Official Athletic Site of the Valparaiso University Crusaders
Butler Captures Hoosier Helmet against Crusaders
Sterling Summerville races to the end zone for Valpo's first touchdown. (Stacey LaCalamita)
Sterling Summerville races to the end zone for Valpo's first touchdown. (Stacey LaCalamita)
Valparaiso (0-6)
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Butler (4-5)
10/15/2011 | Indianapolis, Ind. | Attendance: 1716
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Valparaiso070714
Butler77141442
Scoring
1st Quarter
BUTD01:46KOOPMAN 29 Yd Pass From HUCK (LANG kick)
2nd Quarter
VALPOTD11:05SUMMERVILLE 7 Yd Run (WEINEL kick)
BUTD08:41WATKINS 13 Yd Pass From HUCK (LANG kick)
3rd Quarter
BUTD10:04WATKINS 4 Yd Pass From HUCK (LANG kick)
BUTD02:46WATKINS 22 Yd Pass From HUCK (LANG kick)
4th Quarter
BUTD14:37GRADY (LANG kick)
VALPOTD10:44GERTON 7 Yd Pass From HOFFMAN (WEINEL kick)
BUTD10:04JENSON 22 Yd Pass From JUDGE (LANG kick)
Stats at a GlanceVALPOBU
1st Downs2819
3rd Down Conversions8-205-9
4th Down Conversions7-90-1
Passing (Comp-Att)328 (35-49)255 (16-29)
Rushing (Att)135 (51)145 (22)
Total Yards463400
Penalties2-204-20
Turnovers30
Fumbles Lost00
Interceptions30
Possession38:3221:28
Mike Gerton scored his first career touchdown against the Bulldogs. (Stacey LaCalamita)
Mike Gerton scored his first career touchdown against the Bulldogs. (Stacey LaCalamita)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Valparaiso kept the game close throughout the first half, but Butler took advantage of three second half turnovers and turned them into points as the Bulldogs defeated the Crusaders 42-14 to retain the Hoosier Helmet on Saturday afternoon at the Butler Bowl in Indianapolis, Ind.

The Crusaders outgained the Bulldogs 463-400 on the afternoon, but scored just twice in five trips into the red zone and the three turnovers turned into 21 Butler points.

“Our kids fought hard today which is something I didn’t think we did last week,” head coach Dale Carlson said.  “We just have got to learn how to convert when we get opportunities.”

Valpo moved the football on its first two drives, taking the ball into the Bulldog red zone on both occasions.  Butler came up big on a pair of fourth downs into the wind though, keeping the Crusaders off of the scoreboard.

“When we marched down field on those first two drives and came away with nothing it was really tough,” Carlson added.

Andrew Huck put Butler on the scoreboard first with 1:46 remaining in the opening quarter, connecting with Jordan Koopman from 29 yards out for a touchdown.

The Crusaders immediately responded with a 16-play, 75-yard drive, converting a pair of fourth downs.  Eric Hoffman (Manitowoc, Wis./Lincoln H.S.) pitched to Sterling Summerville (Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor H.S.) on the option, and Summerville found the end zone from seven yards out to tie the game at seven.

Butler responded to Valpo’s score, as Huck hooked up with Zach Watkins in the deep left corner of the end zone to put the Bulldogs up 14-7 at the break.

Valpo outgained Butler 233-193 in the first half and picked up 14 first downs, but the two empty trips to the red zone were the difference as the Crusaders trailed at the break.  The Crusaders also controlled the clock in the opening 30 minutes, keeping the ball for nearly 21 minutes.

The Bulldogs came out of the locker room and marched down field, converting a couple of third downs before Huck found Watkins on a slant from four yards out, making it 21-7 just five minutes into the third quarter.

Huck and Watkins connected for the third time on the afternoon with 2:46 to play in the third, this time from 22 yards out after taking advantage of a Crusader turnover. 

The Crusaders were driving early in the fourth quarter when Sean Grady intercepted a pass deep in Bulldog territory and returned it 90 yards for a touchdown, pushing Butler’s advantage to 28 points.

Two more fourth down conversions led to Valpo’s second touchdown of the game.  Hoffman found Mike Gerton (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein H.S.) over the middle for a seven yard scoring strike with 10:44 to play in the game for his collegiate touchdown.

Butler (4-3, 2-2 PFL) answered two plays later as Tom Judge threw to tight end Matt Jensen for a 22-yard scoring reception.

Summerville finished the game with 26 carries for 89 yards and the score to lead the Crusader offense while also making eight receptions for 77 yards.

“Sterling had to step in for Gabe Ali-El and he really gave us a great effort today,” Carlson added.  “He got some key first downs and made some big pass receptions.”

Hoffman completed 33-of-47 passes for 313 yards and a touchdown but also threw three interceptions.

“He was much better on read progressions and throwing the ball for the most part,” Carlson said of Hoffman.

Sean McCarty (Waukesha, Wis./West H.S.) also had eight catches for 104 yards for the Crusaders.

Huck completed 14-of-26 passes for 189 yards and four scores for the Bulldogs while added 64 yards on the ground.  Watkins had seven catches, including the three scores, for 98 total yards.

Valparaiso (0-6, 0-3) will remain on the road next Saturday afternoon when the Crusaders travel to Des Moines, Iowa to battle Drake.  Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

Game Notes: Butler leads the all-time series 46-24 and has won four straight contests … McCarty now has 1,060 yards receiving in his career at Valpo … Valpo was 7-of-9 on fourth down conversions … the Crusaders held the football for 38:32 … the 400 yards the Crusaders allowed were the fewest this season by a Valpo opponent … Grant Bushong (Ionia, Mich./Ionia H.S.) and Alan Porter, Jr. (Downers Grove, Ill./South H.S.) led Valpo with seven tackles.

Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo