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Football Cardinals win defensive battle at Muskingum, 12-10

Steven Carpenter scored scored two TD's vs. Muskingum; this one went for 54 yards (courtesy Otterbein)

NEW CONCORD, Ohio—The Otterbein University football team escaped New Concord with a 12-10 victory over Muskingum University.

Muskingum just missed a 41-yard field goal attempt wide right with 1:08 remaining in the game, and still had a chance for victory after Otterbein failed to move the ball on the next series. Muskingum got the ball back on the 50-yard line with 35 seconds to play and moved it to the Otterbein 39-yard line before time expired.

With the win, Otterbein improved to 4-2 overall and 3-1 in Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) play. Muskingum fell to 1-4 overall and 1-3 in the OAC.

“It was ugly,” said Otterbein head coach Tim Doup. “But a win is a win. You have to win close games on the road. It was a very physical game.”

In an offensive role reversal—Otterbein rushed to victory a week ago against Baldwin Wallace University—the Cardinals passed their way to victory today. Otterbein threw for 205 yards and two touchdowns compared to just 56 yards on the ground.

Senior wide receiver Steven Carpenter, making both touchdown receptions, put Otterbein up on the scoreboard first, hauling in a 54-yard pass from senior quarterback Ben Sizemore with 8:59 remaining in the second quarter. Muskingum senior place-kicker Caleb Carpenter hit a 39-yard field goal before the half to make it 6-3.

The Fighting Muskies opened the second half with possession and drove the length of the field in 11 plays to the Otterbein 17-yard line. Otterbein junior safety Jordan Bonifas intercepted a pass from sophomore quarterback Cody Williams in the end zone to kill the drive.

On Otterbein’s very next series, the Cardinals mounted a nine play, 80-yard drive capped off by a 26-yard touchdown pass from Sizemore to Carpenter. Again, for the second time on the day, Otterbein failed to convert its extra-point attempt.

Muskingum closed out the scoring with a 1-yard rush for a touchdown from freshman running back Melvin Smith with 13:49 to play.

Sizemore finished the day with 205 passing yards, completing 13 of 21 pass attempts. Carpenter and sophomore wide receiver Jeremy McCoy each made six catches.

Freshman inside linebacker Austin Jones tallied 14 tackles, including 3.5 for a loss of four yards to lead his teammates. Senior inside linebacker Eric Mitchell made 11 stops, and senior defensive end Zack Grieves added eight stops. Bonifas, in addition to his game-saving interception, recovered a fumble and broke up a pass.

Senior All-American defensive end Pat Seesholtz aggravated a previous injury and did not play in the second half.

Otterbein returns home to face Heidelberg University next Saturday under the lights in Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.


Findlay visits Tiffin in GLIAC action


The University of Findlay football team will be on the road this week to take on Tiffin University on Saturday, Oct. 12.  The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) contest is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m.

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The Series

The Oilers currently hold a commanding 20-1 advantage in the all-time series dating back to the 1986 campaign when Findlay defeated Tiffin by a score of 35-3.

Findlay won by a score of 41-17 last year against Tiffin in Donnell Stadium behind 299 passing yards and three touchdowns from Clay Belton.

Monterae Williams added 138 rushing yards and three touchdowns as the Oilers churned out 511 yards of total offense in the victory.

Head Coach Rob Keys

Head coach Rob Keys is currently in his third season at the helm of the Oilers football program and has his team off to a 3-2 start.

In his second season with the Oilers, Keys posted a 7-3 record with the same mark in GLIAC competition.  The Oilers showed improvement from their first season under Keys and saw six players earn either first or second team all-conference honors.

Keys led the Oilers to a 6-5 record during his first season as head coach, which included a 6-4 mark in the GLIAC.  The win total marked a five-game improvement from the year before and included standout wins against Grand Valley State University and Wayne State University.

The Oilers, who had lost 11 straight to GVSU, claimed a 26-20 win on the road against the Lakers in the fourth week of the season and then defeated #22 Wayne State University on the road by a score of 43-42 in overtime to close the campaign.

Keys, who was hired as the head coach of the Oilers football program on December 16, 2010, previously served as the co-defensive coordinator and special teams coordinator for the Oilers from 2000-04.

In 2010, Keys served as the defensive backs coach at the University of New Hampshire. He helped coach the team to an 8-5 record in 2010 and a spot in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Playoffs. The Wildcats, who were ranked #10 in the nation, were then upended by the #5 University of Delaware Blue Hens 16-3 in the quarterfinals of the tournament.

