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.