Butler maintains an early lead against Drake 24-14

Wade Markley threw for 253 yards and rushed for the final

touchdown of the game to finalize a 24-14 win for Butler against

Drake Saturday.

Markley, making his first start of the season, scored on a

4-yard rush to stretch a close 17-14 lead into a two-score

game.

Andy Rice threw a touchdown pass midway through the second

quarter to tie up the score at 7 for Drake (3-4, 2-2 Pioneer

League). Butler responded with a touchdown of its own right before

the half and a field goal in the third quarter brought the score to

17-7.

One minute into the fourth quarter, a fumble by Markley was

picked up by Brandon Coleman and returned 17 yards for a touchdown

and Drake’s final score of the game.

Markley’s touchdown pass in the first quarter grabbed an early

7-0 lead for Butler (6-2, 4-0).