Football Goes On The Road To Butler

first_img Drake Game Notes DES MOINES, Iowa — The Drake University football team travels to Indianapolis, Ind. on Saturday to take on PFL foe Butler.Saturday’s contest is the 27th meeting between Drake and Butler. Drake holds a 17-8-1 all-time series record, but have struggled at the Butler Bowl of late as the Bulldogs have dropped four of the last five meetings in Indianapolis.Drake enters Saturday’s game with a 2-2 record and opened its Pioneer Football League schedule with a 38-13 victory over Valparaiso last week. Butler began PFL action with a 38-17 setback at San Diego.Since taking over the starting job in the third week last year, quarterback Grant Kraemer has gotten more and more comfortable with the offense. In his last eight games, Kraemer is averaging 250 yards passing, completing 62 percent of his throws and has recorded 22 touchdowns. Compared to his first five starts, Kraemer only completed 52 percent of his throws with eight touchdowns and 201 yards passing per game. Heading into the season head coach Rick Fox knew the potential of his young receiving group had and they have shown what they are capable of. Sophomore Mitch McFarlane is leading the group with 17 receptions for 303 yards and three touchdowns. Juniors Devin Cates and Steven Doran have totalled 189 and 196 yards, respectively, and have each scored twice. Fifth-year senior Mack Marrin battled through injury most of last season and is looking like he is getting back to his 2015 form when he posted a league-best 8.5 sacks among 12.5 tackles for a loss and earned first-team all-PFL honors. Marrin leads the Bulldogs with 2.5 sacks and has tallied 10 tackles. Butler’s biggest offensive threat is 2017 Preseason All-PFL selection wide receiver Pace Temple. Temple accounts for 43 percent of Butler’s receiving yards with 369 yards, ranking him 14th in the country in receiving yards. Senior safety Isaak Newhouse leads Butler’s defense with 39 total tackles. His 39 total tackles ranks in 33rd in nation, but more impressively his 28 solo tackles ranks him fourth nationally.Following Drake’s trip to Butler, the Bulldogs welcome Dayton to Drake Stadium on Oct. 7 at 1 p.m.Print Friendly Version Video Audio center_img Story Links Live Stats last_img read more