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PFL Recap: Oct. 28

Saturday, October 28, 2023
by Cody Bush, PFL Media Relations

PFL Scoreboard: Oct. 28

Butler 17, Valparaiso 7 
Drake 33, Stetson 7
St. Thomas 49, Marist 14
San Diego 17, Morehead State 11
Davidson 45, Presbyterian 28

PFL Recaps

Butler 17, Valparaiso 7

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.. – Bret Bushka’s three-yard touchdown at the end of the third quarter put Butler ahead for good in a 17-7 PFL victory against Valparaiso, Saturday at Sellick Stadium. After a scoreless first half, the Bulldogs and Beacons traded long touchdown runs in the third quarter. Jyran Mitchell broke off a 70-yard touchdown run with 10:16 left in the frame. On the ensuing possession, Solomon Davis returned the favor with a 70-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage, tying the game. Following that score, Bushka led the Bulldogs on an 18-play, 75-yard drive that consumed the rest of the third quarter, capped by his three-yard scoring run. Luka Zurak tacked on a 32-yard field goal late in the fourth to cap the scoring. Mitchell finished the day with 155 yards on 25 carries, leading a Butler run game that amassed 242 yards. Rowan Keefe completed 11-of-19 passes for 172 yards to pace Valparaiso’s offense.

Drake 33, Stetson 7

DES MOINES, Iowa. – Dorian Boyland ran for three touchdowns as Drake closed with 30 unanswered points to defeat Stetson, 33-7, in Saturday PFL action at Drake Stadium. Stetson grabbed a 7-3 lead with 10:04 left in the second quarter on Kaleb Costner’s one-yard run that capped a 10-play, 86-yard drive. Boyland took over at the end of the first half, scoring the first of his touchdowns with 1:41 left to give Drake a 13-7 halftime lead. He scored the third quarter’s only points with a seven-yard touchdown run at the 7:51 mark. Boyland added a third touchdown with 9:04 left in the game, giving Drake a 26-7 advantage. Boyland ran for 170 yards on 29 carries, and Christian Galvan added 115 yards on 25 carries to pace a 293-yard rushing day for the Bulldogs. Stetson was held to 282 total offensive yards, Matt O’Connor’s 199 passing yards.

St. Thomas 49, Marist 14

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Hope Adebayo and Gabriel Abel each ran for two touchdowns, and St. Thomas used a 21-point first quarter to defeat Marist 49-14 in PFL action Saturday at O’Shaughnessy Stadium. St. Thomas broke out to its 21-0 lead courtesy of three touchdown drives that combined needed seven plays and 2:34 off the clock. Amari Powell opened the scoring with a 41-yard touchdown pass to Colin Chase, Adebayo then added his two touchdown runs – from one and 43 yards. After Gabriel Abel’s first touchdown run, Marist broke through on Brock Bagozzi’s 11-yard run with 1:24 remaining. St. Thomas answered back and ended the half with its fifth touchdown drive to secure the win. Shawn Shipman ran for 129 yards on 11 carries and touchdown a touchdown to lead the St. Thomas attack. Bagozzi completed 29-of-48 passes for 290 yards for Marist.

San Diego 17, Morehead State 11

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Isaiah Williams ran for 134 yards and a touchdown to lead San Diego past Morehead State 17-11 in PFL action Saturday at Torero Stadium. Williams opened the day’s scoring with a two-yard touchdown run with 1:07 left in the first quarter. Morehead State would score the second quarter’s only points on Nathan Hazlett’s 24-yard field goal to trail 7-3 at halftime. The Toreros scored the eventual game-winning touchdown with 6:35 left in the third quarter when Dom Nankil capped another 80-yard drive with a six-yard touchdown run. Morehead State would threaten in the fourth quarter on Carter Cravens’ two-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion. But San Diego sealed the win with Adam Lehman’s 19-yard field goal with 3:37 left. Nankil completed 11-of-19 passes for 199 yards in addition to his touchdown run. Cravens led Morehead State with his 22-of-47, 208-yard passing performance.

Davidson 45, Presbyterian 28

DAVIDSON, N.C. – Coulter Cleland passed for three touchdowns and Mari Adams ran for two as Davidson downed Presbyterian, 45-20, in PFL action Saturday at Richardson Stadium. Davidson never trailed in the contest and took the lead for good on Adams’ second touchdown of the game with 5:20 left in the first quarter. Presbyterian would stay within a possession until midway through the second quarter when Davidson used Adam Zouagui’s 50-yard field goal and Cleland’s 12-yard touchdown pass to build a 31-13 halftime lead. Cleland and Tyler Wesley traded touchdown throws in both the third and fourth quarters, but Presbyterian could not get any closer than the final score. While Cleland and Adams paced the Wildcats on the scoreboard, Mason Sheron ran for 139 yards on 23 carries to pace the offense. Wesley threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, leading Presbyterian with 189 passing yards and 198 rushing yards.

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