May 31, 2011

Butler To Face 11 Football Contests In 2011

2011 Butler Football Schedule

Butler will play an 11-game football schedule in 2011, including the first contest against former conference foe Indiana State in nearly four decades.  The Bulldogs will play five home games in the upcoming seasons, including the season-opener against Albion on Sept. 3.

Butler, beginning its sixth season under head coach Jeff Voris, will play four of its first six games on the road.  The first of those road tests will take place at Indiana State on Sept. 10.  It will be the first meeting between the two teams since 1974 and the 37th meeting all-time.  Butler and Indiana State were long-time conference foes in the former Indiana Collegiate Conference.

The Bulldogs, coming off a 4-7 campaign, also will play a non-league game at Taylor on Sept. 17, before beginning Pioneer Football League action at home against Drake on Sept. 23.  The 1 p.m. (ET) contest at the Butler Bowl will be the first of eight PFL games for the home Bulldogs in 2011.

Butler also will play three consecutive home PFL games in October and early November, starting with a visit from state foe Valparaiso on Oct. 15 at 1 p.m.  A week later on Oct. 22, the Bulldogs will play their 1 p.m., Homecoming game against first-time foe Marist.  The three-game stretch will conclude on Nov. 5 with a game against Davidson.  That contest will start at noon.

The remaining Butler road schedule includes dates at Dayton (Oct. 1), Campbell (Oct. 8), Jacksonville (Nov. 12) and Morehead State (Nov. 19).  Dayton and Jacksonville tied for the PFL championship a year ago with perfect 8-0 records.

The Bulldogs return 39 letterwinners from last year’s squad, including first team All-PFL linebacker Jordan Ridley.  The junior from Indianapolis led the PFL and ranked among the national leaders in tackles last season with 130.  Also returning is senior quarterback Andrew Huck, who currently ranks fifth on Butler’s all-time passing chart with 4,319 career passing yards.  Huck passed for 2,454 yards and 21 touchdowns, while leading the Bulldogs to an 11-1 record and a PFL title in 2009.