College Football – DAYTON HOLDS OFF MOREHEAD STATE 20-15 TO GO 9-0

Flyers Have Overcome A Halftime Deficit Six Times This Season

Dayton runs record to 9-0
Dayton runs record to 9-0

MOREHEAD, Ky. — Dayton only led for the last 7:09 of the game but it was enough as the Flyers came from behind to beat Morehead State 20-15 Saturday on the road.  Danny Leach’s end zone interception started a 15-play, 83-yard drive, and Jack Adams’ two-yard run ended it to lift unbeaten UD to its ninth win of the season.  It was Leach’s second interception of the game.

Dayton came up with three turnovers, all interceptions and all in the red zone.  In addition to Leach’s two picks, Nolan Harmotto also had one.  Nearly as critical was the fact that Dayton did not turn the ball over against the PFL’s leader in turnover margin (+10 going into the game),

SCORING

  • Twenty-two of the game’s 35 points were scored in the first quarter
  • Morehead State opened the scoring with a 37-yard Shavi Bash field goal, and upped the advantage on an Austin Gahafer-to-Tanner Napier 29-yard TD pass. Michael Scott blocked the PAT to make it 9-0, MSU.
  • UD got on the board with a six-play, 84-yard drive.Tucker Yinger ran it in from the six, but Jack Adams had the key play with a 46-yard run (his longest of the year).
  • The Eagles answered with a 63-yard drive, 32 of it coming on Brent Holman’s 32-yard run. Dayton blocked the PAT again, this one by Austen Alber.
  • Dayton scored the only points of the second quarter on an Alex-to-Alex connection. On fourth and one at the Morehead four-yard line, quarterback Alex Jeske hit blocking back Alex Kenner for the score that capped off a nine-play, 80-yard drive. William Will’s PAT made it 15-14 with one minute left in the half, and that’s how the scoreboard read at halftime.
  • After a scoreless third quarter, the Flyers put together what turned out to be the game-winning drive. Leach intercepted Gahafer’s pass in the end zone to get the ball back and then UD drove 83 yards on 15 plays. The roles were reversed from Dayton’s first TD.  A 27-yard Yinger bust-out got the ball inside the five and Adams scored from the two.
  • The Dayton defense had to stop MSU twice more. The first series, UD forced a punt from midfield and then Leach intercepted his second pass to allow the Flyers keep the ball.
  • Dayton kept the ball on a critical third-down-and-five conversion. Jeske faked the handoff, rolled right to draw a safety out of the play and then hit a diving Cory Stuart for 10 yards.
  • All three of UD’s scoring drives were 80 yards or longer.

STATS

  • Jeske threw for 186 yards on the afternoon, completing 19 of 26 passes.
  • Stuart led UD with eight catches for 74 yards. He has at least one reception in 22 straight games.
  • Adams and Yinger combined to gain 156 yards on 34 attempts. Adams had 82 on 15 carries and Yinger had 74 on 19. Both had touchdowns.
  • Cameron Stubbs led the Flyers with nine tackles (eight solo). Two of his tackles were in the backfield.
  • Leach was second with seven hits, including six unassisted.
  • Christian Searles, Ryan Schwenke and Christopher Beaschler all added six tackle.

NOTES

  • UD has not been shut out in an FCS-record 440 straight games, the best such active string in all of college football.
  • Dayton is the only remaining team in the Pioneer Football League with an unblemished record with two games to play. UD is 6-0. One game back is San Diego at 5-1 (Dayton handed USD its only league loss.).   Morehead State and Marist are both 4-2.
  • The Flyers have now won 11 straight games dating back to the 2014 season.

UP NEXT

  • The Flyers are home next Saturday for the annual Senior Day game when Marist comes to town.
  • UD’s 33 seniors will be honored in pre-game ceremonies. At halftime, one of them will be named the 2015 recipient of the Lt. Andy Zulli Memorial Trophy, regarding as the most prestigious honors in the program.
  • Game time is 1 p.m. ET.

Saturday, November 14th for the final home game of the season with Marist College coming to town for a 1 p.m. ET start time.