VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) -- Jeff Horton ran for 211 yards including
two long touchdowns in the second half to lead Valparaiso to a
31-26 win over Butler on Saturday.
Horton scored a TD on a 63-yard run with about two minutes left
in the third. Then, on the next Butler drive, Brad Smeja
intercepted an Ian Nelson pass and returned it to the Butler
On the next play, Horton ran for his second score to put
Valparaiso (4-6, 1-3 Pioneer League) ahead 31-20.
Butler (1-9, 0-4) then mounted a 13-play, 78-yard drive to bring
the score to 31-26 with 8:40 left in the game. But that ended the
Nelson completed 17-of-28 passes for 182 yards and three
touchdowns, but was intercepted twice. One of his main targets was
Phil Vorndran, who had four catches for 45 yards and two
touchdowns. His third was to Billy Nardini for 11 yards to start
the game's scoring.
Nelson also ran for a 2-yard touchdown early in the third
Valparaiso's Ryan Doerffler was 7-of-18 passing for 141 yards.
But he made the passes count with touchdowns of 9 yards to Joe
Blahowicz and 39 yards to Kevin Knutson, both in the second
quarter, to put Valparaiso ahead 17-7 at halftime.