October 14, 2006

Drake Runs Past Butler, 29-0

Oct. 14, 2006

Box Score

Junior running back Scott Phaydavong rushed for 242 yards and a touchdown and junior fullback Willie Cashmore added a pair of rushing touchdowns to lead visiting Drake to a 29-0 victory over Butler in a Pioneer Football League game at the Butler Bowl on Saturday (Oct. 14). The win was the sixth straight for Drake and lifted the Iowa squad to 6-1 on the season and 3-0 in league play. Butler fell to 2-5 overall and 1-3 in the PFL.

Phaydavong, the leading rusher in the PFL, gave Drake at first quarter lead with a 67-yard touchdown run midway through the opening period. He also had a 63-yard run early in the fourth quarter before retiring to the sidelines. The speedy tailback had 22 carries in the contest and did not lose a yard.

Cashmore scored on runs of seven and four yards in the second period. He finished with 67 yards on nine carries, while helping Drake to 311 rushing yards for the contest. Drake added a safety right before halftime to take a 23-0 advantage to the locker room at intermission.

Drake's Logan Rees finished the scoring with field goals of 37 and 38 yards in the final period.

"They (Drake) were big and physical," said Butler coach Jeff Voris after the game. "But I was proud with the way we kept battling. We fought and it was still a game in the fourth quarter."

"If we could have gotten anything going on offense, we would have had a chance," added the Butler coach

Butler managed just 36 yards in total offense and just three first downs in the first half. The home Bulldogs did pick up the pace in the second half, finishing with 177 yards in total offense, but Drake's defense held on for its first shutout of the season. Drake has not allowed more than a single touchdown in any of its last six games.

Butler's best scoring opportunity came in third quarter when cornerback Ryan Schmidtz came up with his second pass interception of the game at the Drake 26-yard line and returned it to the Drake 19-yard line. The home Bulldogs reached the 12-yard line on a seven-yard pass from T. J. Brown to Brian Holthaus, but two more passes fell incomplete to end the bid.

Holthaus led Butler on the ground with 57 rushing yards on 15 carries. Brown completed 18 of 39 passes with one interception for 128 yards. Four of those passes were caught by Dan Bohrer, who finished with 42 yards. Junior Mike Marzotto topped Butler's defense with seven tackles.

Butler will close out its two-game homestand against Valparaiso on Saturday, Oct. 21. That game, slated for 1 p.m. at the Butler Bowl, will be Butler's annual Homecoming contest.