Before his time with the Wildcats, Keys spent four years as the special teams coordinator, recruiting coordinator and defensive backs coach at Slippery Rock University (2006-10).

Prior to his work at Slippery Rock, Keys served one season as the safeties coach and special teams coordinator at Indiana State University (2005) after his five-year run at Findlay.

Keys also spent three seasons coaching at his alma mater, West Virginia University, coaching running backs, special teams, tight ends, tackles, quarterbacks and wide receivers.

As a player at West Virginia, Keys was a two-year letter winner and a 1995 team co-captain. He won the Mountaineer Club Award twice (1994-95), the highest honor a West Virginia player can receive. He was also given the Scott Shirley Award for the special teams MVP in 1995 and participated in the USF&G Sugar Bowl and Carquest Bowl during his tenure.

For Findlay’s 2013 coaching staff, please click on the following link:

2013 Coaching Staff

The Oilers

The Oilers secured a 38-21 win over McKendree last week in Lebanon, Ill.

The Oilers offense was in high gear as they rolled up 621 yards of total offense in the victory.  They also tied a school record with 33 first downs.

Findlay’s defense also had their best outing of the season, holding the Bearcats to only 293 yards.

Verlon Reed completed 24-of-36 passing attempts for 335 yards and a touchdown while also rushing four times for 52 yards.

Daiquone Ford gashed the Bearcat defense for a career-high 229 rushing yards on 30 attempts.  The Myrtle Beach, S.C. native also scored three rushing touchdowns and added two receptions for 22 yards in the game.

Trevor Smith paced the defense with nine tackles while Brad Fenton made seven stops.

For Findlay’s 2013 season statistics, please click on the following link:

2013 Season Statistics

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2013 Roster

The Dragons

The Dragons are 1-4 on the year and are coming off of a 34-30 win against Malone last week.

Antonio Pipkin and Joey Frendo lead the offense from the quarterback position.

Pipkin has thrown for 666 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for 154 yards and four more scores.

Frendo has thrown for 633 yards and two scores, averaging 211.0 passing yards per game.

The Dragons also have a deep group of receivers and have seven players with more than 100 yards receiving.  Jeremy Armstrong (310), Tony Shead (261), Marcus Beaurem (230), Tyler Jones (218), Jerry Brown (143) and Jacob Schneider (123) are all over 100 yards for the year.

For Tiffin’s 2013 season statistics, please click on the following link

2013 Season Statistics

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2013 Roster

Record Catching

Senior wide receiver Seth White is closing in on becoming the all-time reception leader at Findlay.  White has recorded 137 career catches and is only two receptions away from breaking the record of 138, which is shared by Jeff Rowe (2000-03) and Rick Hatfield (1976-79).

White also ranks sixth all-time at Findlay with 1,761 career receiving yards and is chasing Hatfield for fifth place.  Hatfield accumulated 1,920 receiving yards during his career.

In addition, senior tight end Jaryd Brown is eighth all-time with 111 career receptions and eighth all-time with 1,399 career receiving yards.

He is chasing Darren Paige (2005-07) for ninth place on the all-time receptions list.  Paige caught 117 passes for the Oilers during his tenure with the team.

An Elite Offense

The Oilers lead the GLIAC and rank 12th nationally in yardage per game, racking up 533.2 total yards per contest.  They lead the conference in passing yards per game at 304.0 and rank fifth in rushing yards per game with 229.2 per outing.

There passing yards per game ranks 23rd in the nation and their rushing yards per game is the 25th best mark in NCAA Division II football.

Individually, junior quarterback Verlon Reed ranks tenth nationally in total offense per game at 342.2.

A Workhorse Back

Sophomore running back Daiquone Ford ranks second in the GLIAC and fourth in the nation in rushing yardage per game, churning out 162.6 yards per contest.

Ford is tied for the league-high in rushing touchdowns with 11 on the year, which is also the fifth best total in the nation, and leads the GLIAC with 139 attempts.

He has run for over 100 yards in four games this season and posted a career-high 229 yards in the Oilers 38-21 win at McKendree on Oct. 5.

Airing it Out

Junior quarterback Verlon Reed leads the GLIAC and ranks tenth nationally in completion percentage at 68.5 and ranks second in the conference and 24th nationally in passing yards per game at 284.6.

