San Diego Rolls Past Butler, 41-12
Oct. 30, 2004
Running back Evan Harney rushed for 181 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead visiting San Diego to a 41-12 victory over Butler in a Pioneer Football League North Division game at the Butler Bowl on Saturday, Oct. 30. The victory was the third straight for San Diego and lifted the Toreros to 5-4 on the year and 2-1 in PFL North play. Butler fell to 1-8 overall and 0-3 in league action.
For the third straight game, Butler jumped in front. The Bulldogs took a 6-0 lead on a one-yard Ian Nelson to Kevin Housand touchdown pass. The extra point kick attempt was wide to the right. It was the first career touchdown for Housand, a sophomore tight end.
Neumeier extended Butler's lead to 9-0 less than three minutes into the second period with a 34-yard field goal, his third of the season. But the rest of the game belonged to the Toreros.
Quarterback Todd Mortensen hit wide receiver Michael Gasperson with a 13-yard touchdown pass at 6:35 of the second quarter to cut Butler's lead to 9-7, and then Harney put the Toreros in front for good on a one-yard touchdown run at 3:16. San Diego closed the first half with a 25-yard field goal by Hutch Parker and took a 17-9 lead to the locker room at halftime.
Neumeier cut San Diego's margin to five, 17-12, with a career-long 43-yard field goal less than five minutes into the third period, but the Toreros responded with 24 unanswered points to seal the outcome. Mortensen threw his second touchdown pass of the game, a two-yard toss to Dustin Owen, and Harney added a three-yard scoring run in the third quarter.
The final period saw a 29-yard Parker field goal and a 60-yard scoring run by Kevin Herron. The Toreros finished the game with 288 rushing yards and 498 total yards. Mortensen completed 22 of 34 passes (with one interception) for 210 yards.
Nelson led Butler's offense with 49 rushing yards on 14 carries and 130 passing yards (17-30-2). Sophomore Billy Nardini had four receptions for 51 yards. Senior Parker Smith and junior Chris Haynes each had 11 tackles for the Bulldogs, while senior linebacker Jim Hart finished with 10 tackles, including a quarterback sack, and a pass interception. Jeff Langdon led San Diego?s defense with 10 tackles.