INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Butler Bulldogs saw Butler’s Offense use a huge fourth quarter to come from behind and defeat the Defense on Saturday (April 16) afternoon in the team’s annual Blue-White Game. The Offense won, 77-74, utilizing a unique scoring system, out-scoring their defensive counterparts, 29-12, in the final 15 minutes.
“This caps a great spring for us,” said Butler head coach Jeff Voris. “Our guys prepared and competed with good energy and enthusiasm all spring and especially today. Both sides made a lot of big plays. This is a great springboard for us into the summer and we’re looking forward to picking up in August where we left off today.”
The fourth quarter included scoring strikes from redshirt freshman QB Will Marty to redshirt freshman WR Thomas Baldwin and a 75-yard connection from redshirt freshman QB Cameron Towns to freshman RB Brad Sznajder out of the backfield to take the win.
Butler’s defense got out to a hot start, holding the Offense scoreless on the opening four drives of the game before redshirt junior QB Malcolm Weaver found redshirt freshman RB Anthony Scaccia for a 70-yard touchdown pass.
After a pick-six by freshman LB Dan DelGrosso, the Defense took a 48-31 lead into halftime.
Marty connected with redshirt sophomore TE Cord Collier near the end of the third quarter to pull the offense with 14 (62-48) heading into the final quarter. That is when the pair of touchdown passes and several sustained drives gave the Offense the thrilling win.
The offense received points for touchdowns, extra points, field goals, first downs, long passing plays, long running plays and fourth down conversions. The defense scored points with 3-and-outs, takeaways, defensive touchdowns/PATs, blocked/missed PATs, defensive stops, sacks, tackles for loss, and fourth down stops.
The team began the spring season in March with a series of 14 practices leading up to Saturday’s Blue-White game.
Following a 6-5 overall record and a 4-4 PFL record, the Bulldogs will look to their many returners to continue the momentum into the 2016 campaign. That group will be joined by the Bulldogs’ talented recruiting class for the start of camp in August. Butler opens the 2016 campaign at Indiana State on Saturday, Sept. 3.
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