Drake 24, Butler 14

Patrick Cashmore ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns and Drake

defeated Butler 24-14 on Saturday in the teams’ Pioneer League

opener.

Michael Piatkowski threw for 276 yards and a TD for Drake (3-1).

The scoring pass to Kevin Marshall, along with Piatkowski’s 2-point

conversion run, gave Drake the lead for good at 14-7 midway through

the second quarter. Cashmore’s 14-yard touchdown run with 1:55 left

in the half gave the visitors a 21-7 lead. Billy Jansen kicked a

31-yard field goal late in the third quarter to make it 24-7

Drake.

Butler (2-2) led 7-6 after receiver Jeff Larsen threw a 24-yard

touchdown pass to fellow receiver Zach Watkins in the first minute

of the second quarter. But the home team didn’t score again until

Andrew Huck found Jordan Koopman for a 28-yard score with 1:25 to

play. Koopman finished with 11 catches for 130 yards.