Butler junior running back Trae Heeter had a career-high 204 rushing yards to lead the Bulldogs to a 35-14 victory against Campbell in their Pioneer League opener.
Butler (2-2, 1-0) avenged last season’s 38-23 loss against the Camels (1-3, 0-1).
“Campbell got to us last year, and they beat us pretty bad,” Heeter said. “So we just talked about going out there and getting revenge on them and making it a redemption game.”
Heeter said his effort wasn’t done by him alone.
“The O-line did a great job opening holes all day, the receivers blocked well on the outside and there were running lanes everywhere,” he said.
Redshirt junior quarterback Matt Lancaster went 15 for 21 through the air for 168 yards and a touchdown. He added 61 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Butler coach Jeff Voris said the team played well for all 60 minutes and played more complementary football than it did in last week’s loss at Dartmouth.
“The offense and defense had to work better off of each other,” Voris said. “It was a great win against a really good football team.
Senior linebacker Jordan Ridley finished the game with nine tackles.
“We were definitely inspired the whole game just to come out and prove that we’re going to be a tough team to beat in this league,” Ridley said.
Butler stays home this weekend to take on PFL opponent Dayton, which the Bulldogs beat on the road last season with the help of a last-minute field goal.
“This week is as important as any because it’s the next one on the schedule,” Voris said. “And it just so happens to be Dayton, and you know they’ll be ready to play us.”
Annual meetings with Dayton have turned into a competitive rivalry since Voris began coaching Butler six years ago.
The Flyers (1-3, 0-1) lost their PFL opener against Jacksonville 21-17 last Saturday.