September 19, 2009

Butler Rolls To Third Straight Win

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Senior Dan Bohrer tied the school record for career touchdown receptions and helped Butler score over 40 points for the third straight game in a 42-21 non-league victory over visiting Hanover at the Butler Bowl on Saturday (Sept. 19).  The win gave the Bulldogs a 3-0 record for the second time in three seasons.

Bohrer caught a three-yard touchdown toss from sophomore Andrew Huck in the second quarter and then pulled down an eight-yard scoring aerial from freshman Cal Blair in the third quarter.  The two scoring receptions gave him three for the season and 18 for his career, matching the Butler all-time record set by Mike Chrobot, 1975-78.

Butler jumped out to a 7-0 lead less than two minutes into the contest when Hanover punter Corry Stewart fumbled the snap and then, on a desperation pass attempt, shoveled the ball into the waiting hands of Butler’s Andy Dauch.  The Butler defensive back returned the interception 19 yards for the early score.

Hanover (0-3) quickly recovered from the early miscue and marched 79 yards on 13 plays on its next possession to tie the score.  Quarterback Shawn Gibson finished the drive with an eight-yard scoring run to make it 7-7.

That was as close as it would get. 

The Bulldogs rolled off 28 unanswered points to take a 35-7 halftime lead, and Butler head coach Jeff Voris was able to give most of his offensive starters the rest of the afternoon off.  Huck started the scoring run with an eight-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter, tailback Ricky Trujillo scored on a 12-yard run early in the second period, Bohrer caught his first touchdown pass and tailback Scott Gray reached the end zone from one-yard out late in the second quarter.

Butler stretched the margin to 42-7 on Bohrer’s second touchdown catch, before Hanover added two late scores.

Huck completed 13 of 15 passes for 134 yards, and he added 31 yards on four carries in just two quarters of action.  The Butler signal caller entered the game ranked second in the NCAA Division I FCS in total offense (373.0 ypg).

Sophomore Zach Watkins finished with 53 yards on five receptions, while Bohrer added 45 yards on five catches.  Freshman Steven Depositar, who entered the game in the second half, wound up leading the Bulldogs in rushing with 47 yards on eight carries.  Butler, which had rolled up over 500 yards in its first two wins this season, finished with 353 yards in total offense.

Sophomore defensive end Grant Hunter led Butler’s defensive unit with six tackles, including a pair of quarterback sacks.

This year’s squad became the first Butler team to score more than 40 points in three consecutive victories, following 42-3 win over Albion and a 49-19 victory at Franklin.  The Bulldogs also scored more than 40 points in three straight games in 2000, but two of the games wound up as losses.

The win over Hanover ended the non-league portion of Butler’s 2009 schedule.  The Bulldogs will begin Pioneer Football League play at Morehead State next Saturday, Sept. 26.  The league-opener at Jayne Stadium in Morehead, Ky., is slated for 1 p.m.