Bulldogs Post Most Football Wins Since 1997
WINNING SEASON: Butler ended the 2008 football season with its most victories and first winning record more than a decade. The resurgent Bulldogs closed with a 6-5 overall mark, which included a five-game winning streak, and a 4-4 record in the Pioneer Football League. The six wins tied the second-highest single season total at Butler since the Bulldogs moved from the NCAA Division II to the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision in 1993. Butler, picked to finish in a tie for seventh in the PFL in a preseason poll of league coaches, wound up tied for fourth in the final league standings, and the Bulldogs defeated the other two fourth place squads (Drake and Morehead State). Butler's last winning record was a 6-4 mark in 1997, while the team's Division I record for wins was set in 1994 when the Bulldogs posted a 7-3 record.
PRIZE CATCH: Junior wide receiver Dan Bohrer caught seven passes for 146 yards and a touchdown in Butler's season-ending 46-34 loss at Davidson. The touchdown catch was his 11th of the season, breaking Butler's single season record that he set a week earlier at San Diego. Bohrer finished with year with 71 receptions for 971 yards. The 71 catches are the second-highest single season total in Butler football history while the 971 yards are the third-highest Butler season total. The talented Butler receiver climbed to second on Butler's all-time list for receptions (140), two shy of the school record held by Eric Voss (1990-93), and into sixth place on Butler's all-time list for receiving yards (1,770). His 15 career TD catches are three shy of Butler's all-time record held by Mike Chrobot (1975-78).
Dan Bohrer wound up second in the PFL in both receptions per game (6.4) and receiving yards per game (86.6).
AIR MILES: Quarterback Matt Kobli matched his career-high with 308 passing yards at Davidson. He completed 23 of 33 passes, including touchdown throws of 11 yards to Alex White and 26 yards to Dan Bohrer. The two scoring tosses gave him 23 touchdown passes on the year, breaking the previous Butler single season record of 22 set by DeWayne Ewing in 2000. Kobli finished the year with 2,518 passing yards, the second-highest single season total in Butler history. He also had the second-highest Butler season total for pass completions (237). Kobli added 42 rushing yards at Davidson and finished with a career-high 350 yards in total offense.
Matt Kobli led the PFL in total offense (273.7 ypg) in 2008.
KICK LEADER: Senior Jordan Quiroz was successful on four PAT kicks at Davidson, giving him a school-record 42 PAT kicks on the season. He broke the previous record of 40, set by Mario Neto Brocchi in 2000. Quiroz finished as the 2008 PFL leader in PAT kicking percentage (95.5, 42-44), and he shared the league lead in field goal kicking percentage (100.0, 4-4). He wound up fourth in the league kick scoring (4.9 ppg). Quiroz finished his career in sixth place on Butler's all-time scoring list with 175 points.
Jordan Quiroz finished second on Butler's all-time list for kick scoring.
•Quarterback Matt Kobli finished third in the PFL in pass efficiency (142.6) and fourth in the league in passing average (228.9). He also ranked eighth in the league in rushing (44.8). Kobli was the only player in the league to boast both a 300-yard passing game and a 100-yard rushing performance.
•Tailback Scott Gray scored a pair of touchdowns at Davidson, his first TDs of the season. Gray, who missed Butler's first eight games with injury, led the PFL in touchdowns in 2007 with 15.
•Defensive end Grant Hunter led the PFL in quarterback sacks with 14. It was the highest total by a Butler player since 1992 and tied the second-highest total ever by a Butler player, trailing the school-record of 17 set by Scott Cook in 1983. Hunter, a redshirt-freshman, finished second in the league in tackles for loss with 18.
•Sophomore Tadd Dombart wound up leading the PFL in punt return average (16.9). He had the league's longest punt return in 2008 with a 75-yard touchdown return against Morehead State.
•Senior offensive lineman Rob Noel tied Butler's career record for games played with 44 He was in the starting lineup in his final 22 Butler games.
Guggenberger led the Bulldogs in tackles for a second
consecutive year. The middle linebacker had 85 total tackles,
including a team-high 44 solo tackles.