VALPARAISO, Indiana – The University of Dayton Flyers broke open a 14-14 game with 30 unanswered points to win at Valparaiso 44-14 on Saturday.
The first of three William Will field goals broke the tie and gave Dayton a 17-14 halftime lead. Dayton scored on its first five possessions of the second half, capitalizing on a three-and-out, a fumble, an interception, another fumble and a fourth-down stop.
The victory moves Dayton to 6-0 on the season and 3-0 in the Pioneer Football League (PFL). The Flyers are all alone in first place in the PFL.
- Dayton scored 14 points before Valparaiso had a first down, taking the opening kickoff and driving 65 yard in 15 plays and then going 59 yards in seven plays. Alex Jeske ran the first one in from the five and hit Tyler Tumpane from seven yards out for the second.
- The Crusaders tied it by the 9:11 mark of the second quarter on Ryan Clarke-to Jean Rene touchdown passes of 32 and 20 yards.
- UD re-took the lead for good on a 36-yard field goal by William Will on the very next possession.
- VU got the ball to start the second half, and Dayton forced a three-and out. The Flyers needed nine plays to drive 59 yards to make it a 10-point game. Jack Adams ran it in from the two.
- Two plays later, a big hit by Christopher Beaschler popped the ball free and it was scooped up by Ryan Schwenke and run in from 35 yards out to make the score 31-14.
- Three plays later, Travis Nees came up with an interception and returned it 19 yards to the 19, setting up a second Will field goal, this one from 35 yards.
- Schwenke came up with another fumble on the run and brought it back 36 yards to the five. Adams scored on his second two-yard run.
- On Dayton’s next possession, Will closed out the scoring with a 22-yard field goal with 12:31 left in the game.
- Linebacker Chris Beaschler finished the game with 14 tackles, and he only played one play of the fourth quarter. Eleven of his hits were solo tackles. Beaschler also had 1.5 TFL, a forced fumble and a QB hurry.
- Ryan Schwenke had two fumble recoveries and 71 yards in returns, with a TD.
- Travis Nees and David Leisring turned in interceptions.
- Defensive tackle Miles Ashelman, who only returned to action last week, had his second straight two-sack effort.
- Redshirt freshman running back Tucker Yinger led UD with 76 yards on 11 carries.
- The Flyer tailback trio of trio of Yinger, Jared Ruffing and Jack Adams combined to carry the ball 35 times for 178 yards (5.1 avg.).
- Quarterback Alex Jeske was 17 of 28 passing for 159 yards, with a touchdown and an interception.
- Tyler Tumpane and Cory Stuart combined to catch 13 of those passes. Tumpane had eight for 49 yards, and Stuart had five for 57.
- Senior Cameron Stubbs returned two kickoffs for 57 yards.
- Sophomore Christian Searles had two punt returns for 29 yards.
- William will made all three of his field goals and all five of his PAT’s.
- Freshman punter Sean Smith averaged 45.5 yards on just two punts
- UD has not been shut out in an FCS record 437 straight games, the best such active string in all of college football
- Every Dayton player dressed played at least three plays from scrimmage, with the obvious exceptions of placekicker William Will and punter Sean Smith.
- The Flyers now have 99 PFL wins, the most in league history.
- Dayton is home the next two weeks. UD is all alone in first place in the PFL with a 3-0 record, but three teams are right behind with one loss. One of those teams is the next opponent, Butler, on Saturday, Oct. 24. Game time is 6 p.m. ET. It is the second and final night game of the season, and it will also be UD’s annual Military Appreciation Game.