Bulldogs Face Valparaiso In Hoosier Helmet Game
Oct. 14, 2008
TROPHY GAME: Butler will try to protect an unbeaten Pioneer Football League record, extend a three-game winning streak and capture a rivalry-game trophy when it visits long-time foe Valparaiso on Saturday, Oct. 18. The two Indiana opponents will be competing for the Hoosier Helmet Trophy for the third straight year when they square off at 1 p.m. (CT, 2 p.m. in Indianapolis) at Brown Field on the Valparaiso campus. Butler (4-1) improved to 2-0 in the PFL with a 56-7 victory at Campbell. It was Butler's third straight win overall, and the Bulldogs' first PFL road victory since 2002, snapping a 17-game league road losing streak! Valparaiso (2-3) picked up its first PFL win in two tries with a 35-29 come-from-behind victory in overtime against Davidson. Butler and Valparaiso will be meeting on the Crusaders' home field for the second consecutive year. The Crusaders won last year's Hoosier Helmet Trophy game, 42-37.
Butler is 2-0 in the PFL for the first time since 1993.
HOOSIER HELMET: The Hoosier Helmet Trophy was introduced to the long-standing Butler-Valparaiso football series in 2006. The white helmet on a wooden base sports a Valparaiso logo on one side and a Butler logo on the other. The Bulldogs won the initial Hoosier Helmet game, 32-10, at the Butler Bowl, while the Crusaders captured the trophy last year.
HIGH OCTANE: The Bulldogs rolled up their highest point total in nine seasons and their most in a victory in nearly two decades, while picking up the road victory at PFL newcomer Campbell. The 56 points were the most by Butler since 2000, when the Bulldogs dropped a 57-56 decision in overtime at Georgetown (D.C.). Butler defeated St. Ambrose 56-28 in 1989. The last time Butler scored more points was in 1987, when the Bulldogs defeated Anderson, 64-0. Butler's 535 yards in total offense at Campbell were the most since 2002, when the Bulldogs rolled up 562 yards in a victory over Drake. And the last time the Bulldogs had more than the 269 rushing yards they compiled at Campbell was in 2002, when Butler rolled up 304 in a victory over Valparaiso.
Butler ranks second in the PFL in scoring offense (33.2 ppg).
GRAND EFFORT: Sophomore Matt Kobli became the 20th Butler quarterback to throw for over 1,000 yards in a season in Butler's victory at Campbell. Kobli hit on 23 of 29 passes in the win for 266 yards and three touchdowns. He found wide receiver Dan Bohrer with a five-yard scoring pass just over six minutes into the game to give the Bulldogs the lead for good. He added a 10-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Eddie McHale later in the first quarter and a 22-yard scoring pass to running back Ryan Hitchcock in the second period. The 266 yards were the second-highest single game total of Kobli's young career and lifted his season total to 1,128 yards.
RUSH HOUR: Redshirt freshman Ryan Hitchcock turned his third collegiate start into a career afternoon and sparked the Bulldogs to their highest rushing total in six years. Hitchcock recorded his first career 100-yard rushing performance (and just the second for the Bulldogs this season) with 109 yards on just 11 carries. He scored on a four-yard run in the first quarter and on a 20-yard run in the third period. He also caught a 22-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. Hitchcock's previous top rushing performance was 50 yards on 12 carries in Butler's victory at Missouri S & T.
Ryan Hitchcock is one of nine players in the PFL to record a 100-yard rushing performance this season.
CAREER DAY: Redshirt freshman Jeff Poss led a strong defensive effort by the Bulldogs at Campbell with a career-high seven tackles. He had a team-high five solo tackles in the game, including three tackles for loss. The Bulldogs limited Campbell to 176 total offense yards and held the Camels to just 92 yards on the ground. It was the second game this year that Butler held its opponent below 10 points.
FOOT WORK: Senior placekicker Jordan Quiroz tied Butler's single game record for extra points by hitting eight of eight PAT kick attempts at Campbell. The eight points tied the record originally set by Bob Ligda against St. Joseph's in 1974 and matched by Tim Witmer against St. Ambrose in 1989. Quiroz moved into 11th place on Butler's all-time scoring list with 149 career points. He's seven points shy of Kevin Kimble (1989-92) in 10th place.
PLAYING CATCH: Junior wide receiver Dan Bohrer posted his second career 100-yard receiving game with 101 yards on nine catches at Campbell. It was the fourth time in five games that Bohrer has led the Bulldogs in receiving. He boosted his season receiving total to 397 yards and his career total to 1,196 yards Earlier this season, Bohrer had a career-high 159 on 10 catches against Franklin.
Senior linebacker Mike Bennett sat out the Campbell game with an injury, ending his streak of 37 consecutive games played for the Bulldogs. Bennett has 199 career tackles.
Sophomore running back Scott Gray, who led the PFL in scoring last year, made the trip to Campbell but was unable to play because of injury. Gray, who was Butler's leading rusher last year, has missed the Bulldogs' first five games this season.
Sophomore quarterback Matt Kobli has taken over the PFL lead in total offense (278.0 ypg). Kobli rolled up 325 yards in total offense in just three quarters at Campbell.
Matt Kobli ranks second in the PFL in passing average (225.6 ypg) and pass efficiency (151.2). He also ranks seventh in the league in rushing (52.4 ypg).
Matt Kobli is the only player in the PFL to own a 100-yard rushing game and a 300-yard passing game this season.
Junior Dan Bohrer stands second in the PFL in receiving yards (79.4 ypg) and receptions (6.2 pg).
Redshirt-freshman Grant Hunter had two quarterback sacks at Campbell, and he's moved into a tie with Sean Heenan of Dayton for first place in the PFL in sacks (1.00 pg). The Butler defensive end has a league-high five quarterback sacks on the year.
Sophomore defensive back Tadd Dombart ranks second in the PFL in punt return average (17.7), and he's tied for fifth in the league in pass interceptions (0.40). Dombart had his second pass theft of the season at Campbell, and he returned two punts for 17 yards against the Fighting Camels.
Junior linebacker Derek Guggenberger is tied for seventh in the PFL in tackles (7.6 pg). He had five tackles at Campbell.
Freshman quarterback Andrew Huck scored a touchdown at Campbell on his first collegiate carry! Huck broke loose on a 39-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter to give Butler a 49-7 advantage. He had three carries for 45 yards in the win.
Redshirt freshman Dionte Wiggins had a career-best 56 yards rushing on 10 carries against Campbell. He scored his first collegiate touchdown on a 14-yard run in the third quarter and added a second TD on an 18-yard run in the final period.