Bulldogs Close Out 2008 Season At Davidson
SEASON WRAP: Butler will try to snap a three-game skid and clinch sole possession of fourth place in the Pioneer Football League when it closes out the 2008 season at Davidson on Saturday, Nov. 22. The final game for both teams is slated for 12 noon at Richardson Stadium on the Davidson campus. The Bulldogs (6-4, 4-3 PFL) fell at San Diego, 34-17, in their last outing. It was Butler's first road loss this year. The setback left Butler in fourth place in the PFL standings, one game ahead of Drake and Morehead State. The Bulldogs have already clinched a first division finish in the PFL for the first time since 2001. Davidson (3-7, 2-5 PFL) dropped its last game to non-league foe Marist, 24-19. The Wildcats are 1-3 at home this season, but that victory came over current PFL co-leader Jacksonville. Davidson has beaten Butler in all four previous meetings between the two teams, including two at Richardson Stadium.
The Bulldogs are bidding to become the first Butler team in more than a decade to win seven games.
AIR CONTROL: San Diego scored three touchdowns in the second half to pull away to a 17-point decision over the visiting Bulldogs. Butler trailed by just four points, 14-10, at halftime, but San Diego quarterback Sebastian Trujillo engineered a pair of second half scoring drives to help the Toreros open a 17-point advantage midway through the final period. The two teams traded touchdowns in the final four minutes of the contest, halting Butler's late comeback attempt. Trujillo wound up competing 22 of 31 passes for 258 yards and four touchdowns, while wide receiver John Matthews finished with 14 receptions for 187 yards and a pair of scores.
WELL RECEIVED: Junior wide receiver Dan Bohrer sparked Butler's offense at San Diego with eight pass receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown. His 23-yard scoring catch gave him 10 touchdown receptions on the year, breaking the Butler single season record of nine that he shared with Dave Oliver (1975), John Barron (1987) and Brandon Willett (2000). Bohrer moved into second place on Butler's single season list for pass receptions with 64, nine shy of the school record held by Tom Redmond (1972). He also moved into fifth place on Butler's single season chart for receiving yards with 825, 50 away from Paul Page (1985) in fourth place and 51 shy of Kyle Conner (2000) in the No. 3 spot. Bohrer ranks third on Butler's all-time list for receptions with 133 and ninth on the school's all-time chart for receiving yards (1,624).
Dan Bohrer ranks second in the PFL in catches (6.3) and receiving yards (80.7).
RUSH ORDER: The Bulldogs picked up 164 yards on 37 rushing attempts at San Diego, with a familiar face leading the way. Sophomore Scott Gray, playing in just his second game this season, posted a team-high 68 rushing yards on 12 attempts against the Toreros. Butler's rushing and scoring leader a year ago, Gray missed the Bulldogs' first eight games this season with a foot injury.
Scott Gray led the PFL in scoring with 15 touchdowns in 2007.
PASSING FANCY: Quarterback Matt Kobli completed 15 of 26 passes for 155 yards and a touchdown at San Diego, and continued his climb on Butler's single season passing charts. He moved into fourth place on Butler's season list for passing yards with 2,210, four yards shy of Paul Romanowski (1991) in the No. 3 position. He trails DeWayne Ewing (2001) in second place on the season list by 127 yards. Kobli also tossed his 21st touchdown pass of the season in the fourth quarter at San Diego, leaving him one shy of the Butler single season record set by Ewing in 2000. The current Butler quarterback already has established school marks for completions (214), pass attempts (325), passing yards and touchdown passes by a first-year signal caller. He also boasts a Butler freshman record for total offense (2,661 yards).
Matt Kobli leads the PFL in total offense (266.1 ypg).
SACK MAN: Defensive end Grant Hunter chalked up five solo tackles at San Diego, including his 14th quarterback sack of the season. The 14 sacks are the most by a Butler player since 1992, when Elgin Reese racked up the same total. Butler's school record for quarterback sacks is 17, set by Scott Cook in 1983. Hunter had four QB sacks a week earlier against Dayton.
Grant Hunter leads the PFL in quarterback sacks (1.40) and tackles for loss (1.80).
FOOT WORK: Senior Jordan Quiroz kicked a 28-yard field goal, his third in as many tries this season, at San Diego and added a pair of PAT kicks. The five points in the game boosted his season scoring total to 50 points and his career scoring total to 171 points. He stands seventh on Butler's all-time scoring list, one point shy of Kevin McDevitt, 1973-76, in sixth place and five points away from Arnold Mickens, 1994-95, in the No. 5 spot. He's second all-time in kick-scoring at Butler, trailing only John Jenkins (216 points), 1985-88.
•Sophomore defensive back Jacob Fritz made his first career start against Davidson a year ago, and he finished with a career-high 11 tackles. He also had a pass interception return for a touchdown, and he scored Butler's first defensive two-point conversion in the game. He was named PFL Co-Defensive Player of the Week for his effort.
•Jacob Fritz and junior linebacker Derek Guggenberger led the Bulldogs at San Diego with eight tackles apiece. Fritz had eight solo tackles, while Guggenberger finished with seven solos and one assist.
•Derek Guggenberger is tied for fifth in the PFL in tackles (7.7). He's leading the Bulldogs in tackles for the second consecutive season.
•Redshirt freshman Mark Giacomantonio recorded his first career pass interception at San Diego. He picked off a pass in the second quarter and returned it 30 yards to midfield, setting up a Butler scoring drive that cut San Diego's lead to 14-10 at halftime. Giacomantonio also blocked a San Diego PAT kick in the game.
•Quarterback Matt Kobli ranks third in the PFL in passing efficiency (140.0) and fourth in the league in passing average (221.0). He also stands seventh in rushing (45.1).
•Senior Jordan Quiroz is second in the PFL in PAT kick percentage (95.0). He has 38 successful PAT kicks this season, two shy of the Butler school record set by Mario Neto Brocchi in 2000. Quiroz is tied for first in the league in field goal pct. (100.0).
•Sophomore Tadd Dombart continues to lead the PFL in punt return average (16.9). Dombart has the longest punt return in the league this season with a 75-yard return for a touchdown against Morehead State.
•Senior offensive tackle Rob Noel will tie the Butler all-time record for games played when he takes the field at Davidson. Noel has played in 43 career games, one shy of the school mark set by Dale Murzyn last year.
•Senior linebacker Mike Bennett will enter his final collegiate game at Davidson with 223 career tackles. Bennett, who has played in 42 career games, has recorded at least 50 tackles in each of his four season.
•Senior defensive end Derek Day recorded his
fourth quarterback sack of the season at San Diego. Day has 7.5
career quarterback sacks for the Bulldogs.