Bulldogs Host League-Leading Dayton In Final Home Game
HOME FINALE: Butler will close out its 2008 home schedule against league-leading Dayton on Saturday, Nov. 8. The Pioneer Football League game, slated for 1 p.m. at the Butler Bowl, will end a three-game homestand for the Bulldogs. Butler (6-2, 4-1 PFL) is trying to rebound from its first setback in six games and its first PFL loss of the season. Jacksonville handed the Bulldogs a 45-9 setback at the Butler Bowl last weekend (Nov. 1), ending a streak of eight straight games in which Butler had scored at least two touchdowns. The loss dropped Butler into a tie with Jacksonville for second place in the PFL, one game behind Dayton (8-1, 5-0 PFL). The Flyers own a five-game winning streak, including a 30-22 victory at San Diego. That win snapped the Toreros' 28-game home field winning streak, the longest in the NCAA Division I FCS. Dayton has won 11 consecutive PFL games, which is tied for the longest conference win streak in the FCS. The Flyers boast the PFL's top defense, allowing just 252.8 yards and 14.4 points per game.
The Bulldogs (2-2) can post their first winning record at home since 2002 with a victory over Dayton.
AIR SHOW: Freshman Josh McGregor passed for four touchdowns to lead visiting Jacksonville to a one-sided victory over the Bulldogs. The first-year signal-caller tossed three scoring aerials in the first half and added a fourth in the final period. His first touchdown pass gave Jacksonville a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, and the Dolphins held the lead for the rest of the game. Butler did close to within 14-9 in the second quarter, but McGregor responded with this third touchdown pass of the first half to give Jacksonville a 21-9 halftime lead.
SENIOR DAY: Saturday's game against Dayton will be the final home appearance for 13 seniors on Butler's 2008 roster. Facing their final home game are Mike Bennett (Elmhurst, Ill.), Jared Branyon (Vincennes), Nick Clarkson (Fortville), Derek Day (Bedford), Chase Donner (Fisherville, Ky.), Luke Johnson (Terre Haute), Mark Kwiatkowski (Worthington, Ohio), Rob Noel (Westerville, Ohio), Eric Notestine (Columbus), Robbie Person (Greenville, Ohio), Jordan Quiroz (Silver Lake), Ryan Schmidtz (Fairfield, Ohio) and Alex White (Westfield). All 13 have contributed to a remarkable turnaround, leading Butler from an 0-11 record in 2005 to the school's first winning record in more than a decade this season! Noel, a team captain, has played in all 41 games over his four seasons with the Bulldogs. Bennett, also a team captain, and Day each have played in 40 games. Six other seniors have played in at least 30 games.
RUSH JOB: Redshirt freshman Dionte Wiggins, who began fall practice as the No. 4 tailback on Butler's depth chart, was given his first collegiate start against Jacksonville, and he exploded for 188 rushing yards on 27 carries! He scored Butler's lone touchdown against the Dolphins on a 62-yard run, and he had a second long touchdown run called back because of a holding penalty. His 188 rushing yards were the most by a Butler player since 2002, when Dale Jennings rushed for 194 yards against Tiffin.
Dionte Wiggins' 188 rushing yards are the second-most in the PFL this season.
MOVING UP: Sophomore quarterback Matt Kobli, who completed 19 of 34 passes for 149 passing yards against Jacksonville, has moved into 11th place on Butler's single season passing chart with 1,758 yards. He trails Curt Roy, 1981, in 10th place on the chart by 87 yards, and he needs 242 yards to become the seventh Butler quarterback to pass for 2,000 yards in a season. Kobli continues to lead the Pioneer Football League in total offense (271.0 ypg), while ranking third in pass efficiency (143.9). He's fifth in the league in both passing average (219.8) and rushing (51.2).
Matt Kobli ranks 15th in the NCAA Division I FCS in total offense.
SACK ATTACK: Redshirt-freshman Grant Hunter racked up a pair of quarterback sacks for a loss of eight yards and three total tackles for loss against Jacksonville. The two sacks gave him a PFL-leading nine quarterback sacks on the season. The nine sacks are the most by a Butler player since 1992, when Elgin Reese recorded 14. Hunter also lead the PFL in tackles for loss with 13 (1.62).
RECEIVING LINE: Junior Dan Bohrer and freshman Zach Watkins each had seven pass receptions against Jacksonville. Bohrer finished with 93 receiving yards, while Watkins wound up with 40 yards. The seven catches gave Bohrer 47 receptions on the season and lifted him into a tie for 10th place on Butler's single season list for pass receptions. He's two catches shy of Steve Roberts, 1989, in ninth place.
Dan Bohrer ranks second in the PFL in receiving yards (75.0) and third in the league in pass receptions (5.9).
TOP TEN: Senior placekicker Jordan Quiroz has taken over sole possession of seventh place on Butler's career scoring chart with 163 points. He's nine points shy of Kevin McDevitt, 1973-76, in sixth place.
•For the first time this season, sophomore running back Scott Gray appears on Butler's depth chart. Gray, who led the PFL in scoring last season, has missed Butler's first eight games with a foot injury. He led Butler in rushing last year, and he was the No. 1 tailback on Butler's preseason depth chart.
•The Bulldogs, who rushed for 217 yards against Jacksonville, stand second in the PFL in team rushing offense (159.2 ypg).
•Junior Derek Guggenberger led the Bulldogs against Jacksonville with eight tackles. Guggenberger ranks eighth in the PFL in tackles (7.1). The Butler linebacker had a team-high 11 tackles against Dayton last season.
•Junior strong safety Spencer Summerville ranks ninth in the PFL in tackles (6.8). He's third in the league in tackles among defensive backs.
•Freshman Jordan Koopman had a career-high six kickoff returns for a career-best 112 yards against Jacksonville. His career-long 32-yard return against the Dolphins was the longest by a Butler player this season.
•Quarterback Matt Kobli is second in the PFL in pass completions (175), and he's thrown the fewest pass interceptions (4) of any starting quarterback in the league. Kobli has a league-best .673 completion percentage.
•Senior Jordan Quiroz ranks fourth in the PFL in kick scoring (5.2). He has 33 successful PAT kicks this season, seven shy of the Butler school record set by Mario Neto Brocchi in 2000.
•Sophomore Rob Blevins had a career-long 62-yard punt against Jacksonville. He ranks third in the PFL in punting (37.8).
•Sophomore defensive back Tadd Dombart didn't have a punt return against Jacksonville, dropping him below the league minimum to be ranked. Dombart has averaged 25.9 yards on seven punt returns. He's tied for ninth in the PFL in interceptions (0.25).
•Sophomore defensive back Jacob Fritz had 10 tackles against Dayton last year, including a career-best eight solo tackles.
•Butler has already scored more points in eight games (254) this season than it did in 11 games (241) last year. The Bulldogs have tallied 35 touchdown this season, compared to 30 last year.