Butler rolls to 72-12 win over Valparaiso

The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Matt Lancaster and Brendan Shannon connected for three touchdown passes as Butler had a record-setting performance and beat 72-12 win over Valparaiso on Saturday.

Butler (8-3, 6-1 Pioneer Football League) broke a school-record for total offense with 717 yards, surpassing its previous best of 673 in a 1989 game against St. Ambrose. Butler's 72 points were its most since scoring 68 against Indianapolis in 1948.

Lancaster and Shannon hooked up for first-half touchdown passes of 35, 57 and 51 yards as Butler mounted a 45-12 lead heading into the break. Lancaster finished with 317 yards passing and four touchdowns and Shannon had 142 yards on five receptions.

Butler entered the game in a three-way tie for first place in the league and will conclude its conference slate next Saturday at Morehead State. Valparaiso (1-9, 1-6) lost its sixth straight game.

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