Butler named NCC player of week

Butler named NCC player of week South Dakota place-kicker Cody Butler has been named North Central Conference Special Teams Player of the Week, according to an announcement Oct. 7 by the league office.

In addition, Butler was an honorable mention selection for D2Football.com's NCAA Division II Special Teams Player of the Week.

On his 21st birthday Oct. 5, Butler had quite a day. He made four straight field goals and added four extra points in a 40-37 win over North Dakota State in four overtimes. In one of the best NCAA Division II games to date, Butler kicked the 27-yard game-winning field goal in the fourth overtime. The USD-NDSU game was the longest in school history and the first four overtime contest in school history.

Butler, who scored 16 points, kicked field goals of 27, 35, 47 and 49 yards and made all four

of his extra points attempts. His 49-yard field goal was a career best and it came at the most critical time for South Dakota. When Butler knocked home the field goal, he tied the game at 20-20 with 3:04 to play and provided USD with the opportunity to win one of the most thrilling games ever played at the DakotaDome.

In his stellar performance, Butler tied a pair of school records, including most field goals made with four (Kurt Seibel vs. Morningside, 1983, Terry Godfrey vs. NE Missouri State, 1984). He also tied a record for most points in a game (Kurt Seibel, Morningside, 1983).

Butler's performance also enabled South Dakota to end a 14-game losing streak against NDSU, dating back to the Coyotes' 28-12 win in 1987, also at the DakotaDome in Vermillion.

For the season, Butler has made six of seven field goals for 85.7 percent and 8-10 PATs. He has made four straight fieldgoals from over 40 yards.

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