Reed is also in a tie for third place in the GLIAC in touchdown passes with seven so far.

Reed threw for a career-high 363 yards against Northern Michigan on Sept. 14, one yard shy of the school record 364, which was set by former quarterback Billy Noonan against Ashland on Nov. 8, 2008.

Putting Points on the Board

The Oilers are averaging 38.8 points per game on the year, the fifth best total in the GLIAC.

Moving the Chains

The Oilers are averaging 26.6 first downs per game, the second best total in the GLIAC.  Their first down average is also the 14th best mark in the nation.

Sticky Hands

Junior wide receiver Lloyd Henry leads the conference in receptions with 38 on the year.  He is also the league leader in receiving touchdowns with five on the season and ranks third with 108.0 receiving yards per game.

The Garfield Heights, Ohio native ranks 19th nationally in receptions and 21st in receiving yards.

Senior wide receiver Seth White is ranked eighth in the conference in receiving yards with 380 and is ninth in the league with 25 catches.

Playing on an Island

Junior defensive back Feraris Golden leads the conference and ranks fourth nationally in passes defended with 11 on the year.  He has broken up eight passes and recorded three interceptions, the second best total in the GLIAC.  His three picks is also the 11th best mark in all of NCAA Division II football.

Teammate Harold Jones-Quartey, a junior defensive back as well, ranks third in the GLIAC with seven passes defended on the year.

The Swiss Army Knife

Senior Seth White does a little bit of everything for the Oilers football team.  On the year, White has made 25 receptions for 380 yards and two touchdowns.  He has also made 4-of-6 field goal attempts and connected on 12-of-13 point after attempts.

White is also averaging 36.4 yards per punt and has placed five inside the 20-yard line.  For good measure, White has also recorded 33 passing yards and caught one two-point conversion on the year.

Laying the Wood

Senior linebacker Trevor Smith ranks fifth in the GLIAC in tackles with 47 on the year.

He racked up a career-high 17 tackles against Northern Michigan on Sept. 14.

Returning for Records

Senior running back Demetrius Trapps is tied for first all-time at Findlay in kick returns with 64 attempts and ranks second all-time in career kick return yardage at 1,396.

He is tied with Carey Lennox (2000-03) for first place in returns and is chasing Lennox in the return yardage department as well.  Lennox recorded 1,463 return yards during his tenure with the team.

Antagonizing the Quarterback

Junior defensive end Kevin Brewton ranks sixth in the GLIAC with 4.0 sacks on the year.  Junior defensive end Josh Lee is also among the league leaders and ranks tenth in the conference with 3.0 sacks on the season.

As a team, the Oilers rank third in the GLIAC in sacks with 13 on the season.

Getting Good Field Position

The Oilers are averaging 29.8 yards per kick return, the second best mark in the GLIAC.  Their total is also the fourth best mark in all of NCAA Division II football.

Freshman defensive back Tory Clark leads the GLIAC and ranks seventh nationally with a 33.3 kick return average.

GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week

Junior quarterback Verlon Reed was named the GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 30 after passing for 166 yards and two touchdowns.  He also added 156 yards rushing and two scores on the ground in the Oilers 40-19 win over Michigan Tech on Sept. 28.

Record Smashing

The Oilers threw for 427 yards in their 41-31 loss at Northern Michigan on Sept. 14, which established a new school record.  The previous record of 364 passing yards in a game was set in a 45-38 loss to Ashland on Nov. 8, 2008.

A Bolt of Lightning

Junior wide receiver Nathan Morris returned a kickoff 91-yards for a score against Urbana on Sept. 5 to mark the first time an Oilers player had accomplished the feat since the 1991 campaign.

Milan Smith was the last Oilers player to return a kick for a score and he did it from 92 yards out on Oct. 19, 1991 against Geneva College.

The school record for the longest kick return is 93 yards, accomplished by Adam Burdette against Wayne State during the 2000 campaign.

Morris was also named the GLIAC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in the win over Urbana.

Racking up the Points

The Oilers scored 51 points in their win over Urbana this season  Under head coach Rob Keys, the Oilers have hung 50 or more points on an opponent twice now.  They also accomplished the feat in a 50-27 victory against Tiffin in 2011.

The team has scored over 40 points in a game eight times since Keys took over control of the program in 2011.


Senior tight end Jaryd Brown, senior offensive lineman Justin Music, senior Seth White and senior Jamon McClain were voted as captains for the Oilers football team in 2013.

