#RedDevilsAlum @ButlerUFootball Moves to 2-0 with 31-17 Win at Taylor

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Game recap, Kit Stetzel

UPLAND – Butler scored 31 points over the second and third quarters of Saturday night's game at Taylor to improve to 2-0 on the young season. Running back Brad Sznajder led the attack on the ground with 163 yards and a touchdown off 26 carries.

Butler rushed for 250 yards on a wet night. Sznajder, Anthony Scaccia and Will Marty each crossed the goal line for BU to give the 'Dawgs a lead. The TD through the air was a 12-yard strike from Marty to Brad Huth.

Scoring opened up on the first play of the second quarter with Butler's Drew Bevelhimer connecting on a 32-yard field goal. The 3-0 lead would not last long as Taylor knotted up the score midway through the second. A muffed punt would give the Trojans excellent field position, but the Bulldog D would hold strong and deny a Taylor touchdown. Taylor started the drive on the eight-yard line, but would lose two yards after an outside run, an incomplete pass and a draw that was stuffed in the backfield. They settled for the 27-yard field goal and the game would move forward 3-3.

The Bulldogs established a run game and mixed in some nice play calls to the tight ends on the roster to move the ball back up the field. They would grab a 10-3 lead after a 16-yard scamper to the back of the end zone by Sznajder with 3:58 left before the half.

The defense got a quick stop and would give the ball back to Marty and the Bulldogs who looked great in the hurry-up offense. The 'Dawgs were able to take a 17-3 lead into the half thanks to a Will Marty pass that ended up in the hands of Brad Huth from 12-yards out.

The 17-3 lead would quickly evaporate in the second half after a blocked punt from Taylor. Mark Baker was credited with the block and Holden Hodge would execute the scoop and score to make the game 17-10.

Taylor would never get any closer however as the BU ground attack would feature Scaccia scoring from four yards out in the third and Marty taking a sneak to the right outside edge for a TD. Taylor added one rushing touchdown in the fourth, but the final score would read Butler 31, Taylor 17.

Butler posted 24 first downs at Taylor with 14 of those coming on the ground. Despite rain falling for most of the night, Marty still hit 21 of his 31 targets for 181 yards and a touchdown. Sam Yeaton led the team with 60 receiving yards and Pace Temple was second with 30. Marty threw to eight different targets.

The BU defense also played well on Saturday night, limiting the Trojans to just two third down conversions. Luke Sennett led the 'Dawgs with six tackles. Teammates Mason Brunner and Dan DelGrosso lived in the backfield with three tackles for loss each.

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