INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Wade Markley threw for 253 yards and rushed for the final touchdown of the game to finalize a 24-14 win for Butler against Drake Saturday.
Markley, making his first start of the season, scored on a 4-yard rush to stretch a close 17-14 lead into a two-score game.
Andy Rice threw a touchdown pass midway through the second quarter to tie up the score at 7 for Drake (3-4, 2-2 Pioneer League). Butler responded with a touchdown of its own right before the half and a field goal in the third quarter brought the score to 17-7.
One minute into the fourth quarter, a fumble by Markley was picked up by Brandon Coleman and returned 17 yards for a touchdown and Drake's final score of the game.
Markley's touchdown pass in the first quarter grabbed an early 7-0 lead for Butler (6-2, 4-0).