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UD’s Monnier, Will named recent PFL Players of the Week

Colin Monnier (courtesy UD)

Two University of Dayton football players were honored by the Pioneer Football league Sunday for their work in this week’s Dayton 23-20 win over Duquesne.  Redshirt freshman kicker William Will was selected the league’s Special Teams Player of the Week, while redshirt senior linebacker Colin Monnier was named Defensive Co-Defensive Player of the Week.
Will scored the last nine points of the game, drilling field goals of 32, 25 and 25 yards to lift Dayton from a 20-14 halftime deficit to a 23-20 win.  He is a 2012 graduate of Lincoln Way East High School who hails from Mokena, Ill., made the team last year during walk-on tryouts.  He is four-for-four in field goals and three-for-three in PAT’s this season.  His 2.0 field goals per game are tied for first in the PFL and fourth in FCS football.
Monnier had his second straight double-digit tackling performance for the Flyers.  Against Duquesne, the Chicago Marist High product was in on 14 tackles, 2.5 hits in the backfield and UD’s only sack of the day.  His sack was a critical play early in the game, as Duquesne was in the red zone threatening to score the first two TD’s of the day.  Monnier’s sack on third down forced the Dukes to settle for a field goal. Monnier averages 13.0 tackles a game, good for second in the PFL and fifth nationally.
Monnier shared the weekly honor with Stetson defensive back Donald Payne, Jr. also named Monnier its PFL Defensive Player of the Week.

Baldwin Wallace trio named OAC Football Players of the Week

BW Trio Named OAC Football Players of the Week

BEREA, OHIO –  A trio of Baldwin Wallace University football student-athletes, junior quarterback Michael Slack (Casselberry, Fla./ Pine Castle Christian Academy), senior Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference outside linebacker David Flegal (Akron/ Richfield Revere) and senior All-OAC placekicker Chris Mohler (Kent/ Roosevelt), have been named as OAC Football players-of-the-week for their efforts in the Yellow Jackets’ 52-21 season-opening victory at Bluffton University last Saturday (Septrember 7).

Slack completed 12-of-15 passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a game-high 102 yards in his first collegiate start.  He threw TD passes of 36 yards to senior Academic All-OAC wide receiver Gabe Adams (Hudson) in the second quarter and a 39-yarder to junior WR Javon Burks (Naples, Fla./ Golden Gate) in the third quarter. He also had a 12-yard TD run in the third stanza. He received the OAC’s Offensive Player of the Week honor.

Flegal had a game and career-high 12 tackles, including one for a loss. He has seven solo stops and five assists.  Flegal received the OAC’s Defensive Player of the Week accolade.

Mohler made all seven of his point-after-touchdown (PAT) kicks and connected on a 24-yard field goal in his only attempt to score 10 points.  He received the OAC’s Special Teams Player of the Week award.

This Saturday, Sept. 21, BW opens its OAC and home schedule against Cleveland cross-town rival John Carroll University in the 37th Annual Lee Tressel Shrine Classic and in the 25th anniversary of the “Battle for the Cuyahoga Gold Bowl Trophy” on the Tressel Field turf at The George Finnie Stadium at 6:00 p.m.

BW leads the all-time series between the two rivals, 25-23-4, including a 13-11 advantage in the Gold Bowl series.  Last year, BW beat JCU, 32-28, in University Heights with a long touchdown pass with 1:21 left in the game and then held off the Blue Streaks. Ten of the last 11 games have been won by the home team with last year being the only exception.

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Baldwin-Wallace opens football season with 52-21 win at Bluffton

BLUFFTON, Ohio –  Junior quarterback Michael Slack (Casselberry, Fla./Pine Castle Christian Academy) completed 12-of-15 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns and ran 16 times for a game-high 102 yards and a TD as the Baldwin Wallace University football team defeated host Bluffton University, 52-21, in its season-opener at Dwight Salzman Stadium.

