Matt Lancaster Earns PFL Honor

Matt Lancaster (Photo by Brent Smith)

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Senior Matt Lancaster, who led Butler to a key conference victory, has been named Pioneer Football League Co-Offensive Player of the Week.  The Butler quarterback shared the league's weekly honor with Chuckie Looney of Marist.

Lancaster had his ample talent on full display, while leading Butler to a 33-30 come-from-behind victory in a first place showdown at Dayton.  He rushed for two touchdowns and passed for two more to help Butler overcome a 21-point deficit in the spotlight PFL contest.  The win kept Butler in a three-way tie for first place in the PFL with San Diego and Marist.

The reigning PFL Offensive Player of the Year, Lancaster rushed for a game-high 116 yards on 20 carries.  He scored Butler's first touchdown on a 56-yard run in the first quarter, and he tallied the Bulldogs' final touchdown on a one-yard run in the third period.  The two touchdowns game him a team-high ten for the season.

He also completed 18 of 27 passes for 232 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dylan Johnson and a six-yard touchdown pass to tight end Zack Wolfe.  And Lancaster even came up with his first pass reception of the season, covering 20 yards.

It was the second time this season that Lancaster has been named PFL Offensive Player of the Week.

Looney passed for 362 yards and five touchdowns, while helping Marist to a 42-35 victory over Jacksonville.

Butler (7-3, 5-1 PFL) will play its final home game of the season on Saturday, Nov. 9, against Valparaiso.  The "Senior Day" game at the Butler Bowl will start at 1 p.m.