November 23, 2009

David Lang Named PFL Special Teams Player of the Week

For the second time this year, Butler placekicker David Lang helped win a game with a field goal on the final play of the contest.  And for the second time this year, he has been named Pioneer Football League Special Teams Player of the Week.

Lang, no stranger to drama, successfully converted a 27-yard field goal with one second remaining to lift the Bulldogs to a 20-17 victory over visiting Drake and give Butler its first PFL championship since 1994.  The game-winning kick followed a 40-yard Butler drive in the final 0:43 of the contest.

Earlier in the game, Lang had kicked a 29-yard field goal to give the Bulldogs a 3-3 tie.  He also converted two PAT kick attempts.

The final field goal against Drake, one of the biggest kicks in Butler football history, was Lang’s second game-winner this season.  He also booted a 37-yard field goal with 0:01.9 left to give Butler a 25-24, come-from-behind victory over preseason PFL favorite San Diego.  That kick gave Butler its first victory over San Diego since 2001.

Lang’s kick against Drake gave Butler a school-record 10 victories against just one setback.  It also kept Butler’s football season alive.  The Bulldogs will host Central Connecticut State in the annual Gridiron Classic on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 12 noon.  The Gridiron Classic matches the champions of the PFL and the Northeast Conference in a bowl game competition.