INDIANAPOLIS -- 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.