Morehead State Spoils Butler Home-Opener, 58-10
Oct. 1, 2005
Twelve different players combined for 338 rushing yards and six touchdowns to lead visiting Morehead State to a 58-10 victory over Butler in the first game the newly-renovated Butler Bowl on Saturday, Oct. 1. The win boosted Morehead State to 4-1 on the season, while Butler fell to 0-5.
Junior fullback Jabari McGee led the Eagles' ground attack with 87 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries. Quarterback Brian Yost added 42 yards and a touchdown. Morehead State also picked up rushing touchdown from fullback Eric Banks and halfback Eli Parkes.
The visiting Eagles also picked up three field goals from senior Adam Jones and a 53-yard punt return for a touchdown from freshman Nick Feldman.
The Bulldogs fell behind 17-0 on a 30-yard field goal by Jones, a five-yard touchdown run by McGee and Feldman's punt return, before freshman Jordan Quiroz scored the first Butler points in the new stadium on a 25-yard field goal. The former Butler Bowl received an extensive makeover this summer as part of a project to add new student housing on campus. The new field turf surface was completed just one day before Saturday's contest.
The 17-3 count was as close as Butler would come to the Eagles. Parkes answered the Butler score with a four-yard touchdown run, and McGee made it 31-3 with just under seven minutes remaining in the second quarter on an eight-yard touchdown run.
Junior tailback Billy Nardini scored the first Butler touchdown on the new surface with a 10-yard run in the second quarter to cut the score to 31-10, but the Eagles tallied another field goal with 0:01 left in the first half. Morehead State added four touchdowns in the second half.
Butler quarterback Bob Farmer passed for 229 yards in the game, and senior wide receiver Phil Vorndran finished with eight catches for a career-high 138 yards. Nardini had 34 yards rushing, but the Bulldogs managed just 17 total yards on the ground. Sophomore linebacker Mike Marzottto finished with a game-high 11 tackles, while senior Chris Haynes added ten stops.