Oct. 29, 2005
Tailback Scott Phaydavong rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns and running back Michael Bialas added 81 yards on the ground and a pair of TDs to lead host Drake to a 56-10 victory over Butler in a Pioneer Football League North Division game played at Valley High School in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, Oct. 29. The win lifted Drake to 4-4 on the season and 1-2 in league play, while Butler fell to 0-9 overall and 0-3 in the league.
Phaydavong and Bialas each scored a pair of first half touchdowns to help Drake race to a 42-3 halftime lead. Phaydavong scored on a 13-yard run in the first quarter and a 78-yard run in the second period. Bialas tallied Drake's first touchdown on a one-yard run less than four minutes into the game and then added a one-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Phaydavong picked up his game-high rushing total on 11 carries, while Bialas had 14 attempts in the contest. Drake rushed for 372 yards on 50 carries for the game.
Butler's lone first half points came three minutes after Drake's opening score. The host team fumbled a 64-yard punt by Butler's Phil Buchanan and freshman D'Andre Dowdy recovered the miscue at Drake's 24-yard line. Butler reached the Drake 19 in three plays and freshman Jordan Quiroz finished the series with a 36-yard field goal.
The final Butler score came in the fourth quarter when junior quarterback Ryan Diggins led the Bulldogs on a 65-yard scoring drive. Diggins, who completed a 40-yard pass to senior Eric Neumeier during the drive, hit sophomore Alex White with a 16-yard scoring pass for Butler's lone touchdown. It was the second consecutive game that Diggins has come off the bench to throw a touchdown pass.
Junior Billy Nardini finished as Butler's leading rusher in the game with 53 yards on 19 carries, while Diggins completed 11 of 18 passes for 129 yards. He was intercepted once. Starting quarterback T. J. Brown hit four of 11 passes for 47 yards. Junior Tyler Keller topped Butler's defense with seven tackles.
Butler will play its final two games of the season at the Butler Bowl, beginning with a PFL North Division game against Dayton on Saturday, Nov. 5.