JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The University of Dayton scored 27 points in the second quarter to take control at Jacksonville, beating the JU Dolphins 36-16 Saturday.
Cornerback Christian Searles tied the UD single-game record with three interceptions. Alex Jeske threw for three TD passes in the second quarter. William Will had three field goals to raise his career total to a Pioneer Football League record 52.
Dayton improves to 5-2 overall, and 3-1 in the PFL. UD has won three straight. The loss was Jacksonville’s first in the PFL this season. The Dolphins are 2-3 overall and 1-1 in league play.
- Jacksonville took the opening kickoff and drove 53 yards to set up a Javier Arce-Ramirez 25-yard field goal for the only scoring of the first quarter. JU 3-0
- Dayton got on the board with a 70-yard drive, with the big play an Alex Jeske 29-yard run. He probably ran farther on the scoring pass. On 3rd-and-goal from the 9, he scrambled back to the 30, then ran to his left, put another move on a lineman and finally hit Matt Tunnacliffe in the corner. UD 7-0
- On the kickoff, Andrew McCormick made the hit, and Matt Rightnour recovered the fumble, and three Tucker Yinger runs later (the last being a 17-yarder), the Flyers were up 14-3.
- The game quickly turned late in the second quarter. David Leisring’s open-field tackle on a fourth down gave Dayton the ball at its own 42. Nine plays later, Jeske hit Adam Trautman, who barreled into the end zone for a 15-yard score. The PAT was blocked, but UD led 20-3 with 42 seconds left in the half.
- The Flyer special teams came up big again on the kickoff. Kevin Maloney forced a fumble that Ryan Skibinski recovered, and it only took one play for Jeske to find Jack Euritt for another 15-yard score. UD 27-3 at halftime.
- Dayton took the second half kickoff and drove 73 yards in 12 plays, setting up Williams Will’s 23-yard field goal to give the Flyers a 30-3 advantage.
- Jacksonville got the home crowd loud with a 78-yard TD pass from Rylan Wells to Pernell Rattray. Jack Crain blocked the PAT. UD 30, JU 9.
- Prince Gray really gave the Dolphin fans something to cheer about when his 65-yard punt return to the 15 gave Jacksonville a short field. Wells ran it in from the two. UD 30, JU 16
- With the Dolphins back to within two scores, UD took over in the fourth quarter. The Dayton defense allowed just seven yards in total offense the rest of the way and Will drilled two more field goals (47 and 34 yards).
- Dayton got the ball back with 6:38 left in the game and ran out the clock. The Flyers took a knee at the seven-yard line on the last play to make the final Dayton 36, Jacksonville 16.
- Freshman Sean Prophit returned to action for the first time since the first half of the Duquesne game and was UD’s leading rusher, with 20 carries for 87 yards.
- Tucker Yinger added 77 yards on just nine rushing attempts.
- Alex Jeske ran 11 times for 46 net yards.
- Jeske was also 16 of 26 passing 139 yards and three scores.
- Ryan Skibinski caught a game-high six passes for 55 yards.
- Adam Trautman had three receptions for 18 yards, Jack Euritt had two for 26 and Matt Tunnacliffe added two for 24.
- Trautman, Euritt and Tunnacliffe all caught touchdown passes.
- Cornerback Christian Searles tied the Dayton single-game record with three interceptions. He also had two tackles and a pass breakup.
- Christopher Beaschler led the Flyers with eight tackles (all solo) with a sack.
- David Leisring had seven hits (six solo) and Chris Hagan added six tackles (all solo).
- Mike Gray had five hits (four solo), and also had a sack.
- Sean Smith punted seven times for a 45.9 yard average, with three inside the 20 and just one touchback.
- Searles also returned three punts for a 14.4 yard average.
- Searles is the 10th Flyer to have three interceptions in game. The last was Mark Kasmer in 2002.
- William Will’s first field goal gave him 50 for his career. It also gave him sole possession of the PFL career field goal record, breaking a tie with Drake’s Billy Cundiff. Will now has 52.
- Will also had his Dayton record of consecutive PAT’s without a miss come to an end at 71 with the blocked kick in the second quarter.
- Jack Euritt has caught a pass in 19 straight games.
- The win was Dayton’s first in four tries at Jacksonville, and the 20-point margin matched the combined margin of the first three games at D.B. Milne Field.
- UD has now scored in an NCAA all-divisions best 450 games in a row.
- The Flyers remain on the road on Saturday, Oct. 22 when they meet Butler at the Butler Bowl. Game time in Indianapolis is 1 p.m. ET.
- Dayton’s next home game is Saturday, Oct. 29 against Stetson.