Butler Holds Off Marist; Remains Unbeaten In PFL
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Junior quarterback Matt Lancaster passed for 241 yards and a touchdowns and Butler stopped a late comeback attempt by host Marist to post a 17-14 victory at Tenney Stadium on Saturday (Oct. 13). The victory kept the Bulldogs atop the Pioneer Football League with a perfect 4-0 league record.
The Bulldogs (5-2) broke a 14-14 tie on a 20-yard field goal by freshman Jon Treloar with 56 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Butler then held that margin by limiting Marist to just one possession in the final period.
"We kept playing for 60 minutes and that was the key," said Butler head coach Jeff Voris after the win. "It was a hard fought game, and both teams played really well. But we made the big plays when we needed them"
"Our defense really played well. (Marist) scored on a couple of big plays, which is what they do, but our defense got them off the field when we needed to. And the offense moved the ball with a good mix of run and pass, and we moved the chains to hang onto the lead."
Lancaster directed a Butler offense that rolled up 438 yards in total offense. He completed 24-33 passes without an interception, and he gave the Bulldogs a 14-7 halftime advantage with a 35-yard scoring pass to wide receiver Brendan Shannon with just under five minutes remaining in the second quarter.
Shannon matched his career-high with 10 receptions for 106 yards in the win.
Butler took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a two-yard touchdown run by junior Trae Heeter, capping a 10-play, 96-yard drive. It was his league-leading ninth touchdown of the season. Heeter, who had a 25-yard run in the drive, finished the game with 25 carries for 112 yards.
Marist (2-4, 1-2 PFL) tied the game with just under five minutes remaining in the first period on a two-yard run by Anthony Calcagni. The Red Foxes tied the game for a second time in the third period on a 42-yard pass from quarterback Chuckie Looney to wide receiver Michael Rios, before the game-winning field goal by Treloar.
Butler's game-winning drive started at the Bulldogs' 25-yard line. The Bulldogs moved the ball to the Marist six-yard line in 10 plays, setting up a first-and-goal situation. Two carries by Heeter netted two yards and on third down, Lancaster his wide receiver Tom Judge with a short pass. But the Marist defense stopped Judge at the three-yard line, setting up Treloar's field goal.
Marist tried to mount a drive at the end of the third quarter, but it was stopped when defensive end Jeremy Stephens sacked Looney at the Butler 40-yard line. The final drive by the Red Foxes midway through the fourth quarter was halted at the Butler 49-yard line.
Senior linebacker Jordan Ridley led Butler's defensive effort with a team-high 12 tackles, while Stephens added 11 stops including 2.5 quarterback sacks. Linebacker Zack Sedivy and defensive back Jayme Szafranski each finished with 10 tackles.
Butler, riding a four-game winning streak, will return to Indianapolis to host Morehead State in a Homecoming contest on Saturday, Oct. 20. That contest at the Butler Bowl will start at 6 p.m. (ET).