Butler Stumbles At Jacksonville, 55-21
Sept. 24, 2005
Wide receiver Eldin Ferguson caught three touchdown passes and running backs Tyrone Bolden and Jeremy Brown each added a pair of rushing touchdowns to help host Jacksonville to a 55-21 victory over Butler in a game played at D. B. Milne Field in Jacksonville, Fla., on Saturday, Sept. 24. The win lifted Jacksonville to 1-1 on the season, while fell to 0-4.
Butler led twice in the game, at 7-0 and at 13-7, before the Dolphins went on a 48-8 scoring run. Jacksonville scored three touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 28-21 halftime lead and then added four more touchdowns in the second half to put things out of reach.
Ferguson caught touchdown passes of 33 yards and 12 yards in the second period and then added a 46-yard scoring catch in the third quarter. His second touchdown catch put the Dolphins in front for good at 28-21. He finished the game with four catches for 100 yards. Bolden scored Jacksonville's first touchdown on a four-yard run and then added a three-yard scoring run in the third quarter. Brown had a pair of two-yard touchdown runs.
After Bolden's first touchdown, Butler climbed back on top on a 15-yard touchdown run by sophomore Brian Holthaus. The score capped a three-play, 73-yard drive that was highlighted by a 61-yard run by tailback Billy Nardini. Holthaus also scored Butler's final touchdown on a 14-yard run with 2:22 remaining in the first half. Farmer hit wide receiver Nate Miller with a two-point scoring pass after the touchdown to tie the game at 21-21. From that point on, it was all Jacksonville!
The Dolphins finished with a school-record 585 yards in total offense, including 356 yards on the ground. The 55 points were just three shy of a school-record.
Nardini led the Bulldogs with a career-high 140 rushing yards on 19 carries. Holthaus added 57 yards on nine attempts. Farmer completed nine of 21 passes for 101 yards. Sophomore linebacker Mike Marzotto, coming off a career-high 14 tackles performance against Robert Morris, topped the Bulldogs in tackles with 12.
Butler will play its first game in the newly-renovated Butler Bowl on Saturday, Oct. 1, against Morehead State. Gametime will be 1 p.m.