Sept. 25, 2004
Senior tailback John Leverett rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns to lead host Davidson to a 21-14 Homecoming victory over Butler in a Pioneer Football League interdivisional game Smith Field on Saturday, Sept. 25. The loss dropped the Bulldogs to 0-4 on the season, while Davidson climbed to 1-2.
Leverett, who scored Davidson's first touchdown on a 14-yard run in the first quarter, notched the game-winner on a three-yard run late in the third quarter. The Wildcats took advantage of a short Butler punt and marched 35 yards in eight plays for what turned out to be the winning score.
Butler's defense actually held on the crucial drive and forced Davidson to attempt a field goal. But the Bulldogs were called for a "roughing the kicker" penalty on the play, giving Davidson a first down on the three-yard line. Leverett then completed the drive with a three-yard dive.
The Bulldogs jumped in front for the third straight week, scoring on their first possession of the game. Quarterback Ian Nelson led a 56-yard march in 15 plays and capped the drive with a one-yard touchdown plunge. Eric Neumeier's extra point kick attempt gave the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead with 7:01 left in the first period.
Davidson answered with Leverett's first touchdown and then grabbed the lead on a 16-yard run tailback Jonathan Hubbard in the second quarter. Butler tied the game just before halftime on a 24-yard touchdown pass from Nelson to wide receiver Phil Christner. The Bulldogs had marched 72 yards in nine plays for the score.
Nelson had his best offensive day of the season, gaining 104 rushing yards on 23 carries and passing for 172 yards and one touchdown. Sophomore Billy Nardini caught six passes for 84 yards, including a career-long 42-yard reception.
Junior Mike Seidl led another solid defensive performance by the Bulldogs with a career-high 10 tackles, while senior linebacker Parker Smith added eight stops. Sophomores Ben Hess and Collin McGann each had a pass interception in the game, and McGann added a fumble recovery.
The Bulldogs will return to the Butler Bowl for only the second time this season to host Austin Peay on Saturday, Oct. 2. The 1 p.m. (EST) game will be Butler's Homecoming.