Big Second Half Lifts Davidson Past Butler, 45-27
Sept. 20, 2003
Junior Damion White passed for four touchdowns and led visiting Davidson to a 45-27 come-from-behind victory over Butler at the Butler Bowl on Saturday, Sept. 20. The win lifted Davidson to 1-3 on the year, while Butler fell to 0-3.
White threw three of his touchdown passes after intermission to help the Wildcats overcome a 27-9 halftime deficit. He hit senior Barrett Johnson with a three-yard scoring pass to open the third period, after setting up the scoring play with a 52-yard pass to Johnson. The Davidson signal caller found Johnson again with a 16-yard touchdown pass later in the quarter and then closed the period with a three-yard scoring pass to sophomore Jordan Sundheim.
White completed 15 of 27 passes for 232 yards in the game. He also had 49 rushing yards in the contest. Johnson caught seven passes for 152 yards and tied a school record with three touchdown catches. Tailback John Leverett chipped in with 112 rushing yards on 25 carries, and he scored a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns.
The first half belonged to the Bulldogs. Playing in front of a Homecoming crowd of 5,017 fans, Butler jumped in front midway through the first quarter on a one-yard touchdown run by junior Justin Campbell.
Following a 22-yard field goal by Davidson's Chris Costello, Butler made it 14-3 on a 14-yard Adam Webb to Kelly Disser touchdown pass. Johnson grabbed his first touchdown pass, a 27-yarder to make it 14-9, but the Bulldogs answered with a 19-yard touchdown run by Campbell and a one-yard scoring run by Webb.
Campbell finished with 58 rushing yards on 19 carries, while junior quarterback Ian Nelson added 57 yards on 11 carries. Webb completed 15 of 26 passes for a career-high 170 yards, while senior Bob Leonard, playing in his first game this season, had six receptions for 83 yards.
Senior Brandon Martin had three pass interceptions against White. That effort tied a Butler single game record that was shared by three other Bulldogs.
Butler has dropped its first three games for the first time since 1981. The Bulldogs will travel to Stevens Point, Wis., on Saturday, Sept. 27, to face UW-Stevens Points.