Sept. 6, 2003
All-American wide receiver Nate Washington scored the first three touchdowns of the game and helped power host Tiffin to a 42-6 victory over Butler at Frost Kalnow Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 6. It was the season-opener for the Bulldogs, while Tiffin improved to 1-1 on the year.
Washington, who was named NCAA Division II National Player of the Week after catching 13 passes for 243 yards and a touchdown against Findlay a week ago, grabbed a seven-yard scoring pass from quarterback Ryan Harpold less than five minutes into the game to give the Dragons an early 6-0 lead. He added a 35-yard touchdown catch later in the first period and then raced 80 yards for another score to open the second quarter!
The Tiffin wide receiver finished the game with 10 receptions for 220 yards and three touchdowns. He nearly out-gained the Bulldogs, who finished with 229 yards in total offense. Tiffin had 532 yards in total offense as a team.
Tiffin led 28-0 at halftime and stretched that margin on a 22-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Garrett Padgett late in the third quarter. Butler avoided the shutout in the fourth quarter when quarterback Ian Nelson hit wide receiver Steve Myers with an eight-yard touchdown pass with 9:21 left in the game. Tiffin added a final score with just over two minutes remaining.
Butler came away empty on several scoring opportunities in the contest. Junior Justin Campell broke free on an 82-yard kickoff return, following Tiffin's first touchdown, but the Dragons held Butler on four downs inside the 10-yard line. The Bulldogs also missed on two field goal attempts and were stopped on another drive inside the Tiffin 20-yard line.
Nelson hit 15 of 24 passes for 173 yards in the game, and he added 24 rushing yards on 13 carries. Campbell led the Bulldogs with 221 all-purpose yards. He had 45 yards on 21 rushing attempts, 47 yards on six pass receptions and 129 yards on four kickoff returns.
The Bulldogs will be on the road again next week when they visit Duquesne. The Dukes were 11-1 and ranked second among the NCAA Division I-AA mid-majors last year. The game is slated for 7 p.m. (EDT) on Saturday, Sept. 13.