Bulldogs Drop 35-7 Decision To Nationally Ranked St. Francis
Oct. 9, 2004
Running back Cory Jacquay rushed for 143 yards and two touchdowns to lead host St. Francis to a 35-7 victory over Butler in a non-league game at Cougar Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 9. The win boosted St. Francis, ranked third in the NAIA, to 5-0 on the season, while the Bulldogs fell to 1-5.
Jacquay gave the Cougars a 7-0 lead with a nine-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter, and he later added a 10-yard scoring run in the third quarter to increase the St. Francis lead to 21-0.
Butler made things interesting late in the third quarter when quarterback Ian Nelson led the Bulldogs on a 72-yard scoring drive. The senior signal caller capped the eight-play march with a four-yard touchdown pass to running back Billy Nardini, cutting the St. Francis lead to 21-7.
Butler head coach Kit Cartwright then pulled a surprise with an onsides kick, and the Bulldogs regained the ball on their own 49-yard line. Nelson immediately hit Nardini with a 19-yard pass, but on the next play the Butler quarterback fumbled at the St. Francis 22-yard line.
St. Francis, the top scoring team in the NAIA, added two fourth quarter touchdowns, including one with just two minutes remaining, to settle the final margin. The Cougars, who recorded their 26th consecutive regular season win, pounded out 405 yards on the ground in the contest, and St. Francis quarterback Chris Bramell added 144 passing yards and one touchdown toss.
Nelson rushed for a team-high 41 yards and completed 12 of 24 passes for 124 yards, before giving way to Adam Webb and Bob Farmer in the fourth quarter. Farmer completed four of five attempts for 53 yards.
The Bulldogs picked up a pair of strong defensive performances from junior free safety Chris Haynes and senior linebacker Jim Hart. Haynes, getting his second collegiate start in place of injured Ben Hess, recorded a career-high 20 tackles, including a career-best 14 solo tackles. Hart added a career-high 15 tackles and a pass interception.
Butler will begin Pioneer Football League North Division play at home on Saturday, Oct. 16, against Drake.