Scores

Final

Butler 15

(0-1, 0-1 away)

W Illinois 23

(1-0, 1-0 home)

7:00 PM ET, August 30, 2012

Hanson Field, Macomb, IL

1 2 3 4 T
BUT 0 0 7 815
WIU 3 13 7 023

Top Performers

Passing: M. Lancaster (BUT) - 209 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: C. Ray (WIU) - 28 CAR, 106 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: T. Judge (BUT) - 3 REC, 74 YDS

W. Illinois 23, Butler 15

Associated Press

MACOMB, Ill. -- Caulton Ray ran for two touchdowns and Western Illinois held on to beat Butler 23-15 Thursday night in the season opener for both schools.

Ray finished with 106 yards on the ground and Nikko Watson ran for 109 yards for the Leathernecks. Pat Smith kicked three field goals for Western Illinois.

Western Illinois built a 16-0 lead at halftime and led 23-0 in the third quarter. The Bulldogs rallied behind Matt Lancaster, who threw a touchdown pass and ran for another, and they drove deep into Leathernecks territory in the final minute. After getting possession at its 1-yard line, Butler drove to the Western Illinois 4 before time ran out.

The Leathernecks ran 56 times and controlled the ball for 37 minutes. It was the first meeting between the teams.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BUT
WIU
1st Downs1722
Total Yards316349
Passing209109
Rushing107240
Penalties3-177-43
3rd Down Conversions8-187-17
4th Down Conversions1-23-3
Turnovers11
Possession22:4037:20

Passing Leaders

ButlerC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lancaster16/352096.011
Western IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hudson13/221095.001

Rushing Leaders

ButlerCARYDSAVGTDLG
Heeter12494.1014
Lancaster9465.1116
Western IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Watson251094.4015
Ray281063.8212

Receiving Leaders

ButlerRECYDSAVGTDLG
Judge37424.7038
O'Connor23216.0025
Western IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Morgan5499.8016
Chestnut5428.4011

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBUTWIU
FG06:26Pat Smith 29 Yd 03
SECOND QUARTERBUTWIU
FG11:04Pat Smith 19 Yd 06
TD08:37Caulton Ray 5 Yd Run (Pat Smith Kick) 013
FG04:00Pat Smith 29 Yd 016
THIRD QUARTERBUTWIU
TD07:06Caulton Ray 2 Yd Run (Pat Smith Kick) 023
TD03:00Trae Heeter 10 Yd Pass From Matt Lancaster (Jonathan Treloar Kick) 723
FOURTH QUARTERBUTWIU
TD07:11Matt Lancaster 2 Yd Run (Tom Judge Pass To Matt Jenson For Two-Point Conversion) 1523