Dayton Football Flyers travel to play the Valparaiso Beacons today at 1:00

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DAYTON — The University of Dayton football team goes on the road Saturday to visit Valparaiso.   Kickoff at Brown Field is 1 p.m. ET.

The Flyers will see a familiar face across the field, as the Beacon head coach is former Dayton defensive coordinator Landon Fox. Fox has been at Valpo since 2019.

UD is 3-3 and 2-2 in the Pioneer Football League after last week’s 20-17 loss to Marist.  Valparaiso is coming off a bye week, and is currently 1-5 overall and 1-2 in the PFL. 

During last week’ s game, UD quarterback Jack Cook became the all-time career record holder for the most passing touchdowns in a career at Dayton with his 60th.  He passed his first quarterback coach at Dayton, Kevin Hoyng.

GOOD NEWS WORTH REPEATING

The Flyers entered the season with the fifth-best winning percentage (.733, 162-59) in FCS football since 2000 AND have produced the most football Academic All-Americans (34) at any level of competition in the same time frame.  The top five in winning percentage are North Dakota State (.801), Harvard (.7538), Montana (.7537), San Diego (.741) and Dayton (.733).

STREAKING

UD has not been shut out in a school-record 493 straight games, the best such active string in all of college football. The last team to shut out the Flyers was Marshall, 9-0, on Oct. 16, 1976. That is also the all-time FCS record.

PFL POWER

• The Pioneer Football League is in its 29th season.  The original (and now the only) Division I strictly need-based football league began with charter members Butler, Dayton, Drake, Evansville, San Diego and Valparaiso. 

• UD’s 126-44 record is the best in PFL history.

• The Flyers’ 12 league championships are more than any other PFL team.  San Diego has 11.

THE MAN AT THE TOP

• Rick Chamberlin is now in his 13th season in charge of Flyer football. His record is 96-44.

• He is third all-time in wins at UD, behind two College Football Hall of Fame members– Mike Kelly (246 wins) and Harry Baujan (124).

• After coaching the Flyers to the FCS playoffs in 2015, Chamberlin was named the 2015 AFCA District Coach of the Year and the PFL Coach of the Year.  He was the school’s first AFCA District Coach of the Year, and his PFL honor was the ninth for a Dayton coach.

• Chamberlin is also in his 47th season as part of the Flyer football program.  A Flyer All-American linebacker in his playing days, he has been a part of 390 of UD’s 690 wins – 26 as a player, 268 as an assistant coach, and 96 as a head coach.  He has also been a part of 510 of UD’s 1,093 games.

• The Springfield, Ohio native is the 23rd head football coach since the program began in 1905. He is the first of the 11 modern era coaches to have lettered for the Flyers, and the second to be a graduate of the University of Dayton (Pete Ankney was the first alum when he coached in 1963 and 1964).

• Chamberlin, 63, had been on the Flyer coaching staff for 31 seasons before being named head coach. First as linebackers coach and then as defensive coordinator, Chamberlin helped mold the Dayton D’s reputation for its preparation and execution.

• A four-year letterwinner (1975-78) for the Flyers, Chamberlin is the Flyer career record holder in tackles with 419.

• He was named to the Football Coaches Association Small College All-America team as a senior. Chamberlin was the third Dayton player to be named a First Team All-American, but the first defensive player.  He joined the UD Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989.

THE MAN AT THE TOP IN THE PFL

• Rick Chamberlin is the winningest coach in Pioneer Football League history, with 72 wins.

• No other PFL coach has 60 league wins.

UP NEXT

• Dayton returns home on Saturday, Oct. 30 to meet Butler.

• The Butler game kicks off at 1 p.m. ET.

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