Oct. 8, 2005
Quarterback Josh Johnson passed for 314 yards and three touchdowns to lead host San Diego to a 49-7 victory over Butler in a Pioneer Football League North Division game at Torero Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 8. The Homecoming win lifted the Toreros to 5-1 on the season and 1-0 in PFL North Division play, while Butler fell to 0-6 on the year and 0-1 in league play.
Johnson, in his first season as a starter for head coach Jim Harbaugh, connected on 26 of 32 passes in the game. He tossed a first quarter, 31-yard touchdown pass to John Matthews and second quarter scoring aerials of 10 yards to Nick Garton and 29 yards to Adam Hannula, before giving way to back-up quarterback David Perez late in the third quarter.
The Toreros jumped to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on the touchdown pass to Matthews and a 19-yard pass interception return for a touchdown by Josh Brisco. The two second quarter touchdown tosses and the first of two touchdown runs by tailback JT Rogan made it 35-0 at halftime.
Rogan, who scored from eight yards out in the second period, added a two-yard scoring run in the third quarter, before the Bulldogs cracked the scoring column on a 14-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback T. J. Brown to wide receiver Matt McCanna. It was the first career touchdown pass for Brown, who entered the game when starting quarterback Bob Farmer was injured in the first half. The touchdown catch was McCanna's second this season.
Perez ended the game's scoring with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Eric Gregg early in the fourth quarter. The Toreros finished with 576 yards in total offense, including 373 through the air.
San Diego's top-ranked defense limited the Bulldogs to just 53 yards on the ground and 163 total yards. Junior tailback Billy Nardini gained 50 rushing yards on 12 carries, while Brown completed six of 16 passes for 92 yards. Sophomore Nate Miller was Butler's top pass receiver with four catches for 74 yards. Sophomore linebacker Mike Marzotto matched his career-high with 14 tackles in the game, including nine solo stops. He's led the Bulldogs in tackles for four consecutive weeks.
The Bulldogs will return to Indianapolis and prepare for their annual Homecoming game against Valparaiso on Saturday, Oct. 15. The 1 p.m. (EST) contest will be Butler's second in the newly-renovated Butler Bowl.