Football Routs Butler, 36-6

first_img Photo Gallery Listen Live Watch Live Box Score (PDF) The defense set the tone for the game forcing an early punt following a huge sack from Erin Morgan (Aurora, Ill.). Following a Drake punt, Nathan Clayberg (Pella, Iowa) sealed the three-and-out with another sack on third down, but Drake’s offense could not convert on those early opportunities.”It begins on the line and our defensive line is playing well with a lot of depth,” Fox said. “That gives the guys behind them the chance to make plays and that’s what’s happening right now.” It was not until Drake’s Butler intercepted a pass and gave the offense the ball at Butler’s 46-yard line that Drake was able to find the endzone first with 2:44 left in the opening quarter on a 42-yard pass from Kraemer to DeLeon.Drake kept its momentum rolling into the second quarter with an interception from Will Warner, who returned the ball to the ball to the 1-yard line. Hartwing was able to punch it in for a 1-yard touchdown to put the Bulldogs up 14-0.Butler found its way into the red zone for the first time with just less than two minutes to go in the first half but the Drake defense was able to make a fourth-down stop to preserve the first-half shutout.With 6:47 left in the third, Hartwig took in his second touchdown of the day giving Drake a 21-0 lead. Following the kickoff, Butler was forced to punt on fourth down, but it was blocked by Will Kulick and recovered by Drake on Butler’s 26-yard line. The block was Kulick’s second in as many games. That special teams’ play set up a Kraemer-to-Doran connection to make the score 27-0 following a blocked PAT.The fourth quarter began with another connection between Kraemer and Doran to make the score 34-0. Both teams exchanged drives throughout the quarter as Drake got its reserves valuable playing time before the Butler offense found a brief weakness in the Drake defense with quarterback Will Marty finding Stephen Dennis in the endzone for a 21-yard touchdown.Drake blocked the extra point and Zac Rujawitz (Edwardsville, Ill.) ran it back 98 yards for two points for the final score of 36-6.Drake is back home again next weekend in PFL action against Stetson University in Drake Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. Print Friendly Version Box Score (HTML) Stetson 10/13/2018 – 1 p.m.center_img Story Links DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University football team’s defense had another dominant performance to lead Drake to a 36-6 win over Butler at Drake Stadium Saturday, Oct. 6, to remain on top of the Pioneer Football League standings at 2-0 in league play.Drake (3-1, 2-0 PFL) allowed only 253 total yards of offense and just 176 through the first three quarters. Butler (3-2, 1-1 PFL) gained only 119 yards on the ground and 134 yards in the air while running 33 more plays than Drake.Kieran Severa (Lawrence, Kan.) led the way for the Drake with 10 tackles, six solo and four unassisted. Nathan Clayberg (Pella, Iowa) also contributed with five total tackles and a solo sack. Jabari Butler (Chicago, Ill.) and Will Warner (Pella, Iowa) each contributed an interception as well.”Our defense is playing so well it gives our offense time to adjust,” said Drake head coach Rick Fox. “Our defense came out, played well and our offense and special teams were able to make the adjustments they needed to get the W today.”The turnovers generated by the defense provided the offense with momentum and great field position. Quarterback Grant Kraemer (Northridge, Calif.) completed 17-of-18 passes for 245 yards with three passing touchdowns. Two touchdown passes went to Steven Doran (Germantown, Wis.) and the other went to Zach DeLeon (Leawood, Kan.). Doran has hauled in five touchdown passes in his last two games.”It always starts up front, giving Grant the time to do the things he does,” Fox said. “Our receivers are just big physical guys and that gives them the chance to catch 50-50 balls and make plays.”Braeden Hartwig (Lincoln, Neb.) also contributed two rushing touchdowns for Drake. Full Schedule Roster Next Game: Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats ESPN 1350 KRNTlast_img

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