GLIAC Preseason Poll

The Oilers were picked to finish third in the GLIAC South Division this year, receiving 69 total points and one first place vote in the annual coaches poll.

The Oilers finished the 2012 campaign with a 7-3 record, which was good for a tie for second place with Ohio Dominican in the South Division.

Preseason All-American Honors

Senior defensive back Ray Ballard was voted a 2013 preseason NCAA Division II All-American by USA College Football.

Ballard, a second team all-conference performer last year for the Oilers, was tabbed a first team All-American by the organization.

Senior wide receiver Seth White also earned praise from the organization and was tabbed a preseason honorable mention selection.

Preseason All-Ohio

Ohio College Football released their annual preseason All-Ohio teams on Aug. 6 and four Oilers were tabbed first team.

Senior wide receiver Seth White, senior tight end Jaryd Brown and senior offensive lineman Justin Music all earned first team honors on offense while senior defensive back Ray Ballard captured first team honors on the defensive side of the ball.


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Otterbein travels to Muskingum Saturday afternoon in OAC Football action

Game Notes

WESTERVILLE, Ohio—The Otterbein University football team, sitting fourth in the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) standings, continues OAC play, traveling to Muskingum University Saturday for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff. It will be homecoming on the New Concord campus.

The Cardinals, 2-2 overall, ran their conference record to 2-1 with a 19-7 win over Baldwin Wallace University last Saturday in Westerville. The squad sits two games behind league leaders Heidelberg University, the University of Mount Union, and John Carroll University, all a perfect 4-0 overall and 3-0 in OAC play.

The Fighting Muskies, 1-3 overall and 1-2 in the OAC, picked up their first win of the season, a 35-28 verdict over Wilmington College last Saturday in Wilmington. Muskingum rallied from a 21-point second-half deficit to record the football program’s 500th win.

Although the Cardinals have won the last nine meetings with the Fighting Muskies, Muskingum is one team Otterbein second-year head coach Tim Doup hates to see come up on the Cardinals’ schedule.

“They are just so tough, hard-nosed, and physical,” Doup said. “They play us tough every year. They fly around to the ball. They are big up front on offense.”

In preparation, Doup is putting his team through another grind week, which he implemented in the week leading up to the win over Baldwin Wallace. The coaching staff and team report for extra morning meeting and film sessions four days a week that begin in the wee hours of the morning. The coaching staff reports at 5:30 a.m., followed by the team at 7 a.m.

“Our guys were prepared very well,” Doup said about the BW game. “We made few mistakes, especially offensively. And defensively, we held them to seven points. I think it worked and we are in grind week again.”

The Cardinals, led by sophomore running back Drew Ervin, rushed for a season-high 265 yards in the win over Baldwin Wallace. Ervin accounted for 234 yards on 26 carries, including a 69-yard rip to set up Otterbein’s first touchdown, a five-yard run by senior quarterback Ben Sizemore, followed by a 76-yard run for a touchdown to give Otterbein a 13-7 lead at the half.

“He’s faster than we thought,” Doup said about Ervin. “That was good to see—running like he did, breaking tackles, bouncing it, and then going. He’s a little elusive.”

Like grind week, Doup plans to stick with the same offensive game plan that worked so well against Baldwin Wallace when the team faces Muskingum Saturday.

“Right now, we are not a fancy offense,” Doup said. “I think we’ve gone away from that a little bit. I think we found our niche, and if we can do that again, I think we will be ok.”

Last season in Westerville, Otterbein defeated Muskingum 23-13. Sizemore, filling in for senior quarterback Aaron Kingcade, who was injured in the first quarter, threw three touchdown passes in the win.



Dayton travels to Florida on Saturday to play one of newest members of PFL, Stetson Hatters

The University of Dayton football team, one of the original members of the Pioneer Football League when it formed in 1993, will visit one of the newest PFL members when Flyers play at Stetson football on Saturday.
UD is 3-2 overall this season, and 1-1 in the PFL after last week’s 40-8 win over Davidson. Stetson is 1-4 overall, and have lost four straight, including its first two games in the PFL.
Flyer tailback Connor Kacsor is coming off a near-record performance, gaining 244 yards on 26 carries in the Davidson win. It was the second-highest single-game total in Flyer football history. He was named PFL Offensive Player of the Week.
Dayton won five of its last six games in 2012 to finish the year 6-5 overall and 5-3 in the Pioneer Football League. It was UD’s 35th winning season in 36 years as a non-scholarship program.

