INDIANAPOLIS -- The Butler defense blitzed on fourth-and-long inside the final two minutes and Devin Aguilar picked off a pass to preserve Butler's 24-21 win in a Pioneer League opener with Morehead State on Saturday.
Lawson Page had driven Morehead State (1-3, 0-1) just across midfield but Butler came with a blitz on both third and fourth downs, forcing one incompletion and then the game-saving interception.
Stephen Dennis capped an 11-play game-opening drive, hauling in a touchdown pass from Will Marty as Butler (3-1, 1-0) took a quick 7-0 lead. Morehead State (1-3, 0-1) rallied with a pair of TDs before Brad Sznajder tied it at 14 by halftime with a 9-yard run.
Page pulled the Eagles to within three points with a 20-yarder to Malik Richards with eight minutes remaining. Page finished with 206 yards passing and rushed for 109 -- his second 100-yard rushing game.
Marty was 10-for-23 for 134 yards and Sznajder rushed for 105 for the Bulldogs.
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