Bluffton led 14-10 after one quarter, BW led 24-14 at halftime and 38-14 after three stanzas. BW outgained the Beavers, 527-385, including 314 yards on the ground.

With its win, BW  is 1-0 overall and hosts Ohio Athletic Conference and Cleveland cross-town rival John Carroll University, also 1-0 overall, in the 25th Annual Battle for the Cuyahoga Gold Bowl Trophy and the 37th Annual Lee Tressel Shrine Classic on Tressel Field at The George Finnie Stadium at 6:00 p.m.. in Berea It is the OAC opener for each team. BW leads the all-time series, 25-23-4, and the Gold Bowl series, 13-11, following a thrilling, 32-28 victory a ayear ago in University Heights.  Two years ago in Berea, BW also won a thriller, 43-35. Bluffton is now 0-2 overall.

Offensively for the Yellow Jackets, Slack’s top receiver was junior Javon Burks (Naples, Fla./ Golden Gate) who caught three passes for 100 yards and TD. In addition to Slack in the running game, junior running back Nolan Sordyl (Gurnee, Ill./ Warren Township) had 55 yards in 14 attempts with TD runs of one and 12 yards.  The BW defense was led by senior linebacker David Flegal (Akron/ Richfield Revere) with a game-high 12 tackles.

Bluffton was led on offense by junior QB Nick Sheehan who completed 24-of-43 passes for 277 yards and three TDs .  His top receiver was senior Shawn Frost was caught seven passes for a game-high 110 yards and a TD. In addition, junior WR Donovan Brown caught seven passes for 79 yards and two TDs. The running game was led by junior Eric Fox who had 47 yards in 12 attempts. The Beaver defense was led by senior linebacker Josh Runda with eight tackles.

The Yellow Jacket defense opened the scoring and took a 7-0 lead at the 11:06 mark of the first quarter when senior safety Joe Kasper (Mentor) picked up a fumble and returned it 48 yards for a touchdown. The play was set up when Bluffton tried a pass in the flat and behind the line of scrimmage and receiver. The play was ruled a fumble. Senior placekicker Chris Mohler (Kent/ Roosevelt) booted the PAT.

Bluffton came right back after a 43-yard kickoff return to drive 56 yards in seven plays to tie the score at 7-7 when Sheehan threw a 15-yard TD pass to Frost with 7:26 left in the first stanza. Senior kicker Austin Sweeney added the PAT kick.

BW fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Bluffton scored a play later when Sheehan connected with Brown for a 34-yard TD pass at the 7:14 mark. Sweeney’s PAT kick gave the Beavers a 14-7 advantage.

BW came right back and drove 47 yards in 11 plays and cut the deficit to 14-10 when Mohler booted a 24-yard field goal at 2:46.

Following a Bluffton punt to open the second quarter, BW drove 74 yards in 11 plays and Sordyl powered into the endzone from one yard out to give BW the lead at the 11:04 mark. Mohler’s second PAT kick made it 17-14.

Bluffton attempted a fake punt, but the punter dropped the snap and BW recovered at the Beaver 36 yard line. BW took a page out of the Bluffton playbook from earlier in the game when Slack threw 36 yards to senior Academic All-OAC WR Gabe Adams (Hudson) at 9:29 for a TD. Mohler’s third PAT kick made it 24-14.

Bluffton had a chance to cut the lead to 24-17 with 2:33 left before the intermission, but Sweeney’s 21-yard attempt was wide left.

BW gained a 31-14 lead at 10:13 of the third quarter when Slack ran 12 yards for a TD and Mohler added his fourth PAT. Slack’s run capped a 10-play and 69 yard drive. He also gained 55 yards on the drive.

The lead grew to 38-14 at 8:12 when Slack threw 39 yards to Burks  for his first career TD grab and Mohler tacked on his fifth PAT of the game. The drive was two plays and 44 yards and followed a Bluffton 3-and-out possession.