(courtesy Dayton)

The Flyers entered the season with the third-best winning percentage (.762, 109-34) in FCS football since 2000 AND the most football Academic All-Americans (22) at any level of competition in the same time frame. The top five are Harvard (.775), Montana (.769), Dayton (.762), Appalachian State (.739) and North Dakota State (.710).
UD has not been shut out in an NCAA-record 413 straight games, the best such active string in all of college football. The last team to shut out UD was Marshall, 9-0, on Oct. 16, 1976.
The Pioneer Football League is in its 21st 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 85-27 PFL record is the best in league history. Dayton has won 11 (shared or outright) league championships, the most of any PFL team.

(courtesy Stetson University)



This is the first meeting, but one connection the Flyers and Hatters have is Bob Jacoby. Jacoby graduated from UD in 1956 and was a letterman on teams that won 75 games in three years and was ranked as high as #2 in the nation. He was the Stetson AD from 1984 to 1996.
Stetson is playing its first season of football since 1956. Coach Roger Hughes and his staff have spent the last two years putting this team together. The Hatters won the first game of the new era, and had a player do something in their first three weeks that had not happened in the first 20 years of the PFL.
Redshirt freshman safety Donald Payne was named PFL Defensive Player of the Week after each of the first three games of the season. No other player has ever been named PFL Defensive POTW three times.
Payne leads the PFL in fumbles caused (0.4 per game) and passes defended (1.8), is second in fumbles recovered (0.4) and solo tackles (7.0), and is third in interceptions (0.4) and tackles for loss (1.3).
Head coach Rick Chamberlin guided UD to 40 wins in his five seasons, going 9-3, 9-2, 10-1 and 6-5 the last two years. Dayton won a share of PFL championships in two of his first three years, and missed the third by just five points at Jacksonville in the last game of 2008.
Rick Chamberlin has been a part of 337 of UD’s 637 wins – 26 as a player, 268 as an assistant coach, and 43 as a head coach. He has also been a part of 433 of UD’s 1,018 games.
Ten Flyers own start totals of 10 or greater. Cornerback Kyle Sebetic has 33 starts in his career. QB Will Bardo has 26. OT Tom Corcoran and LB Colin Monnier have 24. WR Branden Johnson has 19. DT Brannon Dunn has 18. CB Howard Savage has 16 and DE Pat Dowd has 15. WR Ross Smith has 12. OG Chris Cortopassi has 11 and S Matt Bianco has 10. Monnier’s 24 is the longest string of consecutive starts on the team.
The Flyers had a glut of injuries in 2012 that resulted in 45 starts missed by players who were considered starters in the pre-season. The other side of that coin is that UD has 22 players back this season who have previous starting experience. Still, five Dayton players made their first collegiate start at Youngstown State — center Grant Georgic, guard Jimmy Vogel, slot receiver Gabe Macis, wideout Cory Stuart and defensive end Nate Sudnic. It was Vogel, Stuart and Sudnick’s first action in college.
The Flyers are being led by four co-captains in 2013 — Brannon Dunn, Ben Estey, Colin Monnier and Kyle Sebetic.
Dunn started at defensive tackle in 2012, but was limited to six games due to an in-season appendectomy. He was in on 14 tackles and 2.5 hits in the backfield with 1.5 sacks. In 2011, he played in all 11 games with seven starts and had 38 tackles with eight sacks.
Estey started the last six games of 2012 at offensive tackle when the Flyers finished the season by winning five of their last six contests. He played in all 11 games last year after seeing action in just four career games heading into the season. He was the 2009 Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year. He has missed the last three games (injury).
Just the fifth two-time captain in Dayton football history, Monnier is a preseason First Team All-PFL selection. He was the team’s White-Allen Most Valuable Player in 2012. The only member of the defense to start every game, Monnier led the team in tackles (92), solo hits (46) and tackles in the backfield (12.0). He was also tied for second in interceptions (2) and batted away another pass and had a quarterback hurry.
A three-year starter at cornerback, Sebetic led NCAA FCS football in passes defensed in 2012. He had 15 passes broken up and three interceptions in nine games, for a 2.0 per game average. He also had 52 total tackles and was second on the team with 39 solos. Sebetic was also named preseason First Team All-PFL.
