Missed offensive opportunities, defensive breakdowns and a fourth-quarter interception enabled Butler University to slip by Franklin College 31-28 on Saturday at Franklin’s Stewart “Red” Faught Stadium.
It was the first night game played at the stadium.
The loss marked the second straight week the No. 13 Division III Grizzlies had fallen in a 3-point squeaker. They lost their season-opener 30-27 at NCAA Division III top-ranked Mount Union (Ohio).
Butler is a Division I Football Championship Subdivision program.
“It was one of those would of, could of, should of games,” 11th-year Franklin coach Mike Leonard said. “I like to think of us as an opportunistic team, but give credit to Butler; they got the job done.