Bluffton clawed back as the Beavers travelled 86 yards in 14 plays and made the score 38-21 when Sheehan tossed a two-yard scoring pass to Brown and Sweeney added the PAT with 11:10 left to play.

BW came right back and drove 53 yards in four plays to score and increase its lead to 45-21 with 9:08 left when Sordyl rambled 16 yards for the TD and Mohler was perfect for the sixth straight time on his PAT kick. The big plays was a 33-yard seem pass from Slack to Burks. Sordyl scored on the next play.

Sophomore QB/RB Tyler Moeglin (Canton/ Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas) gave BW a 52-21 lead at 6:48 when he ran 62 yards to paydirt and Mohler made his seventh PAT boot.

Following its game versus JCU next Saturday, BW hosts OAC-rival Muskingum University on Sept. 28 at 2:00 p.m. for Family and Community Day. The pregame picnic in the North Quad begins at 12:00 noon. For more information, please log onto our Alumni web site at

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Clark’s Late Field Goal Helps MTSU Nip Memphis, 17-15


Memphis at Middle Tennessee (photo by Steve Basford)

MURFREESBORO, TN — Redshirt freshman Cody Clark’s 40 yard field goal with 1:49 left, the second of his short career, boosted Middle Tennessee State to a 17-15 win over in-state rival Memphis. The Blue Raider defense preserved the win with key sacks on Memphis’ last gasp drive.

(courtesy MTSU)

MTSU took over on their own 35 with 3:31 remaining and down 15-14. Pass plays of 18 and 25 yards by Logan Kilgore to Marcus Henry and Tavarres Jefferson helped the Blue Raiders reach the Memphis 23.

Memphis reached the MTSU 36 after the field goal, but sacks by Alexandro Antoine and Jared Singletary of Tiger quarterback Paxton Lynch, the last one leaving no time for another play, pushed the Tigers out of field goal range.

The MTSU Blue Raiders continued their dominance in the series with Memphis, running their record in the series to 17-8-1, including 11-2 at home. Memphis’ last win in Murfreesboro was in 1939. The eighth largest crowd in Floyd Stadium history — 23,922 — was on hand to honor its 2013 Hall of Fame class.

Memphis outgained MTSU 350 to 284 and had over nine more minutes of possession time, but committed 15 penalties for 145 yards. The Tigers had 11 of their penalties for 114 yards in the first half.

MTSU scored on their second possession, going 92 yards in 13 plays, with the help of two pass interference calls. On a favorable overturn after an official review, Kyle Griswould’s catch of Kilgore’s bootleg pass and dive at the right pylon from seven yards out was ruled a touchdown.

(courtesy U of Memphis)

The Tigers answered two possessions later with a 21 yard field goal in the second quarter by Jake Elliot. The Memphis drive started at the MTSU 38 following a punt out of the end zone.

The Blue Raiders needed only eight yards to extend the lead to 14-3 with 3:39 left before halftime on a one yard plunge by Jordan Parker. T.T. Barber’s interception at the Memphis 32 and return to the 16 plus an eight yard penalty set up the score.

Cody Clark is the hero for the Blue Raiders (courtesy MTSU)

Elliot’s second field goal of the half of 41 yards made the halftime score 14-6. Bakari Hollier’s interception of a Kilgore pass at his own 22 and 33 yard return started the drive at the MTSU 45 with 1:12 remaining.

The Tigers had to settle for Elliot’s third field goal from 27 yards on their first possession of the second half to make it 14-9. A false start on second and goal at the MTSU five stalled the drive.

Lynch’s one yard rollout pass to Alan Cross on third and goal at the one gave Memphis a 15-14 lead with 13:38 remaining in the game, capping a 10 play, 69 yard drive. Lynch’s two point conversion pass was incomplete, leaving the margin for a field goal to win instead of tie.

The Blue Raiders raised their record to 2-1, while the Tigers fell to 0-2.

Paxton Lynch (U of Memphis)

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