“We’ve got a great mix” according to coach Rick Chamberlin. Colin is the veteran of the bunch, having been a captain already last year. He’s an outstanding player and the emotional leader of the team. Brannon is a down and gritty kind of leader. The tougher things are, the more he likes it and he showed that by battling back from having his appendix removed to play that last part of the year.”
“Ben may have shown the biggest improvement as a football player of anyone on the team, and his hard work, maturity and leadership have earned him the respect of all of his teammates and coaches. Kyle is the quiet one of the group. He lets his play and work ethic do his talking for him. But when he does speak, everyone listens.”
One of three Flyer preseason First Team All-PFL selections, senior defensive end Pat Dowd led UD and was third in the PFL in sacks (0.85 per game). All but one of his 8.5 sacks in 2012 were in PFL action. Dowd was in on 36 hits and was also second on the team in TFL (10).
Linebacker Colin Monnier is fourth in the PFL in tackles per game (10.2). UD’s MVP and leading tackler in 2012, Monnier picked up right where he left off by leading all players with 12 tackles at Youngstown State. He had eight solo hits and one TFL. He was PFL co-Defensive Player of the Week after getting 14 hits and UD’s only sack in the Duquesne win. He’s had at least 10 hits in three of the five games this year.
Senior cornerback Kyle Sebetic had 10 tackles at YSU, but none of his seven solos were as impressive as the one when he ran down Adaris Bellamy from behind to prevent an 83-yard TD. Bellamy had a15-yard lead on everyone on the Dayton defense when he broke free on a third-and-one, but Sebetic refused to concede and erased the gap. Sebetic is tied with Howard Savage for solo tackles on the team (19).
Even though he made just one tackle on a running play, cornerback Kyle Sebetic’s performance in the second half was a key in Dayton’s come-from-behind win over Duquesne. At halftime, the Dukes’ Gianni Carter had six receptions for 131 yards and two touchdowns. During the break, the Flyers assigned Sebetic, last year’s FCS leader in passes defensed, on Carter wherever he lined up. Sebetic blanketed him so thoroughly that Carter was held to one catch for four yards in the second half. Sebetic had a similar effort last year against Marist’s Michael Rios, holding Rios to three catches for 24 yards when matched on him.
Senior cornerback Howard Savage returns after missing the last half of 2012 with an injury (ironically, the injury happened against Butler in his hometown of Indianapolis). He was second on the team in tackles per game (6.6) and also had two interceptions and four passes broken up. He had five hits (four unassisted) at YSU. He had six tackles and a fumble recovery in the Duquesne win. He is tied for the PFL lead in fumbles forced per game (0.4). He is also tied with Kyle Sebetic for honors for solo tackles on the team (19), and is second in hits (32).
Ryan Schwenke, who plays the hybrid linebacker/safety position called “Flyer” in the Dayton defensive system, has shown a nose for the ball in his move into the starting lineup. The soph’s two interceptions are tied for second in the PFL (with, among others, teammate Nick Weston). He is also third on the team in tackles (30).
Safety Nick Weston was the PFL Defensive Player of the Week after the RMU win when he had 11 hits, an interception and a pass broken up . He is also tied for second in the PFL in interceptions (0.4)
Will Bardo returns for his third season at the helm of the Flyer offense. He accounted for 227 yards total offense at Youngstown State, and moved into fifth place in career total offense at UD. Then he had 250 (79 rushing with 2 TD’s, 16 of 32 for 171 passing) vs. Duquesne to move into fourth. He now has 4,949 yards. Kelly Spiker is third with 5,138. A dual threat, he is averaging 6.9 yards a carry on running plays in 2013 (6.9 per carry without sacks, 4.7 with sacks factored in). He is second at UD in rushing (249) and yards per carry (4.7). His three rushing TD’s are tied for first on the team. Despite throwing seven straight incompletions at one point, Bardo was 13 of 26 passing for 188 yards and two TD’s in the RMU win. Against Davidson, he was 12 of 17 passing for 103 yards and also had eight runs for 69 yards (8.6 avg.).
Running back Connor Kacsor had one of the greatest single-game rushing performances in Flyer football history in the Davidson win. Kacsor carried the ball a career-high 26 times for 244 yards. He was just seven yards short of Jermaine Bailey’s Dayton single-game record of 251 yards set against Drake on Oct. 21, 2000. Kacsor ran for two touchdowns and averaged 9.4 yards per carry. Five of his carries went for 20 yards or more. It was the best rushing performance in the PFL this season, and sixth-best in FCS football. He is fifth in the PFL in rushing, averaging 82.0 yards per game. It was Kacsor’s fourth game of 100 yards or more in just 14 career games.
