Drake Rolls Past Butler, 43-6
Oct. 16, 2004
Freshman Michael Bialis scored three touchdowns to lead visiting Drake to a 43-6 victory over Butler in a Pioneer Football League North Division game at the Butler Bowl on Saturday, Oct. 16. The win lifted Drake to 5-2 on the season and 2-0 in PFL North Division play, while Butler fell to 1-6 overall and 0-1 in league action.
Bialas had just 11 carries in the game, but he scored on a pair of two-yard runs in the second quarter and on a three-yard run in the third period. He helped the visitors score 43 consecutive points in 30 minutes, after Drake fell behind 6-0 in the first quarter.
Butler grabbed the lead with 5:42 remaining in the first period on a nine-yard Ian Nelson to Matt McCanna touchdown pass. The scoring aerial capped a 10-play, 85-yard drive that was highlighted by a 20-yard Nelson to McCanna pass and a 21-yard Nelson to Kevin Housand pass. The extra point kick attempt by Eric Neumeier missed to the left of the goal post.
Drake grabbed the lead on the first touchdown by Bialas. Tyler McGlade converted the extra point kick attempt and the visitors were in front for good. Tailback Scott Phaydavong, who finished with 119 rushing yards on the afternoon, scored on a 44-yard run to make it 13-0, followed by two more Bialas touchdowns.
Quarterback Connor Jostes hit Tyler Putnam with an 11-yard scoring pass late in the third quarter, and then Drake picked up a safety on the final play of the third period when the center snap on a Butler punt attempt sailed into the end zone. Drake closed its scoring when Jason Jones took the ensuing kickoff and raced 73 yards to the end zone.
Butler did pick up a record performance from senior strong safety Andy Nelson, who tied the school single game mark for pass interceptions with three. Nelson matched the record held by Brandon Martin (2003 against Davidson), Weylin Stewart (1991 versus Grand Valley State), George Yearsich (1971 against St. Joseph's) and Dan Fuhs (1980 versus Indianapolis). All three Nelson interceptions came in the second quarter. The Butler senior also had three pass deflections and eight tackles in the game.
Butler coach Kit Cartwright used three different quarterbacks in the game, and the three combined for 189 yards. Starter Ian Nelson completed 13 of 25 passes (with two interceptions) for 127 yards, while senior Adam Webb hit three of eight attempts for 26 yards. Junior Bob Farmer, who left the game with an injury in the fourth quarter, completed three of six passes for 36 yards. Junior Phil Christner finished with six catches for 64 yards.