Bulldogs Wrap Homestand Against Drake

Brendan Shannon (Photo by Brent Smith)

BULLDOG DAY:  Butler will close out a three-game homestand when it hosts Drake in a Pioneer Football League contest on Saturday, Oct. 19.  The "Battle of the Bulldogs" is slated for 1 p.m. (ET) at the Butler Bowl.  Butler is looking to keep a perfect PFL record intact.  The Indianapolis squad improved to 3-0 in league play and 5-2 on the season with a 35-14 victory over Campbell at Butler's annual Homecoming game.  The win was Butler's third straight overall and fifth in the past six games.  Drake, coming off a 27-6 victory at Davidson, trails current PFL co-leaders Butler and San Diego by a single game in the league standings.  The Iowa squad, which shared the PFL crown with Butler and San Diego a year ago, has won three of its last four outings, including back-to-back PFL games.  Drake is the last PFL team to beat Butler, capturing last year's season-finale in Des Moines, Iowa, 45-20.                                                    

The Bulldogs have won seven straight PFL games in the Butler Bowl.

QUICK START:  It took just 48 seconds for Butler to jump in front of Campbell, and that opening strike was the first of four touchdowns by the Bulldogs in the initial half.  The home squad took the opening kickoff and marched 75 yards in just three plays with tight end Zack Wolfe hauling in a 36-yard scoring pass from quarterback Matt Lancaster for the game's first touchdown.  On the next possession, Butler moved 80 yards in three plays for a second score, a 15-yard touchdown run by senior Trae Heeter.  Butler's first two possessions lasted just over two minutes and resulted in an early 14-0 lead.  That margin stretched to 28-0 by halftime, and the Bulldogs answered a pair of Campbell scores in the second half with a fifth touchdown for the final 21-point margin.  It was the second consecutive year that Butler defeated Campbell, 35-14.

Butler is averaging 38.3 points against Pioneer Football League foes.     

OPENING ACT:  Quarterback Matt Lancaster fueled Butler's strong start against Campbell with more than 300 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the first 30 minutes.  The senior signal caller rushed for 81 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown run, on eight carries, and he connected on 13 of 19 passes for an additional 231 yards and another TD.  His 312 total yards were more than double the yards gained by the entire Campbell team in the opening half!  Lancaster only played three plays in the second half, but still recorded his third game this season with more than 300 total yards.  He's topped 300 yards six times in 18 career games with the Bulldogs.  

Matt Lancaster ranks second in the PFL in total offense (270.4 ypg).

RUN BLOCKER:  Butler's defense was charged with containing the nation's second-leading rushing offense and the Pioneer Football League's top rushing quarterback in the match with Campbell.  Mission accomplished.  Campbell entered the game averaging better than 300 per game on the ground, and the Camels had gained 681 rushing yards in their previous two PFL contests.  The Bulldogs limited the power-running squad to just 68 yards on the ground in the second half and 184 yards for the game.  Quarterback Brian Hudson, who was averaging 93.4 yards on the ground, managed just 24 against the Bulldogs.

CATCHING UP:  Wide receiver Brendan Shannon, who missed two games this season with injury, was back at full strength against Campbell.  And the Butler senior wasted little time making his presence felt.  He caught a 29-yard pass on the second play of the game to set up Butler's initial touchdown against the Camels.  And on Butler's next possession, he grabbed a pass and raced 60 yards to set up the Bulldogs' second touchdown of the contest.  Shannon finished the game with 10 receptions for a season-high 166 yards.  It was his third 100-yard receiving performance of the season and the seventh of his career.

Brendan Shannon leads the PFL in pass receptions per game (7.6).  

HEET CHECK:  Butler running back Trae Heeter recorded his third consecutive 100-yard rushing performance and his fourth in the past five games with 134 yards on 21 carries against Campbell.  The Butler senior also picked up a pair of rushing touchdowns for the third straight game.  Heeter found the end zone from 15 yards out midway through the first quarter to give Butler a 14-0 lead, and then he scored on a one-yard run with less than a minute to play in the second quarter to make it 28-0 at halftime.  Over the past three contests, Heeter has rushed for 479 yards and six touchdowns, while averaging 5.8 yards per carry.

Trae Heeter has rushed for 100 or more yards in 11 games during his Butler career.

BULLDOG BITS:

•Quarterback Matt Lancaster moved into sixth place on Butler's all-time passing list in the Bulldogs' victory over Campbell.  He enters this week's action with 4,241 career yards, trailing Curt Roy (1979-83) in fifth place by 320 yards.

•Matt Lancaster completed 19 of 37 passes for 248 yards and two touchdowns against Drake last year.

•Matt Lancaster started his 18th consecutive game for the Bulldogs last weekend against Campbell.  Butler is 13-5 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 has taken over the No. 6 spot on Butler's all-time rushing list with 2,722 career rushing yards.  He's 80 yards shy of Kevin Kimble (1989-92) in fifth place and 157 yards behind Leroy Thompson (1953-56) in the No. 4 position on the all-time list.

•Trae Heeter leads the PFL in rushing (109.0), and he ranks second in the league in all-purpose yards (121.3).  Heeter led the PFL in rushing in 2012.

•Trae Heeter has not faced Drake since 2011, when he rushed for 75 yards on 14 carries.  He missed last year's game with injury.

•Wide receiver Brendan Shannon ranks fourth in the PFL in receiving yards (93.4).  Shannon had eight catches for 126 yards and a touchdown against Drake last year.

•Linebacker Paul Yanow had a career-high 11 tackles to lead Butler's defensive effort against Campbell.  

•Defensive back David Burke ranks second in the PFL with a pair of fumble recoveries.

•Defensive back Sean Grady is tied for fifth in the PFL in passes defended (1.00).  

•Sean Grady had a career-high 13 tackles against Drake last year.

•Placekicker Jon Treloar ranks second in the PFL in PAT kicking percentage (.968).  He's tied for fourth in the league in kick scoring (6.0).  Treloar has connected on 16 consecutive PAT kick attempts.