Sept. 16, 2006
Visiting Robert Morris scored three touchdowns in the second half and pulled away to a 35-14 victory over Butler in a non-league game at the Butler Bowl on Saturday (Sept. 16) afternoon. The victory lifted the Colonials to 1-2 on the season, while Butler fell to 1-2.
Robert Morris quarterback Erik Cwalinski sparked the visitors with 240 passing yards and four touchdowns. He completed 18 of 26 passes, including 10 of 12 in the second half. He helped the Colonials to a 393-50 advantage in total offense.
Cwalinski passed for three touchdowns in ten minutes at the end of the third quarter and the start of the final period. He hit Moises Hernandez with a four-year scoring pass with 2:33 left in the third to break a 14-14 tie, then found Mario Hines with a 38-yard strike with 11:35 left in the fourth period. The Robert Morris quarterback finished the afternoon's scoring with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Alvin Hill with 7:20 left.
The three scores put the game out of reach for the Bulldogs, who had played the visitors to a deadlock in the first half.
"We played hard. We believed we deserved to be in the game with them," said Butler head coach Jeff Voris after the game. "Our defense really played well and our special teams made some plays. If we could have gotten something going on offense in the second half, we would have had a chance to win."
Butler scored first in the game, when Richard Alcala forced a fumble by the Colonials' Vince Magone, and cornerback Collin McGann scooped it up at the Butler 34-yard line. McGann broke free and raced 66 yards for the opening touchdown and a 7-0 Butler lead.
Robert Morris tied the game on a three-yard Cwalinski to Scott Schade pass in the first period and then took a lead on a 14-yard end-around play by Mario Hines in the second quarter. The Bulldogs answered right before halftime when Dale Murzyn blocked a punt by Michael Walser and Derek North fell on the ball in the Robert Morris end zone, making the score 14-14 after two quarters.
Butler had the first chance to break the tie in the third quarter, but the scoring attempt ended when the Colonials blocked a 41-yard field goal attempt by Jordan Quiroz. After that play, Cwalinski took over and marched the Colonials down field for the go-ahead score.
Junior Mike Marzotto sparked Butler's defensive effort in the game with four solo tackles and 10 assists. The 14 total tackles matched his career-high, set against Robert Morris and San Diego a year ago. McGann finished the game with 11 total tackles. Junior running back Brian Holthaus rushed for 19 yards on six attempts and caught four passes for 20 yards.
The Bulldogs will continue their homestand and begin Pioneer Football League play on Saturday, Sept. 23, when they host Jacksonville at 12 noon at the Butler Bowl.