Oct. 11, 2003
Fullback Mike Ledo rushed for 189 yards and one touchdown and running back Luther Stroder added three touchdowns to power visiting St. Francis (Ind.) to a 47-16 victory over Butler in a non-league game at the Butler Bowl on Saturday (Oct. 11). The win kept St. Francis, the #7 ranked team in the NAIA, unbeaten at 5-0, while the Bulldogs fell to 0-6.
The Cougars jumped to a 26-0 halftime lead behind Stroder and Ledo. Stroder scored a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter, and added a third in the second period. The first TD came on a three-yard run, while the second came on a 28-yard pass from quarterback Chris Bramell. Stroder added a four-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter.
Ledo scored his lone touchdown on a 35-yard run midway through the second quarter. The Cougars, who rushed for 417 yards in the game, added three more touchdowns in the second half.
Butler broke into the scoring column late in the third quarter, when defensive tackle Dan Emmert intercepted a Cam Smith pass and returned it 15 yards for the Bulldogs? first touchdown. The Bulldogs picked up a safety in the fourth quarter, when a snap on an attempted punt went over Smith?s head and he was tackled in the end zone.
Freshman Brian Holthaus scored Butler?s final touchdown on a five-yard run late in the fourth quarter. Holthaus picked up 29 yards on six carries for the Bulldogs.
Butler quarterback Bob Farmer completed 10 of 19 passes for 132 yards in the game, while tight end Scott Reddel came down with six catches for 50 yards. Junior Justin Campbell led Butler on the ground with 44 yards on 14 carries. Campbell also had 90 yards on four kickoff returns.
Linebacker David McMahon paced Butler on defense with a career-high 10 tackles, while safety Brandon Martin, cornerback Matt Van Deursen and Emmert each added eight. Freshman punter Phil Buchanan, seeing his first varsity action, averaged 42.8 yards on five punts.
The Bulldogs will travel to Des Moines, Iowa, to take on Drake on Saturday, Oct. 18.