Sept. 17, 2005
Quarterback Drew Geyer threw for 211 yards and four touchdowns to lead host Robert Morris to a 49-13 victory over Butler in the inaugural game at Joe Walton Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 17. The victory lifted Robert Morris to 1-1 on the season, while the Bulldogs fell to 0-3.
Geyer, who completed 12 of 17 throws in the game, tossed two touchdown passes in the first quarter and three in the first half, while leading the Colonials to a 35-0 halftime advantage. His favorite target was speedy wide receiver Tyjuan Massey, who caught a 56-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter and a 34-yard scoring aerial in the third period. Massey finished the game with four catches for 113 yards and the two scores.
Robert Morris jumped in front on its first drive of the game, marching 62 yards in nine plays to take a 7-0 lead. Running back Devin Wilson scored the touchdown on a four-yard run. It was the first of three touchdowns by Wilson on the afternoon. He added a one-yard scoring run and caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from Geyer in the second quarter.
Butler broke into the scoring column on its first drive of the third quarter, marching 68 yards in seven plays before quarterback Bob Farmer hit wide receiver Phil Vorndran with an 11-yard scoring pass. The Bulldogs added a second touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 25-yard Farmer to Matt McCanna touchdown pass. The second score was set-up when Mike Seidl intercepted a Geyer pass at the Robert Morris 30-yard line.
Farmer completed 18 of 36 passes for 209 yards on the afternoon. Senior Phil Christner led eight Butler pass receivers with five catches for 64 yards, while Vorndran added three receptions for 31 yards. Running back Billy Nardini led the Bulldogs on the ground with 45 yards on 11 carries, while sophomore Derek North added 40 yards on six attempts.
The game was played in the new $10 million football stadium on the Robert Morris campus. The stadium is named in honor of Robert Morris head coach Joe Walton.
Butler will continue a three-game road stretch with a game at Jacksonville, Fla., on Saturday, Sept. 24.