September 5, 2009

Butler Rolls To Big Win In Season-Opener

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Butler quarterback Andrew Huck tied a school-record with five touchdown passes and the Bulldogs held visiting Albion without a touchdown for the second straight year, while rolling to a 42-3 victory at the Butler Bowl on Saturday (Sept. 5).  The non-league game was the season-opener for both teams.

Huck, making his first collegiate start, completed 18 of 25 passes with one interception for 327 yards.  He hit wide receiver Eddie McHale with a 10-yard scoring pass, found tailback Scott Gray with a 71-yard strike and then threw three consecutive touchdown passes to wide receiver Zach Watkins.  The touchdown passes to Watkins covered 48, 62 and 19 yards.  Huck’s first four touchdown passes all came in the second quarter, giving Butler a 28-0 halftime lead.

The sophomore from Bloomington also scored Butler’s final touchdown on a three-yard run with 1:30 left in the third quarter.  He wound up leading the Bulldogs in rushing for the game with eight carries for 68 yards. 

“No question, we were pleased with Andrew’s performance,” Butler head coach Jeff Voris said after the game.  “But I think he would be the first to tell you that we had ten other guys out there who were playing hard and doing their job.”

“Offensively, it was a very good day.  Obviously, we were pleased with our play,” added the Butler coach.

Huck’s five touchdown passes matched the school mark first set by Ron Kiolbassa against Valparaiso in 1990 and then tied by DeWayne Ewing against Quincy in 2001.  The 327 passing yards were the 11th best single game total in Butler football history.

Watkins also turned in a big afternoon.  He finished with seven catches for 183 yards and three TDs.  His first touchdown catch with just under four minutes left in the first half gave Butler a 21-0 advantage, and he added his second touchdown catch with 1:03 left in the half.  Watkins scored again late in the third quarter to make it 35-3.  His 183 receiving yards were the fifth-highest single game total in Butler football history!

The Bulldogs finished the game with 529 yards in total offense and 20 first downs.

Butler’s defense, sparked by the play of senior safety Spencer Summerville, held Albion to 160 total offense yards, 11 first downs and a single 29-yard field goal.  A year ago, the Bulldogs limited the Britons to two field goals in a 20-6 victory.  Summerville finished with five tackles, one pass breakup and his first career pass interception, which he returned for 22 yards.

Sophomores Jack McKenna and Andrew Cottrell led the Bulldogs with six tackles apiece. 

“Our defense did a nice job on third down getting the ball back to the offense,” stated Voris.  “The defense was solid all day.”

Eight different players wound up catching at least one pass for the Bulldogs in the win, including senior wide receiver Dan Bohrer who had two receptions.  The two catches gave him 142 for his career, matching the all-time Butler record set by Eric Voss, 1990-93.

The Bulldogs will play their first road contest next week when they visit nearby Franklin on Saturday, Sept. 12.