October 24, 2009

Butler Holds Off Campbell, 23-16

Sophomore Andrew Huck passed for 214 yards and two touchdowns and Butler improved to 7-0 for the first time since 1983 with a 23-16 victory over host Campbell in a Pioneer Football League game at Barker-Lane Stadium in Buies Creek, N.C., on Saturday (Oct. 24).  The victory lifted the Bulldogs to 4-0 in PFL play.

Huck, who connected on 22 of 30 passes in the win, helped the Bulldogs jump to a 20-0 lead in the first half.  He directed the Bulldogs on a first quarter scoring drive that ended with a five-yard touchdown run by junior tailback Scott Gray, and then he threw a 22-yard scoring aerial to wide receiver Zach Watkins late in the first period.

The Bulldogs stretched the lead to 20 points with 7:26 left in the second quarter when Huck found wide receiver Dan Bohrer in the end zone from one yard out.  The two scoring passes gave Huck 17 on the year.

Campbell (1-6, 0-4 PFL) scored its lone touchdown of the game on nine-yard pass from Daniel Polk to CJ Oates with 3:52 left in the first half, and the Camels added a 38-yard field goal by Adam Willets on the final play of the half to cut Butler’s margin in half.

Neither team found the end zone in the second half, but Campbell closed the margin on a pair of Willets field goals, one from 43 yards out in the third quarter and another from 37 yards in the final period.  The two Campbell scores were sandwiched around a 21-yard field goal by Butler’s David Lang in the fourth quarter.

The host squad, playing its Homecoming game, had one final possession with 0:48 left, but the Bulldogs stopped the comeback attempt when linebacker Nick Caldicott intercepted a Polk pass at the Campbell 21-yard line.

The Bulldogs, one of just three remaining unbeaten teams in the NCAA Division I FCS, rolled up 381 yards in total offense on the afternoon, while Campbell finished with 301.  Huck led the Bulldogs in rushing with 56 yards on six carries, while running back Ryan Hitchcock added 34 yards on eight attempts.  Watkins finished with 54 yards on five receptions to lead Butler’s receivers.

Linebacker Brian Adika paced Butler’s defense for the second straight week with 10 tackles, while linebacker Derek Guggenberger added nine stops.

The Bulldogs will seek their eighth consecutive win when they return home to host Davidson in a PFL game on Saturday, Oct. 31.  The Halloween afternoon game is slated for noon (ET) at the Butler Bowl.