BUIES CREEK, N.C, -- Butler quarterback Andrew Huck passed for a career-high 381 yards and two touchdowns, but it wasn't enough to offset the punishing ground game unleashed by host Campbell. The Camels rolled up 247 yards on the ground and defeated Butler, 38-23, in a Pioneer Football League game at Barker-Lane Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 8.
Campbell (2-3, 1-2 PFL) grabbed a slim lead in the second quarter and then pulled away with four second half touchdowns. The Camels out-gained Butler, 334-204, after intermission. The 247 rushing yards were the most against the Bulldogs this season.
Tailback Carl Smith led the Campbell assault with a career-high 148 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries, while Jordan Cramer added a career-best 70 yards and a TD on 11 attempts. Quarterback Braden Smith passed for 202 yards and two more touchdowns.
Early in the game, it looked like Butler (3-3, 1-2 PFL) might be the team pulling away. The Bulldogs drove 78 yards on their second possession, but they were unable to cross the goal line after gaining a first down at the Campbell four-yard line. Senior David Lang kicked a 19-yard field goal with 1:58 left in the first quarter to give Butler a 3-0 lead.
The Bulldogs again stalled inside the Campbell four-yard line on their first possession of the second quarter, but Lang's 22-yard field goal made it 6-0.
That was Butler's last lead in the game. The Camels took the ensuing kickoff and drove 54 yards in seven plays with Carl Smith scoring from 16 yards out to grab the lead. A field goal made it 10-6, before Lang cut the margin to one at halftime with his third field goal of the game.
It was the second straight week that the Butler placekicker recorded three field goals in a game.
Campbell increased its lead to 24-9 with a pair of third quarter touchdowns. The Camels then responded to a 67-yard Huck to Zach Watkins touchdown pass with two more touchdowns in the final period to make it 38-16.
Butler did find the end zone late in the fourth quarter on a 41-yard Huck to Jeff Larsen touchdown pass with 2:57 remaining, but the Camels recovered Butler's on-sides kick attempts and ran out the clock.
Huck completed a career-high 34 of 47 passes in the game. His 381 yards were the fourth-most in Butler football history and topped his previous high of 327 yards, set against Albion in his first collegiate start in 2009.
The senior from Bloomington, Ind., became just the second quarterback in Butler football history to pass for more than 6,000 career yards. He boosted his career total to 6,020 yards and moved into second place on Butler's all-time passing list.
Sophomore wide receiver Brendan Shannon caught a career-high 10 passes for 87 yards in the game, while Watkins finished with eight catches for a season-high 155 yards. Stuart Harvey had a career-high five receptions for 38 yards, and Larsen finished with four catches for 74 yards.
The Bulldogs, who lost leading rusher Trae Heeter and back-up Brandon Grubbe to injuries early in the first quarter, finished with just 79 yards on the ground. Don Stewart led the way with 36 yards on 11 carries.
Junior linebacker Jordan Ridley recorded a career-high 19 tackles, including one quarterback sack, in the game, while senior defensive back Andy Dauch added a career-high 10 stops.
Butler will return to Indianapolis for its next three games, beginning with the annual "Hoosier Helmet" showdown with Valparaiso. That game at the Butler Bowl on Saturday, Oct. 15, will start at 1 p.m. (ET)