October 11, 2008

Bulldogs Roll Past Campbell, 56-7

Quarterback Matt Kobli passed for 266 yards and three touchdowns and running back Ryan Hitchcock scored three times to lead visiting Butler to a 56-7 victory over Campbell in a Pioneer Football League game at Barker-Lane Stadium in Buies Creek, N.C., on Saturday, Oct. 11. It was Butler's first league road win since 2002 and lifted the 4-1 Bulldogs to 2-0 in the PFL for the first time since 1993.

Kobli completed nine of 10 passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter, while helping Butler to a 21-0 lead. He left the game in the third quarter with the Bulldogs ahead, 42-7, after completing 23 of 29 passes with no interceptions.

Hitchcock chipped in with his first collegiate 100-yard rushing game, finishing with 109 yards on 11 carries. He had touchdown runs of four yards in the first quarter and 20 yards in the third period to go with a 22-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter.

Butler jumped in front for good just over six minutes into the game on Kobli's five-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Dan Bohrer, ending a seven-play, 60-yard drive. Hitchcock scored his first touchdown five minutes later ending a 57-yard drive, and Kobli threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Eddie McHale with just over a minute remaining in the first period to finish a 43-yard drive.

Campbell (1-6, 0-4 PFL) scored its lone touchdown on a 19-yard Wesley Snow to C. J. Oates pass just under six minutes into the second quarter, before Hitchcock tallied his second touchdown at 5:14 to give the Bulldogs a 28-7 halftime lead.

The Bulldogs added four more touchdowns in the second half, including two by running back Dionte Wiggins. The redshirt-freshman scored on a 14-yard run midway through the third period and on an 18-yard run late in the fourth period. Hitchcock scored his final touchdown with just over two minutes remaining in the third quarter, and freshman quarterback Andrew Huck scored on a 39-yard carry in the final period. It was Huck's first collegiate carry!

Senior placekicker Jordan Quiroz was perfect on eight PAT attempts in the game, which tied the Butler single game record for most extra points. The record was originally set by Bob Ligda (vs. St. Joseph's in 1974) and tied by Tim Witmer (vs. St. Ambrose in 1989).

Butler rolled up a season-high 535 yards in total offense, including a season-high 269 rushing yards. The 56 points were the most by the Bulldogs since 2000 and the most in a victory since 1989. The last time Butler scored more points in a game was in a 64-0 win over Anderson in 1987.

Bohrer finished with nine receptions for 101 yards. It was his second 100-yard receiving game in five outings. Redshirt-freshman Jeff Poss led Butler's defensive unit with a career-high seven tackles, including three tackles for loss. Sophomore linebacker Derek Bradford added six tackles and a pass interception, while sophomore Tadd Dombart recorded his second pass theft of the season.