground, accounting for four Butler touchdowns and leading the Bulldogs to a resounding 41-10 win at Taylor. Taylor jumped out to an early 10-7 lead before Butler rolled to 34 consecutive points.

Last time out for the Bulldogs, 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 over visiting Franklin Saturday night under the lights at the Butler Bowl. 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.

Sophomore WR Pace Temple and redshirt senior WR Danny Cotter have combined for 358 receiving yards in the team’s two games. That is 68 percent of the team’s receiving production. Butler graduated four of its top five pass-catchers from 2015.

Redshirt junior RB Duvante Lane had 104 yards on 12 carries against Franklin. It was the first time in his Butler career that he posted a 100-yard performance. His three touchdowns were also a career-high.

In the season opener, the Bulldogs defense limited the Indiana State offense to 3-of-13 on third down conversions. The team followed that up by preventing Franklin on third down at a high clip as well, as the visitors converted only 3-of-14. Butler led the PFL in that defensive category in 2015, as their opponents were able to convert on only 31.3 percent of third downs.

While Butler rushed for 254 yards on the ground Saturday against Franklin, the Butler defense limited Franklin to only 55 yards on 28 carries. Franklin entered the fourth quarter with just one net rushing yard.

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

Not including Butler’s interception return for a touchdown, the Bulldogs had seven touchdown drives Saturday against Franklin. Only one of the seven was longer than 2:57 (that drive was 5:13). Butler ran 66 offensive plays, only facing 10 third downs.

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

Freshman K Drew Bevelhimer connected on the first field goal attempt of his Butler career, knocking home a 47-yarder in the third quarter Saturday. He went 8-of-8 on PATs as well. Redshirt sophomore P Evan Giebel came on in the fourth quarter for his first career punt. Coach Jeff Voris asked Giebel to pin Franklin deep in their own territory, and his 28-yard punt was downed at the 2.

Head coach Jeff Voris is in his 11th season in charge at Butler, posting a 61-54 record. He is third on Butler’s all-time wins list, trailing only Tony Hinkle (165) and Bill Sylvester (84).

Butler has posted winning seasons in three of the last four years.

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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