Bulldogs Fall At Morehead State
MOREHEAD, KY. -- Senior Andrew Huck, making a surprise appearance, passed for 294 yards and three touchdowns on a record-setting afternoon, but it wasn't enough to offset a high-powered Morehead State offense. The host Eagles rolled to a 55-35 Pioneer Football League victory at Jayne Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 19, in the final 2011 game for both teams.
Huck missed Butler's last two games with a shoulder injury, and it wasn't determined until late in the week that he might be available for the Bulldogs' final game. He wound up playing most of the game, and he completed 20 of 28 passes with two interceptions. The Bulldogs rolled up a season-high 522 total yards and the 35 points were Butler's second-highest total this season.
As good as Butler's offense was, Morehead State's was better. The Eagles scored on four of their first five possessions in the game and on nine 16 possessions overall. Morehead State finished with 669 yards in total offense, including 387 from the arm of quarterback Zach Lewis.
The Eagles (3-8, 2-5 PFL) grabbed an early lead on a 92-yard touchdown run by Desmond Cox, just under three minutes into the game. Cox finished the game with a career-high 218 rushing yards on 27 carries.
Huck tied the game with a 31-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Brendan Shannon, but Morehead State answered with back-to-back touchdowns to take the lead for good. Lewis hit Donte Sawyer with a 30-yard touchdown pass for the first of the two scores, and then he rushed for the second from four yards out.
Morehead State led 27-16 at halftime and 48-29 after three quarters.
Huck, playing his final collegiate game, finished with his second-highest passing total of the season. In addition to his scoring pass to Shannon, he had a 29-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Zach Watkins and eight yard scoring pass to Jordan Koopman. The Butler signal caller finished with 2,262 passing yards for the season and with 6,581 yards for his career. He ranks second on Butler's all-time passing list.
Watkins (left) closed out his career in spectacular fashion. He led both teams with 14 receptions for 180 yards. The 14 catches were the second-highest single game total in Butler football history, while the 180 yards were the second-highest total of his stellar career. The senior from Chicago finished with 80 receptions on the year, breaking his own single season mark of 78 set in 2009. He also broke the school single season record for receiving yards with 1,044.
Watkins finished as Butler's all-time leader in receptions (254) and receiving yards (2,994).
The Bulldogs also picked up a record-breaking effort from placekicker David Lang. The senior from Lowell booted his 35th career field goal, breaking the school mark he shared with John Jenkins, 1985-88. He also tied his own single season record for field goals (14), set last year.
Sophomore Trae Heeter, who scored Butler's final two touchdowns on Saturday on runs of three and seven yards, led Butler's ground against Morehead State with 86 yards on 17 carries. He also caught five passes for 72 yards.
Junior Jordan Ridley, the leading tackler in the PFL, led the Bulldogs in tackles with 15, including two tackles for loss.
The Bulldogs, who dropped their final two games on the road, finished the season with a 5-6 overall record and a 3-5 mark in the PFL.