Tiffin Rolls Over Butler, 48-3

Sept. 11, 2004

Wide receiver Nate Washington caught three touchdown passes and two teammates rushed for over 100 yards to lead visiting Tiffin to a 48-3 victory over Butler in a non-league contest at the Butler Bowl on Saturday, Sept. 11. The setback in Butler's home-opener dropped the Bulldogs to 0-2 on the young season, while Tiffin improved to 1-2.

Washington was a dominant performer, catching nine passes for 124 yards and the three scores. He caught touchdown passes of six and five yards from quarterback Ryan Harpold, and the duo then hooked up on a 54-yard strike in the second half. In three career meetings with the Bulldogs, Washington has recorded seven touchdown catches!

While Harpold, who passed for 157 yards (13-16) and Washington controlled the air, Tiffin's running backs dominated the ground with 388 rushing yards. Tailback Austin Clopton ran for 141 yards on 13 carries, including a 76-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Running back Garrion Corbin had 105 yards on three carries, while tailback Earl Haynes added 77 yards, including an eight-yard touchdown run, on 17 attempts.

Butler started strongly, marching 60 yards in 10 plays, before stalling at the Tiffin 12-yard line. Junior Eric Neumeier gave the Bulldogs an early, 3-0, lead with a 29-yard field goal at 11:04 of the first quarter. It was the second field goal of his career.

Tiffin answered on its opening possession, driving 65 yards in 12 plays. Harpold gave his squad the lead for good with a one-yard touchdown run at 5:02 of the first period. Tiffin scored three more times in the first half and took a 28-3 lead at halftime.

Butler senior Parker Smith, who missed all of last season with a hamstring injury, celebrated his return to the Butler Bowl with a career-high 17 tackles, including a career-best 14 solo tackles. He had one of Butler's two tackles for loss. Seniors Jim Hart and Andy Nelson and sophomore Ben Hess each added eight tackles.

Butler managed just 141 total yards in the game. Senior Justin Campbell had a team-high 20 rushing yards on seven carries, and he added 102 yards on five kickoff returns. Junior Phil Vorndran caught two passes for 42 yards.