Oct. 28, 2006
Quarterback Joe Winters passed for 271 yards and four touchdowns to lead host Missouri-Rolla to a 35-20 victory over Butler in a non-league game played at Allgood-Bailey Stadium in Rolla, Mo., on Saturday, Oct. 28. The loss dropped Butler to 3-6 on the season, while Missouri-Rolla improved to 5-4.
Winters, the leading passer in the NCAA Division II, rallied his team from a 7-0 deficit and from a 10-7 deficit in the first half. He tossed an eight-yard scoring pass to Bryan Crider in the second quarter to tie the game at 7-7 and then gave the Miners a 14-10 halftime lead with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Landry.
The Missouri-Rolla quarterback, who has a nation-leading 32 touchdown passes on the year, added a 24-yard strike to Landry and a 10-yard touchdown pass to Ashton Gronewold in the second half. Gronewold also added a 69-yard punt return for a touchdown. Winters finished with 271 passing yards on 20 of 34 passing.
The Bulldogs struck first in the game when quarterback T. J. Brown engineered a seven play, 74 yard drive late in the first quarter. Tailback Brian Holthaus finished the drive with a two-yard touchdown run at 1:16 of the initial period.
Butler had another strong scoring opportunity in the second quarter, when Brown drove the team to the Missouri-Rolla 18-yard line, but the drive stalled and the Bulldogs had to settle for a 36-yard field goal from sophomore Jordan Quiroz.
Quiroz added a 32-yard field goal in the third quarter to cut the Miners' lead to 14-13, but Winters answered with his second touchdown pass to Landry. Gronewold then put the Bulldogs in a big hole with his long punt return for a touchdown to start the final period.
Brown, who had 170 passing yards in the game, finished Butler's scoring with a 27-yard touchdown pass to junior Aaron Shaw with 10:23 left in the game. It was Shaw's first career touchdown catch.
Brothers Mike and Chris Marzotto led a spirited defensive effort for the Bulldogs. Mike led Butler with nine total tackles, while Chris finished with six. Chris had a career-best, three and a half tackles for loss, including two and a half quarterback sacks. Butler had four quarterback sacks in the game.
Butler will return to Indianapolis for its final home game against Morehead State on Saturday, Nov. 4. That contest at the Butler Bowl is slated for 1 p.m. (EDT).