Bulldogs Face Road Test At Davidson

Quarterback Matt Lancaster (Photo by Zach Bolinger)

Butler at Davidson
Saturday, Oct. 27, 12 p.m. (ET)
Richardson Stadium, Davidson, N.C.
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ROAD WORK:  Butler will have a shot a sole possession of first place in the Pioneer Football League when it visits Davidson on Saturday, Oct. 27.  The game at Davidson's Richardson Stadium will start at noon (ET).  The Bulldogs, coming off a stunning 39-35 Homecoming victory over Morehead State, are currently tied for first place in the PFL with Drake.  Both squads are 5-0 in league play and 6-2 on the season, but Drake, coming off a 34-27 overtime victory over Marist, will be off this week before returning to action at Dayton on Nov. 3.  Davidson (1-6, 1-3 PFL) picked up its first win this season with 28-21 decision at Campbell.  Quarterback Jonathan Carkhuff threw three touchdown passes  for the Wildcats for the second consecutive week.  He has 12 touchdown passes on the season.  Butler will take a five-game winning streak to the game in North Carolina.         

Butler is 5-0 in the PFL for the second time in school history.

GAME BROADCAST:  Butler football webcasts for all 11 games are available at www.butlersports.com.  Play-by-play for the broadcasts is handled by Butler graduates Brandon Gaudin '06 and Mark Miner '12, while former Butler head coaches Ken LaRose and Bill Lynch serve as analysts.

COMEBACK:  Butler overcame a 35-17 deficit in the final nine minutes of the game to earn a thrilling Homecoming victory over Morehead State.  Quarterback Matt Lancaster guided the Bulldogs on three consecutive scoring drives in the fourth quarter to erase the 18-point margin.  He connected with wide receiver Brendan Shannon on an 11-yard touchdown pass to start the rally with 8:44 left and then hit Derek O'Connor with an 11-yard strike just under five minutes later.  His two-point conversion pass to tight end Matt Jenson made it 35-32 with 3:49 remaining.  Butler's defense held Morehead State, and the Bulldogs took over at the visitor's 48-yard line with 2:37 left.  Lancaster marched the team downfield and found Shannon with the game-winner from 17 yards out with just 1:22 left on the clock.  
 
LEAGUE HONOR:  Junior wide receiver Brendan Shannon was named Pioneer Football League Offensive Player of the Week after turning in a career performance against Morehead State.  Shannon caught three touchdown passes, including the game-winner, to spark the Bulldogs' come-from-behind victory.  He finished with a career-high 14 receptions for a career-best 233 yards in the game.  His 14 catches tied the second-highest single game total in Butler football history, while his 233 yards stand second only to the 260 yards current assistant coach Kyle Conner gained against San Diego in 2000.

Brendan Shannon is tied for second in the PFL in touchdowns (7).  
   
CAREER NIGHT:  Junior Matt Lancaster turned in the most prolific performance of his young Butler career to lead the Bulldogs past visiting Morehead State.  The former Illinois State quarterback rolled up a career-high 460 yards in total offense and tossed a career-best four touchdown passes.  He posted career-highs of 31 completions, 53 pass attempts and 359 passing yards, and he rushed for a career-high 101 yards on 15 attempts.  His 53 passing attempts topped the previous school record of 51 passes, set by Andrew Huck against Drake in 2011.  Lancaster, who had a one-yard touchdown run in the game, was involved in all five Butler touchdowns in the victory.  

Matt Lancaster leads the PFL in touchdown passes (15).

RUNNING PROGRAM:  Junior Trae Heeter recorded his fourth 100-yard rushing performance in the past five games to help the Bulldogs prevail over Morehead State.  The Butler running back, who picked up 100 yards on 21 carries against the Eagles, helped fuel an offensive effort that produced 554 total yards.  Heeter has rushed for 651 yards in Butler's last five contests, and he only played one half in one of those games (Valparaiso).  His four 100-yard rushing performances are a league-high.  

Trae Heeter leads the PFL in rushing (105.9 ypg).

DOUBLE THREAT:  The duo of Matt Lancaster and Trae Heeter became the first Butler tandem to post 100-yard rushing performances in the same game in the past decade.  The last time Butler had two players rush for 100 yards in the same game was in 2002 when Dale Jennings (194) and Justin Campbell (103) turned the trick in a victory over Tiffin.

HIT MAN:  Senior Jordan Ridley led Butler's defensive effort against Morehead State with a team-high 14 tackles.  It was the fourth time this season and the 21st time in his Butler career that Ridley totaled at least 10 tackles in a game.  The Butler linebacker currently ranks sixth in the league in tackles per game (9.6).

BULLDOG BITS:

•Butler leads the Pioneer Football League in total offense (463.6).  The Bulldogs are tied with Drake for the league lead in scoring offense (29.0).

•Junior running back Trae Heeter continues to lead the Pioneer Football League in scoring (6.8).  He boasts a league-high nine touchdowns.

•Trae Heeter owns the top two rushing performances in the PFL this fall with 204 yards against Campbell and 159 against Dayton.

•Trae Heeter ranks second in the PFL in all-purpose yards (118.6).

•Quarterback Matt Lancaster ranks second in the PFL in total offense (296.8) and in pass efficiency (144.1).  He stands sixth in the league in passing average (239.8 ypg).

•Matt Lancaster leads all PFL quarterbacks and ranks fifth overall in rushing in the league (57.0).

•Senior Jordan Ridley had 16 tackles in last year's victory over Davidson.

•Junior Jeremy Stephens ranks third in the PFL in quarterback sacks (0.81).

•Junior Jayme Szafranski recorded 12 tackles against Morehead State.  He's had four career games with 10 or more tackles.

•Jayme Szafranski and linebacker Phillip Powell each had a pass interception against Davidson last year.  It was the first career interception for Powell.

•Junior wide receiver Brendan Shannon ranks second in the PFL in receptions per game (6.5) and in receiving yards per game (86.6).  His 14 receptions against Morehead State stand second in the PFL this season.

•Brendan Shannon has a league-high three 100-yard receiving performances.

•Freshman Jon Treloar has kicked a league-high 26 extra points.

•Sophomore quarterback Wade Markley was given his first collegiate start in last year's game against Davidson, and he wound up hitting 15 of 22 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns.

•Senior offensive lineman Matt Storey has started 30 consecutive games for the Bulldogs.