Oct. 1, 2005
DAYTON, Ohio - Dayton was led by three touchdowns from senior Ryan Wrobleski en route to a 49-17 victory over Jacksonville in a Pioneer Football League crossover game Saturday in front of 7,257 fans on hand to celebrate 100 Years of Football at the University of Dayton.
Wrobleski finished with 162 yards of total offense for Dayton (5-0), which remained as the lone undefeated team in I-AA non-scholarship football. The Northville, Mich. native had four receptions for 110 yards including one touchdown catch. He added three rushes for 48 yards and two touchdowns.
Overall the Flyers out gained the Dolphins (1-2) in total yardage 339-279 despite both teams splitting the time of possession 30:01 to 29:59 in favor of Jacksonville.
UD threw for 265 yards on the day as Kevin Hoyng completed 7-of-21 attempts for 246 yards and three touchdowns. Jack O'Dell joined Wrobleski as the only other Flyer to catch multiple passes on the afternoon as he finished with two receptions for 68 yards.
The Flyers also rushed for 195 yards on 49 carries as Wrobleski was followed by senior Steve Verhoff with 23 yards on 10 rushed including one touchdown.
Defensively, UD forced six JU turnovers including four interceptions. John Hoppe had two interceptions including one for a touchdown to go along with nine tackles. Steve McDonald picked off another Dolphin pass while tallying eight tackles, and Chance Walton added a pick.
Brian Kelly led Dayton with 13 tackles including four solo stops and a fumble recovery as 10 Flyers had five tackles or more on the afternoon.
Dayton struck in the first quarter after both team traded turnovers with a 33-yard run by Wrobleski. After JU stuffed UD on first and second down running plays, Hoyng faked an option to the left and pitched it back to Wrobleski who was coming back from left to right to put the Flyers ahead 7-0 after a Josh Heyne extra-point kick.
The Dolphins came back with back to back big play of their own to make it a 7-3 game early in the second quarter. Jerry Brant broke through with a 20-yard run to take JU to the UD 47-yard line. Then on the next play Anthony Salgado connected with Michael Jenner on a 37-yard pass, which gave Jacksonville First and Goal at the 10-yard line. However the Flyer defense stiffened and held the Dolphins to a 24-yard field goal off the foot of Ryan Feely with 11:47 remaining in the second quarter.
UD then took advantage of a JU miscue to take a 14-3 advantage late the second quarter. Kelly recovered a Dolphin fumble on the on the Jacksonville 26-yard line for the Flyers with 2:55 left in the first half. Then just two plays later Hoying hit Wrobleski with a 22-yard touchdown pass in the back of the end zone to give Dayton an 11-point lead.
The momentum was short lived for the Flyers as the Dolphins struck back with four play, 65-yard scoring drive just before halftime. After Dayton's kickoff sailed out of bounds, Jacksonville used a 10-yard pass and a 9-yard rush to quickly move into UD territory. Salgado then connected with Julio Santiago on a slant pattern for a 24-yard gain. Jacksonville went to air again to cap the drive with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Eldin Ferguson, which cut the Dayton lead to 14-10 entering halftime.
Dayton took a 21-10 lead and control of the game's momentum with a big defensive play early in the second half. After Jacksonville moved the ball to its own 33-yard line with a pair of first downs, Salgado was intercepted by UD's Hoppe at the 47-yard line who followed a host of Flyers along the sideline for a touchdown with 12:28 remaining in the third quarter.
UD then stripped the ball from a JU receiver on the very next play from scrimmage and Tom Jackacki on the Dolphins' 29-yard line. Just three plays later Wroboleski found the end zone for the third time on another end around for a 15-yard touchdown run that put Dayton ahead 28-10 with 9:18 left in the third quarter.
The Flyers stretched their lead out to 25 points with long strike from the arm of Hoyng. The junior quarterback threw his second touchdown pass of the afternoon as he connected with classmate Matt Champa for a 69-yard completion down the left sideline for a 35-10 Dayton lead with just under three minutes left in the third quarter.
Dayton then capped a 28-point third quarter outburst as a McDonald interception led to an 11-yard Steve Verhoff touchdown run for a 42-10 Flyer advantage at the end of three quarters.
Jacksonville stopped the run midway through the fourth quarter with a six-yard touchdown run by Salgado to cut Dayton's lead to 42-17 with 8:25 left in the game.
UD's Brandon Godsey closed out the day's scoring as well as a 10-play, 80-yard drive that took 4:52 off the clock with a two-yard rush at the 3:33 mark for a 49-17 Flyer victory.
The Flyers head to Des Moines, Iowa for its first PFL North Division game of the year next Saturday. Dayton faces Drake in a game scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.