INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Butler Bulldogs, coming off an impressive 23-21 road win against the #24 Youngstown State Penguins to open the 2018 season, hit the road to face the Taylor Trojans (1-0) on Saturday, September 8. The game will stream live on the Taylor Athletics YouTube page with kickoff set for 6 PM ET from Turner Stadium.
Taylor has never defeated Butler on the gridiron, as the Bulldogs have notched wins in each of the previous seven meetings.
The 2017 meeting between Taylor and Butler was a classic, as Butler found the end zone with seven seconds left in the contest to claim a 27-21 victory in Indianapolis. Junior DB Matt Nguyen highlighted the defense for Taylor with a career-high 16 tackles in the loss.
Taylor erased a 14-point first quarter deficit to come back and defeat Indiana Wesleyan 43-31. The Trojans outscored Indiana Wesleyan 21-0 in the second quarter to mount the comeback. Taylor used two quarterbacks over opening weekend. Senior QB Everett Pollard threw for 168 yards and two scores while sophomore QB Zac Saltzgaber threw for 62 yards and one touchdown. Saltzgaber is a dual threat that also led Taylor in rushing yards with 65. The top weapons on the outside for Taylor are senior WR Daniel Boy and senior WR Grant Hohlbein. Boy caught a 63-yard bomb for a TD and Hohlbein led the team with six receptions for 42 yards.
Butler senior WR Pace Temple set career-high totals in both receptions (14) and yards (167) in Butler’s win at Youngstown State. He caught 10 passes vs. Valparaiso last year in the final game of the regular season. His old career-high for receiving yards was 156 at Franklin in 2017. Temple has nine 100-yard receiving games in his BU career.
After leading all FCS receivers with 14 catches, including five during Butler’s final two scoring drives in a 23-21 upset victory at Youngstown State, Temple was named STATS FCS National Offensive Player of the Week and PFL Offensive Player of the Week. Temple recovered the on-side kick to set up the game-winning drive on which he had two receptions for 21 yards. He began the day with back-to-back receptions of 31 and 28 yards on Butler’s first touchdown drive. Temple’s lone touchdown was Butler’s second score of the game as he caught a six-yard pass to begin the fourth quarter.
Pace Temple was the first Bulldog to earn PFL Offensive Player of the Week honors since Nov. 15, 2015 when the award went to Butler QB Matt Shiltz.
Redshirt senior QB Will Marty completed 65 percent of his passes at Youngstown State to gain 253 yards through the air. His TD passes went to senior WR Pace Temple and redshirt junior TE Sam Yeaton. It was Yeaton’s first touchdown of his career. Will Marty also scored a touchdown on the ground with a QB keeper. Marty’s only other three touchdown game came in 2017 at Franklin. He tossed three touchdowns while collecting a career-high 313 yards.
Butler went 8 of 16 on third down conversions against the Penguins They went 3-for-5 on third down in the fourth quarter. All three third down conversions for Butler came on the first drive of the fourth quarter. Marty ran for two yards on a 3rd and 1. He hit Schwantz for 14 yards on 3rd and 5 and found redshirt junior WR James Marbaugh for 19 yards on 3rd and 4.
Junior K Drew Bevelhimer was named PFL Special Teams Player of the Week for the third time in his career following the win last Saturday. Bevelhimer connected on 44-yard field goal with four seconds left to give Butler a 23-21 victory at Youngstown State. After Butler’s two-point conversion attempt failed, Butler executed an on-side kick recovered by Pace Temple to setup another drive, Bevelhimer then connected on the 44-yard field goal to lift Butler to the win. Bevelhimer finished 1-of-2 on field goal attempts and also connected on both his PATs in the contest.
Butler allowed 235 yards on the ground at Youngstown State, but didn’t allow a rushing touchdown. Redshirt freshman DB Devin Aguilar, redshirt junior DB Luke Sennett and junior LB Mason Brunner all shared the team lead in tackles with seven.
The Bulldogs had 18 different players record a tackle at Youngstown State. Junior LB Mason Brunner, redshirt freshman DB Joe Zuccari and senior DB Dalton Rogers all had a tackle for loss. Redshirt freshman DE Mickey Kane came up with a fumble recovery.
Butler outscored Youngstown State 16-0 in the fourth quarter. Butler recorded more first downs than Youngstown State and won time of possession. BU nearly doubled YSU in time of possession in the second half (19:27 / 10:33).
Butler limited Youngstown State to just one first down in the fourth quarter. Butler was only flagged once over opening weekend and did not commit a single turnover.
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