Nov. 15, 2003
Senior Brandon Martin came up with a touchdown-saving tackle on the final play of his collegiate career to help Butler to a 17-13 victory over visiting St. Joseph's in the final regular season game for both teams at the Butler Bowl on Saturday, Nov. 15. The outcome left both Indiana squads with a final 2-9 mark.
The Pumas, trailing by four points, mounted a late drive and reached the Butler 19-yard line with 0:05 left on the clock. Quarterback Nate Durant hit running back Demarrio Campbell with a pass over the middle, and Campbell looked to have an open lane to the end zone. But Martin, a free safety, closed quickly and stopped Campbell at the three-yard line to end the game.
Butler grabbed a 17-0 lead in the game on a two-yard touchdown run by freshman Brian Holthaus and a 24-yard field goal by junior Matt Taber in the first quarter, and a 10-yard Bob Farmer to Bob Leonard touchdown pass in the third quarter.
But the Pumas charged back in the second half on touchdown runs by Chris Froelich (3 yards) and Durant (10 yards). Brandon Deardorff missed the extra point kick after the second TD.
The Bulldogs had a season-high 208 rushing yards in the contest and rolled up a season-high 27 first downs. Freshman Billy Nardini led the way with a career-high 138 rushing yards on 28 carries, while Holthaus added 54 yards.
Farmer finished the game with 201 passing yards. He completed 17 of 29 attempts with one interception. Leonard had five catches for 76 yards, while freshman Matt McCanna added 40 yards on four catches.
Martin led the Bulldogs with 13 tackles, including one tackle for loss. He also had his eighth pass interception of the season, closing his career with a Butler all-time record 17 pass thefts. His eight interceptions this year left him one shy of Butler's single season record.
The Bulldogs, who dropped their first nine contests in 2003, ended the season with a two-game winning streak.