Flyers soar past Morehead State


DAYTON, Ohio – The University of Dayton (4-2, 2-1 PFL) defeated Morehead State (2-4, 1-2 PFL) 51-27 Saturday at Welcome Stadium. The Flyers rushed for a season-high 461 yards, led by Tucker Yinger’s 193 yards on 21 carries, Jared Ruffing’s 186 yards on 20 carries, and Alex Jeske’s 83 yards on nine rushes. Ruffing rushed for a career-high three touchdowns, Yinger added a 57-yard rushing TD and Jeske accounted for two touchdowns, a 15-yard pass to Jack Euritt and a 13-yard rushing TV.

William Will was a perfect 3-for-3 on field goals (20, 38 and 49 yards). His 49-yard field goal, the longest of his career, was also the 49th of his career, tying the PFL record. He has made 65 consecutive PATs, a UD program record previously held by Greg Schwarber (1972-75).

Dayton’s 51 points is the most the Flyers have scored in a regulation game since their 61-0 win over Butler on Nov. 3, 2007. After neither team scored in the first quarter, the Flyers opened up the scoring with 24 points in the second quarter.

• Redshirt sophomore Jared Ruffing got the Flyers on the board on the first play of the second quarter with a one-yard rush. The play was set up by Ruffing’s 61-yard rush – a career-high for him – to Morehead State’s nine-yard line. The 91-yard scoring drive was the longest for the Flyers of the 2016 season.
• Redshirt senior William Will became UD’s all-time career leader in field goals made (47) with a 20-yard made attempt with 11:42 left in the second quarter to put UD up 10-0.
• Ruffing scored his second rushing TD of the game, the second consecutive week he’s rushed for at least two scores, to put the Flyers up 17-0 with 6:27 to play in the half. Will’s PAT was his 65th consecutive, breaking a UD program record set by Greg Schwarber (1972-75).
• Morehead State scored on a 45-yard pass play from Austin Gahafer to Darius Pritchett.
• Alex Jeske found Jack Euritt in the end zone on a 15-yard pass with 31 seconds left in the half to give the Flyers a 24-7 lead.
• The Eagles scored the first points of the second half, Gahafer connecting with Jake Sutherland on an eight-yard pass with 10:03 left in the third quarter to cut the UD lead to 24-14.
• Will made a 38-yard field goal with 6:15 left to play in the third quarter to put UD up 27-14.
• Will hit a 49-yard field goal, the longest of his career to extend Dayton’s lead to 30-14. It marked the 49th of his career, tying the PFL all-time record by former NFL kicker Billy Cundiff.
• MSU scored on a 79-yard pass play from Gahafer to Jarin Higginbotham with 33 seconds left in the third quarter. The PAT was no good.
• Ruffing scored his third rushing touchdown of the game, this one a three-yard rush to put the Flyers up 37-20 with 12:19 left in the game. The three rushing TDs is the most for him in a single game.
• Pritchett scored his second TD of the game, an 86-yard reception from Gahafer.
• Redshirt sophomore Tucker Yinger rushed for a 57-yard touchdown to put UD up 44-27 with 7:54 showing on the clock.
• Jeske scored on a 13-yard rush to put the Flyers up 51-27.

• The Flyers rushed for a season-high 461 yards, while holding the Eagles to just 106 yards.
• In addition to rushing for 83 yards, Jeske accounted for 122 yards passing. He completed passes to four different receivers.
• The UD defense gave up 418 passing yards but Cameron Stubbs came up with a big interception with 4:10 left in the fourth quarter.
• Chris Hagan led the defense with eight tackles (seven solo).
• Ryan Skibinski finished the day with three catches for a total of 19 pass receptions this season, breaking the UD freshman record previously by current junior Tyler Tumpane (18 in 2014).

• Dayton has now scored in an NCAA-all-division record 449 straight games.
• UD leads the all-time series

• UD’s next game is at Jacksonville on Saturday, Oct. 15 at noon ET. 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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