The Drake University football team continues Pioneer Football League play this weekend when it travels to Buies Creek, N.C., to face Campbell at 5 p.m. CDT inside Barker-Lane Stadium.
The Bulldogs got off to a 1-0 start in the PFL with a 28-25 win over Morehead State last Saturday to even their record at 2-2 on the year as quarterback Mike Piatkowski (Wheaton, Ill.) threw for three touchdowns en route to becoming the program's all-time leader in passing yardage. Campbell returns home after falling at Butler in its PFL opener, but the Camels feature the PFL's second best ground attack at 169.8 rushing yards per game.
"Campbell has really dominated the PFL in rushing offense and they're at the top again," Drake head coach Chris Creighton said. " They do it very well and have a quarterback who runs the option very well. The last two weeks, people have rushed the ball on us and they're really good at what our weakness would seem to be in the last two weeks. It's going to be a tall order for us again this week."
The Camels' offense is led by quarterback Dakota Wolf who has rushed for 100 or more yards in back-to-back games with 111 yards in last Saturday's loss. While Drake's defense will be charged with stopping the Campbell offense, Drake's own running backs hope to keep things in gear after a strong performance against Morehead State. In that win, sophomore Gary Scott, Jr. (Forsyth, Ill.) ran for 119 yards and touchdown on a workman-like 28 carries.
"It's important because it takes the pressure off of Pike [Mike Piatkowski]," Scott said of continuing to run the ball. "We don't have to throw the ball 50 times a game and it feels good to see our hard work pay off."
Drake is a perfect 4-0 against the Camels and 1-0 when facing the squad in Buies Creek. However, the last time the two teams met on Campbell's home field, Drake held on for a 14-12 win as a last-second CU two-point conversion attempt failed to send the contest into overtime.