Morehead State Loses 58-27 To Butler

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Updated: 11/16/2013 8:16 pm
MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Butler collected 333 rushing yards and 306 passing yards on its way to a 58-27 Pioneer Football League victory over Morehead State on Saturday afternoon at Jayne Stadium.

The Bulldogs, who guarantee themselves a share of the PFL championship, finish the season 9-3 overall and 7-1 in league play. BU closes the campaign with seven wins in its last eight games.

The Eagles, who have dropped four straight affairs, fall to 3-8 on the season and 3-5 in conference action  MSU wraps up its schedule next Saturday with a Senior Day contest against Charlotte.

Butler, which entered its season finale with an average of 463 total yards, posted 639 on Saturday.  The effort was its second best of the year, only behind 717 last week against PFL foe Valparaiso.

"I'm disappointed because we didn't show up in the first half today," Head Coach Rob Tenyer said  "I challenged our young men at halftime, and we came out a little more inspired in the second half.  What our players need to learn is you can't play two quarters of inspired football and beat a good team like Butler.  They're at the top of the Pioneer Football League standings for a reason."

Senior quarterback Matt Lancaster paced the Bulldogs by completing 17-of-29 attempts for 306 yards and rushed 20 times for 118 yards.  He had a hand in four of BU's eight touchdowns.  His scoring tosses came from 28 and 17 yards out, while he also tallied TD runs of five and 19 yards.

Senior Trae Heeter, who continues to lead the PFL in rushing, added 319 total yards and five touchdowns for Butler.  He managed 180 on the ground and 139 via pass receiving.  His touchdown runs were from two, three, four and 21 yards out, while his TD reception was from 28 yards away.

"Give a lot of credit to Butler for the way they played," Tenyer said.  "I appreciate what their coaching staff has done in recent years because they go about everything the right way.  They have recruited good people who are also quality football players.  I'm glad Matt (Lancaster) and Trae (Heeter) are seniors and will be moving on.  Both of those guys have been big-time players in this league."

The Bulldogs scored touchdowns in four of their first five possessions and took a 34-6 lead to the locker room at halftime.  Butler picked up nearly 39 minutes of possession time and converted 8-of-15 attempts on third down.  Morehead State, meanwhile, was limited to 1-of-9 on third down.

Morehead State junior Rees Macshara notched a team-best 100 yards on 13 carries, his first triple-figure effort since Nov. 17, 2012, and career-best three touchdowns.  Freshman quarterback Austin Gahafer added a 22-of-34 performance for 272 passing yards and one touchdown.

Junior defensive back Michael Jackson and senior defensive back John Coleman registered 10 tackles apiece for the Eagles, while senior defensive back Steven Lester recorded the game's only interception.  MSU collected eight tackles for loss by seven different players.

No Butler player tallied more than five tackles.

"We will learn from this game," Tenyer said.  "I'm not interested in beating our kids down from a verbal standpoint.  I'm interested in motivating them in positive ways.  This is about life lessons, as well.  It's a lot more than football at this point.  This is a character-building season with a lot of young players, and we're going to be a better football program in the long run because of it."

Morehead State's senior class will be recognized prior to its season finale against Charlotte, which begins at 1 p.m. ET.

"Charlotte is building a program that will be competing in Conference USA by 2015, so we will have our hands full," Tenyer added. "It's so important to finish the season on a positive note, but we will have to play well to get that win.  Everyone in this program will work extremely hard for another week.  After that, it's off to recruiting and preparing ourselves to compete at a high level in 2014."
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