Quarterback Josh McGregor passed for 238 yards and four touchdowns and picked up a school record while leading Jacksonville to a 45-9 victory over host Butler in a Pioneer Football League game at the Butler Bowl on Saturday (Nov. 1). The loss snapped a five-game Butler winning streak and left the Bulldogs at 6-2 on the season and 4-1 in the PFL.
McGregor, who completed 14 of 20 passes, found four different receivers with touchdown passes. He hit Joshua Philpart with a 13-yard strike in the first quarter, Rodney Sumter with a 9-yard scoring pass and Geavon Tribble with a 25-yard aerial in the second quarter and Elliott Finkley with a 51-yard touchdown pass in the final period. The four TD's gave him a school-record 21 touchdown passes for the season.
The Dolphins (6-3, 4-1 PFL) jumped out to a 14-0 lead on McGregor's first two touchdown passes. Butler closed to within five on a 62-yard touchdown run by redshirt-freshman Dionte Wiggins and a safety in the second quarter, but that's as close as the Bulldogs would come. McGregor made it 21-9 at halftime with this third touchdown pass of the first half.
Jacksonville pulled away in the second half with three more touchdowns and a field goal. Shaun Lewis had a 51-yard fumble return for a touchdown early in the third quarter and Rudell Small added a 12-yard scoring run later in the period. McGregor's final touchdown pass and a 42-yard field goal by Donovan Curry closed out the scoring.
Wiggins did have a 33-yard touchdown run in the third period, but it was called back because of a holding penalty, and the Bulldogs were unable to repeat the score.
The nine points were a season-low total for the Bulldogs, who suffered their first PFL setback. Wiggins, getting his first collegiate start, finished with a career-best 188 rushing yards on 27 carries. Quarterback Matt Kobli, who entered the game as the PFL leader in total offense, finished with 149 passing yards on 19-34-1 passing and 21 rushing yards on 14 carries. Junior Dan Bohrer and freshman Zach Watkins each had seven catches in the game. Bohrer finished with a team-high 93 yards, while Watkins added 40.
Junior Derek Guggenberger led Butler's defense with eight tackles.
Butler will close out its three-game homestand with a league contest against Dayton on Saturday, Nov. 8. The final Butler home game of the year is slated for a 1 p.m. (ET) kickoff.