Behind the title: This was Butler’s second straight national title and, once again, they were headed west to face the No. 1 team in the country, this time, Dixie (Utah) in the Dixie Rotary Bowl at St. George, Utah – where an estimated 8,000 fans packed into a 6,000-seat stadium to watch the game. Butler’s trump card? One of the greatest junior-college football players of all time in running back Rudi Johnson, who led the nation in rushing in ’99 with an amazing 2,224 yards and 32 touchdowns. Johnson would come absolutely uncorked against Dixie, going for 373 yards and 7 touchdowns against the second-best rushing defense in the country. In an interesting aside, Butler sophomore offensive lineman Howard Duncan won his second straight title with the Grizzlies … then would go on to win another one the next year with Oklahoma. After this game, coach James Shibest left Butler to take a job as an assistant at Arkansas. His replacement? The young offensive coordinator on Butler’s two title teams – Troy Morrell.
Game story with notes and box score after the jump: