Bulldogs Face Campbell In Homecoming Tilt
ALUMNI DAY: Butler will seek to keep a perfect Pioneer Football League record intact when it hosts Campbell on Saturday, Oct. 12. The game, Butler's annual Homecoming contest, is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. (ET) in the Butler Bowl. Butler (4-2), one of three defending champs in the Pioneer Football League, is off to a 2-0 start in conference play with a road victory at Jacksonville and a win at home over Stetson, 35-15, last weekend. The two wins have the Bulldogs in a three-way tie for first place in the PFL with San Diego and Marist. Campbell (1-4) is looking for its first PFL victory. The Fighting Camels dropped their PFL-opener at Valparaiso, 49-42, before falling at home to Morehead State, 45-36. The game against Morehead State was the third time this season that Campbell scored at least 35 points. The Camels, trying to snap an 11-game PFL losing skid, have rolled up 1,144 yards in total offense and averaged 39.5 points in their first two league contests. The game against Campbell is the second of three consecutive home games for the Bulldogs. Butler will wrap up its homestand against Drake on Oct. 19.
The Bulldogs have won six straight PFL games in the Butler Bowl.
FINISHING TOUCH: For the third time in four weeks, Butler used a big second half performance to nail down a victory. The Bulldogs scored three touchdowns in the third quarter and out-scored visiting Stetson, 26-8, after intermission to pick up a 35-15 PFL win. The victory came one week after Butler out-scored Jacksonville, 38-14, in the second half to earn its first PFL win of the season. Three different Butler players scored touchdowns, and the Bulldogs added a field goal and a safety in the final 30 minutes for the 26-point second half total. Butler out-gained the visiting Hatters, 252-131, in the second half, and had a 12-6 advantage in first downs.
Butler has out-scored its last four opponents, 101-45, in the second half.
LINE DANCE: Butler head coach Jeff Voris had praise for his offensive and defensive lines following the victory over Stetson. Butler's offensive line, led by All-PFL performers Charles Perrecone and David Tiwari, did not allow a quarterback sack in the PFL win, while helping to power the Bulldogs to 240 rushing yards and 373 total yards. The defensive line helped spark an effort that limited Stetson to just 56 rushing yards in the final two periods and 149 rushing yards for the game. Defensive end Christian Eble, playing his first game this season, recorded a pair of quarterback sacks, while redshirt-freshman defensive end Jesse Correll added a third sack.
Butler ranks second in the PFL in rushing defense (127.8 ypg).
SAFETY FIRST: Butler's defense came up with a pair of safeties to help spark the win over Stetson. The first came when Jesse Correll sacked Stetson quarterback Jonathan Jerozal in the end zone and the second happened when the Hatters snapped the ball over quarterback Ryan Tentler's head and out of the end zone. The Bulldogs had not recorded a safety since 2008.
RUSH HOUR: Senior tailback Trae Heeter continued his torrid start to league play with 118 rushing yards and two touchdowns against Stetson. The Butler running back scored on a 13-yard run to give Butler a 7-0 lead with 0:33 left in the first period. He then stretched Butler's lead to 23-7 with a five-yard scoring run in the third period. In his first two PFL games this season, Heeter has rushed for a league-best 340 yards and scored four touchdowns. He owns one of two 200-yard rushing performances in the conference this season, and he has three 200-yard efforts for his career.
Trae Heeter leads the PFL in rushing (104.8) and touchdowns (7).
TAKE-AWAY: Butler's defensive unit forced Stetson into four turnovers, and two of those thefts led directly to Butler points. Safety David Burke had a pass interception and a 26-yard return, which led to the Bulldogs' first touchdown in the game, and later safety JoJo Cianco picked off a pass to set up Butler's third TD. Butler also came up with a pass interception by linebacker Thad Satre to stop a Stetson scoring drive and a fumble recovery by linebacker Sean Horan. The Bulldogs have forced 10 turnovers in the first two PFL games this season.
RUN LEADERS: Saturday's Butler-Campbell game will feature the top two rushing quarterbacks in the PFL. Campbell's Brian Hudson leads all PFL quarterbacks with 467 rushing yards, while Butler's Matt Lancaster ranks second with 279 yards. Lancaster leads the league's signal callers with six rushing touchdowns, and he ranks third in the circuit in total offense (263.5 ypg). Hudson didn't play in last year's game against Butler, but Lancaster rushed for 61 yards and two touchdowns in the Bulldogs' victory over the Camels.
•Quarterback Matt Lancaster became the seventh player in Butler history to pass for 4,000 career yards in the Bulldogs' victory over Stetson. He enters this week's action in seventh place on Butler's all-time passing list with 4,010 career yards, 61 yards shy of Rob Cutter (1984-87) in the No. 6 spot.
•Matt Lancaster completed 15 of 21 passes for 168 yards and one touchdown against Campbell last year.
•Matt Lancaster started his 17th consecutive game for the Bulldogs last weekend against Stetson. Butler is 12-5 with Lancaster as a starter.
•Matt Lancaster is a semifinalist for a 2013 National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete Award. The award includes an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship.
•Running back Trae Heeter ranks seventh on Butler's all-time rushing list with 2,588 career rushing yards. He trails Andy Howard (1979-82) in sixth place on the all-time list by 103 yards.
•Trae Heeter posted his first career 200-yard rushing performance against Campbell last year. He picked up 204 yards on 21 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns.
•Trae Heeter ranks second in the PFL in all-purpose yards (119.2).
•Wide receiver Marquese Martin-Hayes had a career-high 107 all-purpose yards against Stetson. He returned three kickoffs for 57 yards and had 50 additional yards on three pass receptions.
•Defensive back David Burke had a team-high eight tackles against Stetson, including one touchdown-saving stop. Burke caught Stetson quarterback Ryan Tentler from behind on a break-away, 57-yard run, and Butler wound up stopping the drive five plays later on a fumble recovery by Sean Horan.
•Defensive tackle Glen Somers recorded two quarterback sacks against Campbell last year.
•Defensive back Sean Grady ranks fifth in the PFL in passes defended (1.17). Grady has two pass interceptions and five pass breakups in six games.
•Placekicker Jon Treloar ranks second in the PFL in PAT kicking percentage (.962). He ranks fifth in the league in kick scoring (6.2).