Butler Rolls Past Albion In Season-Opener
PHOTO GALLERY (Photos by Jim White)
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Senior quarterback Andrew Huck passed for 235 yards and three touchdowns and set a school record for consecutive pass completions while leading Butler to a 31-17 victory over visiting Albion at the Butler Bowl on Saturday (Sept. 3). The game, played in 90-degree weather, was the season-opener for both teams.
Huck connected on his first 19 passes in the game, breaking the previous Butler record of 12 consecutive completions held by both DeWayne Ewing (vs. Valparaiso, 2001) and Matt Kobli (vs. Albion, 2008). The former Bloomington North signal caller threw for 212 yards and three touchdowns in the 30 minutes and guided Butler to a 31-3 halftime lead.
"I didn't know (Huck) was on a streak to be honest with you. I just knew were moving the ball," said Butler head coach Jeff Voris. "We were making first downs, and, besides the opening drive of the season, I thought we were clicking pretty well on offense."
The Bulldogs scored on their first five possessions in the game. The team's opening drive bogged down at the one-yard line, and the Bulldogs had to settle for a 19-yard field goal by senior David Lang. The next four Butler drives all resulted in touchdowns.
Sophomore Trae Heeter capped a 10-play, 79-yard drive with a six-yard touchdown run to end the first quarter, and Jeff Larsen caught a one-yard touchdown pass from Huck to start the second period. Sophomore Matt Jenson then caught a 19-yard scoring aerial from Huck to give Butler a 24-0 advantage with more than 11 minutes remaining in the second period.
Albion ended the shutout with a 12-play, 68-yard drive that ended with Justin Hunter's 29-yard field goal at 4:42 of the second quarter, but the Bulldogs finished the first half with Huck's 19-yard touchdown pass to senior Zach Watkins.
The Britons added a pair of second half touchdowns to cut Butler's final margin to 14-points.
"Your excited to win. Sixty minutes is a long time to play, especially on a day like this," added Voris. "They kept coming back and playing. But we're happy about the win and excited. It's hard to win college football games and the meeting rooms will be little more upbeat this week."
Huck, who was 19 of 19 passing at halftime, missed on his first pass attempt of the second half. He finished the day with 22 completions in 26 pass attempts. Watkins was on the receiving end of seven of those passes for 80 yards, while senior Jordan Koopman caught seven passes for 76 yards. Heeter led Butler in rushing with 42 yards on 12 carries. The Bulldogs finished with 318 yards in total offense.
Senior Andy Dauch led Butler defensive effort with a career-high eight tackles, while junior Jordan Ridley and sophomore Jayme Szafranski each added seven stops.
Butler will be on the road for its next two contests, beginning with a trip to Indiana State on Saturday, Sept. 10. That game in Terre Haute will start at 2 p.m. (ET).