Butler Rolls Past Davidson, 24-8

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Coach Jeff Voris
Jordan Ridley
Matt Kobli 

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Linebacker Jordan Ridley sparked a strong defensive effort and back-up quarterback Matt Kobli scored a pair of touchdowns to lead visiting Butler to a 24-8 victory over Davidson in a Pioneer Football League game on Saturday, Oct. 9.  The victory, Butler’s first in four trips to Davidson’s Richardson Stadium, snapped the Bulldogs’ two-game losing skid.

Ridley recorded 10 tackles and led a Butler defense that came within a minute of posting the Bulldogs’ first shutout since 1998.  It was the fifth straight game of 10 or more stops for the PFL’s leading tackler.  Butler limited Davidson (1-4, 1-2 PFL) to just 185 total yards and blanked the Wildcats until a final minute, 24-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jonathan Carkhuff to Lanny Funsten.

Kobli, sharing time with starting quarterback Andrew Huck, rushed for 62 yards on 10 attempts.  He gave Butler the lead with a one-yard touchdown run with 9:07 left in the second quarter, and then scored the Bulldogs’ final touchdown on a 21-yard run with 1:46 left in the game.  The senior also completed four of six passes for 31 yards.

Opportune defense led to Butler’s first score.  Cornerback Jack McKenna picked off a Carkhuff pass at the Butler 25-yard line and returned it 11 yards.  From there, Huck engineered a 64-yard drive in 10 plays, with Kobli getting the final carry.

The Bulldogs (3-3, 1-2 PFL) made it 10-0 at halftime on a 28-yard field goal by David Lang, his fifth of the season.  Lang’s kick followed a 10-play, 59-yard drive that included a 21-yard Huck to Carter Walley pass and a 19-yard rush by the Butler quarterback.

Huck made it 17-0 less than five minutes into the third quarter with a four-yard scoring pass to wide receiver Jordan Koopman, capping a nine-play, 58-yard drive.  That scoring drive followed a successful on-sides kick by the Bulldogs to open the second half.

Butler’s final score followed an eight-play, 52-yard drive.

The Bulldogs rolled up 375 yards in total offense, including 205 yards on the ground.  Huck wound up completing 14 of 20 passes for 139 yards, and he added 43 rushing yards on eight carries.  Koopman finished with seven receptions for 82 yards.

Butler limited the Wildcats to just 113 total yards until the final drive of the game.  Carkhuff, who was sacked three times in the game, marched Davidson 72 yards in five plays for the closing score.

The Bulldogs will return home for back-to-back games, beginning with a test against Dayton on Saturday, Oct. 16.