Morehead State Overpowers Butler, 53-20
Sept. 28, 2002
Three touchdowns in the first eight minutes of the game helped lead host Morehead State to a 53-20 victory over Butler in a Pioneer Football League interdivisional game at Jayne Stadium in Morehead, Ky., on Saturday, Sept. 28. The win boosted the Eagles to 4-1 on the season, while Butler fell to 2-2.
The PFL South Division Eagles scored three times before Butler, from the PFL North Division, could record a first down. Fullback David White scored from five yards out on Morehead State's third play of the game to give the hosts a 6-0 lead (after the extra point kick was missed) with 12:48 left on the clock in the first quarter. The Eagles made it 12-0 (following another extra point miss) on a 50-yard David Caudill to Ralph Delsardo pass four minutes later and then increased the margin to 19-0 when Zac Prewitt picked off a Travis Delph pass and returned it 34 yards for a touchdown with 6:52 left in the first period.
The Bulldogs didn't record their initial first down until less than three minutes remained in the first quarter, but it did set the stage for Butler's lone touchdown of the first half. Delph found Adam Lafferty open over the middle and hit the senior wide receiver with a 58-yard pass to the Morehead State 24 yard line. Tailback Dale Jennings covered the remaining distance on a run around right end on the next play, but Matt Taber's extra point kick attempt was blocked, leaving the Bulldogs trailing, 19-6.
Morehead State added a pair of second quarter touchdowns to boost its halftime margin to 32-6.
Butler made a run at the Eagles with a pair of third quarter touchdowns to cut the home team's lead to 32-20. Sophomore tailback Justin Campbell broke loose on a 62-yard touchdown run with 6:28 left in the third period, and four minutes later Delph hit Lafferty with a 30-yard scoring pass.
But the Eagles answered with three fourth-quarter touchdowns to seal the outcome. Morehead State rolled up 608 yards in total offense and 29 first downs in the game. Caudill completed 23 of 31 passes for 364 yards and three touchdowns, while Delsardo finished with five receptions for 153 yards and one TD. Ten different players contributed to 244 rushing yards for the hosts.
Campbell paced the Bulldogs with 102 rushing yards on 12 carries, while Lafferty had three receptions for 105 yards. Delph managed just eight completions in 26 attempts for 133 yards, and he was intercepted four times. The Bulldogs, who finished with 291 total yards had six turnovers in the contest.
Butler sophomore defensive back Andy Cahill had an active afternoon with two pass interceptions and a fumble recovery against the Eagles. The pass thefts were the first of his career.