Sept. 13, 2003
Junior quarterback Niel Loebig passed for 291 yards and four touchdowns to power host Duquesne to a 49-0 victory over Butler in a non-league game at Arthur J. Rooney Athletic Field in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Saturday (Sept. 13). The win lifted the Dukes to 1-1 on the year, while Butler fell to 0-2.
Loebig, who entered the game with 53 career touchdown passes, had three scoring tosses in the first half, while leading the Dukes to a 28-0 halftime margin. He found wide receiver Michel Warfield with a 19-yard touchdown aerial to open the game's scoring with 8:14 left in the first quarter and then threw touchdown passes of 36 and 20 yards wide receiver Yardon Brantley before halftime. Loebig finished with a 30-yard scoring toss to Warfield in the fourth quarter, before giving way to backup quarterback Ben Palumbo.
The Dukes added three more touchdowns on a 35-yard run by tailback Mike Hilliard, a two-yard run by backup running back Jeremy McCullough and a nine-yard pass from Palumbo to wide receiver Tim Broderick.
Butler drove to the Duquesne 21-yard line twice in the first half, but came away empty both times when placekicker Eric Neumeier missed a pair of 38-yard field goal attempts. The Bulldogs finished with 215 yards in total offense.
For the second consecutive game, senior linebacker Joe Haley led Butler with eight tackles, while senior defensive lineman John Leininger added four tackles, including one quarterback sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Quarterback Ian Nelson completed nine of 17 passes for 97 yards, while senior tight end Scott Reddel had four receptions for 44 yards. Nelson and tailback Justin Campbell each rushed for 36 yards.
The Dukes, ranked second in The Sports Network I-AA Mid-Major College Football Poll, rolled up 535 yards in total offense, including 338 through the air. Warfield had five receptions for 128 yards in the contest.
Butler will play its first home game of the season on Saturday, Sept. 20, against Davidson. The 1 p.m., contest at the Butler Bowl will be the Bulldogs' Homecoming game.