September 3, 2005

Butler Falls In Season-Opener To Albion, 28-23

Sept. 3, 2005

Box Score

Quarterback Steve Wasil passed for 278 yards and two touchdowns to lead visiting Albion to a 28-23 victory over Butler in a non-league game played at Key Stadium in Indianapolis on Saturday, Sept. 3. The game was the season-opener for both teams.

Wasil rallied his team from deficits of 10-7 and 17-14 by leading the Britons on a pair of fourth-quarter scoring drives. He gave his team the lead for good with a 63-yard scoring strike to wide receiver Josh Silvernail early in the final period. Wasil then guided Albion on a 55-yard scoring drive that ended with a one-yard touchdown run by Mike Matway with just 1:01 remaining, giving the visitors a 28-17 advantage.

Butler did rally for a final score on a four-yard touchdown pass from Bob Farmer to Eric Neumeier with 0:04 left on the clock.

Wasil hit 12 of 23 passes with one interception. Farmer countered for the Bulldogs by connecting on 28 of 49 attempts with one interception for 268 yards and two touchdowns.

Albion jumped in front in the contest on a 44-yard touchdown reception by Silvernail late in the first quarter. But the Bulldogs bounced back in the second period on a three-yard touchdown run by tailback Billy Nardini and a 26-yard field goal by freshman Jordan Quiroz to take a 10-7 halftime lead.

The visitors climbed back on top in the third period on an 18-yard touchdown run by Mike Gehringer, but Farmer found wide receiver Phil Vorndran with an 18-yard touchdown pass to give Butler a 17-14 lead at the start of the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs finished with 417 yards in total offense, while Albion rolled up 382 yards. Nardini led Butler's rushing attack with 99 yards on 25 carries, while running back Brian Holthaus added 58 yards on 12 attempts. Senior Phil Christner had a team-high seven receptions for 93 yards, while Vorndran had six catches for 64 yards.

Linebacker Mike Marzotto, who transferred to Butler from Eastern Kentucky, led the Bulldogs' defense with nine tackles. Senior Mike Seidl chipped in with eight stops.

The Bulldogs will play their next three games on the road, beginning with a test at Tiffin on Saturday, Sept. 10.