San Diego Outlasts Butler, 35-26
Oct. 19, 2002
Junior quarterback Eric Rasmussen passed for 225 yards and two touchdowns to lead visiting San Diego to a 35-26 victory over Butler at the Butler Bowl on Saturday, Oct. 19. The win boosted San Diego to 3-3 on the year and 1-0 in the Pioneer Football League North Division, while Butler fell to 2-5 overall and 0-2 in league play.
Rasmussen, who completed 21 of 31 passes in the game, threw both of his touchdown passes in the first half, while leading the Toreros to a 21-13 halftime lead. He hit Adam Hannula with a six-yard scoring pass with 7:34 left in the second quarter and then found Kenneth Villalobos with a nine-yard scoring strike with just 52 seconds left in the period. Villalobos had opened the second quarter with a five-yard touchdown run for San Diego's first score.
San Diego never trailed in the second half and led by as many as 19 points in the fourth quarter, before a late Butler rally cut the final margin to nine. Running backs Phillip Thrash and Joseph Tagaloa scored San Diego's two second half touchdowns on short runs.
The Toreros' win overshadowed a brilliant performance by Butler sophomore tailback Justin Campbell, who recorded a pair of school records in the loss. Campbell followed the Hannula score by taking the ensuing kickoff and returning it 94 yards for a touchdown. It was the longest kickoff return for a touchdown ever by a Butler player and the third-longest play in Butler history.
Campbell also had a 55-yard kickoff return and a 31-yard kickoff return in the game and he finished with six kick returns for 243 yards. That broke the school record for kick return yards in a game, which he set earlier this season with 179 yards against Morehead State. Campbell entered the contest ranked third in the PFL in kickoff returns.
Butler opened the scoring in the first quarter on a five-yard run by tailback Dale Jennings. The missed extra point attempt left Butler with a 6-0 margin, which would be the Bulldogs' only lead in the contest. Jennings, who rushed for 58 yards on 16 carries also scored Butler's final touchdown on a three-yard run midway through the final period. Placekicker Matt Taber added a 24-yard field goal for the Bulldogs.
Quarterback Ian Nelson, getting his second start for the Bulldogs, completed 14 of 30 passes for 126 yards. Senior Adam Lafferty caught five of those passes for 67 yards. Senior defensive back Russ Mann topped Butler's defensive unit with a career-high 16 solo tackles.
Butler concludes its three-game homestand against Drake on Saturday, Oct. 26.