INDIANAPOLIS - A sun splashed Saturday afternoon had all the earmarks of a defensive struggle.
Just ten points in the first half pointed in that direction and a few stalled drives by each team early in the second figured to produce a close game till the end.
But in the end Butler had a "Heeter" on their home field to warm up their offense to victory.
Junior running back Trae Heeter had a pair of long touchdown runs in the final 30 minutes to push the Bulldogs to a 21-11 victory over Dayton at the Butler Bowl Saturday afternoon.
Jeff Voris' team improves to 3-2 on the season but more importantly keeps them undefeated in the Pioneer League as September turns to October.
Heeter, who played high school football at Lawrence North, played a major part in that by rushing for 159 yards on 23 carries and two scores.
Leading 7-3 at the half Butler got a spark from the Heeter in the third when the running back bounced off defenders and then turned to his right. He found open space in the Flyers defense and sprinted to paydirt from 41-yards out to make it 14-3.
Dayton would respond in the fourth quarter when Rob Washington rushed in from 13-yards out. A two-point conversion was successful to get the Flyers within three points.
Butler would get the ball back with just over three minutes to go and faced a Third-and-Eight at their own 22 yard line. That's when Heeter put the game away by staying on his feet after being hit low at the line of scrimmage early in the play.
He got back on his feet and had a gaping hole in front of him, sprinting down the field for the 78-yard touchdown to put the game away.