Flyers topple Jacksonville to move to 8-0

DAYTON, Ohio – The University of Dayton (8-0, 5-0) jumped out to an early lead and coasted to a 31-14 victory over Jacksonville University (6-2, 3-2) on Saturday afternoon at Welcome Stadium.

Dayton posted 17 points in the second quarter, and took a 24-0 lead into the locker room at the halftime break.

The win keeps the Flyers unbeaten on the season, with an overall record of 7-0 and a Pioneer Football League mark of 4-0.

With the victory, UD improves to 8-0 on the season for the first time in 14 years.


  • Dayton notched the first score of the game thanks to a one-yard Alex Jeske bootleg rush in the first quarter.
  • Jeske was able to find Tyler Tumpane for a 7-yard connection to give the Flyers a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter.
  • Kicker William Will drilled a 29-yard field goal to extend the UD lead to 17-0.
  • Jimmy Vogel dove on a Jeske fumble on an option play to push the Dayton lead to 24-0 in the first half.
  • Tucker Yinger broke through the line for a 40-yard touchdown for the only UD score in the second half, increasing the lead to 31-0
  • Jacksonville’s backup QB Rylan Wells connected on a 39-yard pass with Brian Burnett to ruin the shutout hopes for UD, making the score 31-7 as time expired in the third quarter.
  • The Dolphins added an 84-yard strike in the fourth quarter from Wells to Damien Strange to bring the game to its final score of 31-14.


  • Jeske threw for 180 yards and a touchdown on an extremely efficient 20-for-23 on the afternoon.
  • The redshirt freshman connected on 11-straight passes to open up the game, a personal best for the Glen Ellyn, Ill. native.
  • Sophomore Tyler Tumpane led Dayton with seven receptions while collecting 31 yards.
  • Yinger, a redshirt freshman, led the Flyers with a career-high 122 rushing yards and a touchdown.
  • The Flyers’ defense had an interception, fumble recovery, two sacks and recorded nine tackles for loss against the PFL’s leader in total offense.
  • Solon, Ohio native Cory Stuart had five receptions for 62 yards, marking the 21st consecutive game with a reception for the redshirt senior.
  • Jack Euritt added four receptions for 39 yards and averaged 9.8 yards per catch
  • Jack Crain led UD in tackles for the game, finishing the afternoon with 10 total takedowns.
  • Nate Sudnick had 1.5 sacks in the game.
  • William Will had converted on 11-consecutive field goals before missing a 42-yard attempt into the wind wide left in the third quarter.
  • Jacksonville’s Kade Bell, who came into the game as the top passer in the PFL, was held to just 143 yards and an interception.
  • Christian Searles picked up his third interception of the season with a key end zone pick in the second quarter.


  • UD has not been shut out in an FCS-record 439 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.
  • The win snaps a three-game losing streak to Jacksonville and improves the Flyers’ record against the Dolphins to 4-4.
  • Oddly, JU’s four have have been by an average of 6.0 points, while Dayton’s four victories have been by an average of 31.8.
  • The Flyers have now won 10 straight games dating back to the 2014 season.


  • The Flyers head to Kentucky to take on Morehead State on Saturday, November 7th for a 1 p.m. ET matchup with the Eagles.
  • First place in the PFL will be at stake as Morehead comes into the game with a 4-1 league record.
  • Dayton returns to Welcome Stadium 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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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