September 23, 2008

Butler Returns To Action At Missouri S & T

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Butler's game at Missouri S & T will be broadcast live on Freedom 95.9 (FM). Brian Giffin and Ken LaRose will handle the broadcast duties.

RETURN GAME: Butler, coming off an unexpected open week, will return to action with a road game at Missouri S & T in Rolla, Mo., on Saturday, Sept. 27. The non-conference game at Allgood-Bailey Stadium on the Missouri S & T campus is slated for 1 p.m (CT, 2 p.m. in Indianapolis). The Bulldogs were handed a rare weekend off when severe storms in southern Indiana on Sept. 14 forced the cancellation of Butler's Sept. 20 game with Hanover. Even though the contest was scheduled to be played in Indianapolis, Hanover had to temporarily shut down its football program when officials closed the school for the entire week due to a loss of power. The game will not be rescheduled this season. Missouri S & T improved to 2-1 on the year with a 34-21 victory at Wisconsin-Stout in its last outing. Wide receiver Mike Greaving caught three touchdown passes to spark the Miners to the road win. The Bulldogs, who defeated Missouri S & T (then known as Missouri-Rolla) in overtime in Indianapolis last year, are looking for their first victory at Allgood-Bailey Stadium.

Butler's last victory in Missouri came at Lindenwood, 27-16, in 1999.

STREAK SNAPPED: The Bulldogs are looking to rebound from a 31-28 setback to visiting Franklin on Sept. 13. The loss was Butler's first in a home-opener under head coach Jeff Voris and it snapped Butler's five-game non-conference winning streak. The Bulldogs jumped to a 14-0 lead in the game and held a 14-7 advantage at halftime. But the visiting Grizzlies scored 17 consecutive points in the first seven minutes of the third quarter, including 14 points in a stretch of 21 seconds, to take the lead for good.

LEAGUE HONOR: Junior wide receiver Dan Bohrer was named Pioneer Football League Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in Butler's game against Franklin. Bohrer caught a career-high 10 passes for a career-best 159 yards and scored all four Butler touchdowns against the Grizzlies. His four touchdown catches tied Butler's singe game record, set by Dave Oliver against St. Joseph's in 1974. The 10 total receptions tied the ninth-highest single game total in Butler football history. Bohrer had touchdown catches of 48, 10, eight and 13 yards. He became one of just six NCAA Division I FCS players to record four touchdowns in a game this season.

Dan Bohrer is tied for the PFL lead in scoring (12.0 ppg).

YARDS PLUS: Butler topped the 400-yard mark in total offense for the third time under head coach Jeff Voris in the game against Franklin. The Bulldogs gained 403 total yards against the Grizzlies, including 308 through the air. The total offense figure was the most by Butler since Sept. 8, 2007, when the Bulldogs rolled up 515 yards against Hanover. Butler currently stands second in the PFL in total offense with an average of 377.5 yards per game.

CAREER DAY: Sophomore quarterback Matt Kobli had career-highs of 48 pass attempts, 29 completions, 308 passing yards and four touchdown passes against Franklin. Kobli connected with 11 different pass receivers to compile his career-high totals. The 29 completions tied the second-highest single game total in Butler football history and the 48 attempts were two shy of the Butler single game record. The four touchdown passes were one shy of the school mark. Kobli became the first Butler quarterback to throw for over 300 yards since 2005, when Ryan Diggins passed for 306 yards against Missouri-Rolla.

Matt Kobli leads the PFL in total offense (287.5 ypg).

TWIN STOPPERS: Senior linebacker Mike Bennett and junior safety Spencer Summerville led the Bulldogs in tackles against Franklin with 10 stops apiece. Each had four solo tackles and six assists, and each recorded a career-high total for the game. Bennett came up with Butler's first pass interception of the season to stop a Franklin scoring attempt early in the fourth quarter, and Summerville recovered a fumble at the Butler one-yard line to stop a second scoring drive later in the period. Summerville leads the Bulldogs in tackles on the season with 19, while Bennett is second on the team with 18 stops.

HOME WORKER: Sophomore defensive back Jacob Fritz had nine tackles against Franklin, giving him 20 tackles in two career starts at the Butler Bowl. Fritz had a career-high 11 tackles in his first collegiate start against Davidson at the Bowl last year.

FOOT LOOSE: Sophomore Rob Blevins, punting in just his second game for the Bulldogs, averaged 41.4 yards on seven kicks against Franklin. He unleashed a career-long 57-yard punt late in the first quarter, and that kick gave the Bulldogs the field position which led to their second touchdown. Blevins dropped three punts inside the Franklin 20-yard line, including one inside the Franklin 10.

BULLDOG BITS:

•Butler leading rusher/scorer Scott Gray did not play in the Bulldogs' first two games because of injury, and the sophomore back could be sidelined for six more weeks. Gray led the Pioneer Football League in scoring with 15 touchdowns last season.

•Junior Dan Bohrer is second in the Pioneer Football League in touchdown receptions (4). Bohrer had just one touchdown catch last season, the game-winner in overtime against Missouri S & T.

•Teammates Dan Bohrer and sophomore Eddie McHale are tied for third in the PFL in pass receptions. The two Bulldogs each are averaging 6.0 catches per game.

•Senior Mike Bennett is closing in on 200 career tackles. The Butler linebacker enters this week's action with 187 career stops.

•Sophomore Matt Kobli stands second in the PFL in passing average (269.0 ypg) and in passing efficiency (143.7). Kobli has passed for 1,003 career yards, while starting just four games for the Bulldogs.

•Senior Jordan Quiroz was successful on all four of his PAT kick attempts against Franklin. He's perfect in both field goal kicking (2-2) and PAT kicking (6-6) this season.

•Sophomore Rob Blevins ranks second in the PFL in punting with a 41.2 average. Blevins owns the league's third-longest punt this year with his 57-yarder against Franklin. (Two PFL players have booted a 58-yard punt this season.)

•Sophomore Tadd Dombart, who had one punt return for 12 yards against Franklin, continues to lead the PFL in punt return average (22.2).

•Junior Spencer Summerville leads all defensive backs in the PFL in tackles (9.5). He's fourth overall in the league in tackles.

•Senior defensive end Derek Day ranks third in the PFL in quarterback sacks with two in two games.

•Senior defensive back Mark Kwiatkowski had a career-high eight tackles in Butler's victory over Missouri S & T last year.

•Butler is tied for second in the Pioneer Football League (with Dayton, behind San Diego) in Red Zone scoring. The Bulldogs have been in the "Red Zone" eight times in the first two games and have come away with points seven times.