Dayton Runs Past Butler, 41-0
Oct. 5, 2002
Tailback Tony Hurps rushed for 110 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead host Dayton to a 41-0 victory over visiting Butler in a Pioneer Football League game at Welcome Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 5. The win boosted the #2-ranked Flyers to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in conference play, while Butler fell to 2-3 on the season and 0-1 in league action.
The Flyers scored the first seven times they had the ball and maintained control of the game from the opening kickoff. Dayton drove 58 yards on 11 plays on its first possession and took an early 7-0 lead on quarterback Kelly Spiker's one-yard run.
That lead grew to 27-0 by halftime. Hurps scored a pair of first half touchdowns on runs of two and 18 yards and placekicker Jesse Obert nailed field goals of 36 and 44 yards. The Flyers rolled up 16 first downs and 299 yards in the first stanza!
Butler managed just 56 total yards and four first downs in the initial 30 minutes!
Dayton added two more touchdowns in the second half to close out its eighth straight win over the Bulldogs. The Flyers finished with 451 yards in total offense, including 275 on the ground. Dayton only punted once in the contest and that came with 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter!
Butler's best scoring opportunity came in the fourth quarter when quarterback Travis Delph led the Bulldogs on a 66-yard march to the Dayton 14-yard line. Key to the drive were 20-yard passes to Adam Lafferty and Kyle Derickson. But the Flyers maintained the shutout when Todd Thobe intercepted a Delph pass in the end zone.
Delph completed 11 of 18 passes for 113 yards in the game. Tailback Justin Campbell had five catches for 59 yards. Tailback Dale Jennings had 11 carries for 28 yards. Butler managed just 142 total yards for the game. Defensive backs Joel Rush and Russ Mann led the Bulldogs with 10 tackles apiece.