Connor Kacsor was the first Flyer freshman football player to run for 100 yards in a game three times in a season last year as a redshirt freshman. He had 135 at Davidson, 106 in the Morehead State win and 124 vs. Valpo in back-to-back-to-back weeks. He is only the second freshman to rush for 100 yards in a game at UD. The first was quarterback Kelly Spiker, who ran for 142 yards vs. Morehead State and 157 vs. Butler in back-to-back weeks in the 2000 season. Kacsor led the PFL with a 10.6 yard-per-carry average in 2012. Kacsor missed most of his senior season in high school, and then redshirted his first year at UD in 2011.
For the second straight season, wideout Branden Johnson has suffered a season-ending injury while leading the team in receptions. This year, he sat out the first two games, but came through in the next two games with 13 catches for 207 yards (15.3) and four touchdowns. He broke his collarbone on the fourth TD, which was UD’s last play from scrimmage in the Marist game. He was UD’s top pass catcher in 2012 (28 catches for 270 yards, 9.6 avg) even though he missed the last five games of the season with an injured shoulder. He was the second-leading Flyer receiver in 2011 (25 catches for a team-high 15.9 yards per catch average).
Dayton had eight different pass catchers with at least 10 receptions in 2012. Nine receivers have already caught passes this season.
Flyer senior slot receiver Gary Hunter had a career-high six receptions for 56 yards at Youngstown State. He had another five for 59 in the Duquesne win. Also against Duquesne, Hunter averaged 17.5 yards on two punt returns and 43.5 on two kickoff returns. In 2012, he averaged 22.6 yards per touch as a pass receiver (25.0 yards on 7 catches), punt returner (25.5 on 4) and kick returner (21.2 on 20). He missed the last two games with an injury before returning for a few plays against Davidson.
The Dayton career record holder in kickoff returns, Gary Hunter is believed to be only the second Flyer football player to have three special teams touchdowns in his career (available statistics are incomplete prior to 1950). Kelvin Kirk (the original Mr. Irrelevant) had three from 1974-77. Hunter had what is believed to be the first kickoff return for a TD by a freshman in the history of University of Dayton football when he had an 82-yard scamper against Valparaiso in 2010. He returned a kickoff for a TD in both of his first two seasons at Dayton and had a 77-yard punt return in the 2012 opener at Illinois State.
Slot receiver Gabe Macis leads the team in receptions (16 for 10.1 avg). Ross Smith, who can play both outside and inside, is tied for second (13 or 10.6 avg.). Gary Hunter leads the team in receptions per game (3.3).
Dayton senior Ross Smith has caught at least one pass in 14 straight games. He is second on the team in reception (13) and yards per catch (10.6). Smith was second on the team with 26 catches in 2012.
Redshirt freshman wideout Cory Stuart had eight catches for 65 yards in the first two games, and then missed the last two games with an injury. He now has 10 for 85.
Dayton returns three players with starting experience in 2013 on the offensive line. Tackles Ben Estey and Tom Corcoran are back from a year ago, and Chris Cortopassi, who has also started in the past at tackle and is now at guard, give the Flyer o-line experienced depth. The Flyers led the PFL in rushing (196.9 yards a game) in 2012, averaging 5.0 yards a carry.
Redshirt senior offensive tackle Tom Corcoran was named UD’s offensive player of the week in the Duquesne win. The primary blocker assigned to the Dukes’ Buck Buchanan Award finalist Dorian Bell. Bell, a transfer from Ohio State who averaged double-digits in hits last year, was held to four tackles (1 solo, three assists) in the game. Corcoran will miss the Stetson game while attending his brother’s wedding.
Redshirt freshman kicker William Will was named the PFL Special Teams Player of the Week after scoring the last nine points in UD’s come-from-behind 23-20 win over Duquesne. Will was three-for-three in field goals in the three-point win. On the year, he is six-for-seven in field goals.
Kyle Pignatiello is back for his second season as UD’s punter. He is averaging 41.3 yards a punt, third in the PFL. Eight of his punts have been inside the 20, with just two touchbacks. At RMU, he punted six times for a 42.5 average, with three kicks inside the 20. As a redshirt freshman, he averaged 37.4 yards a punt in 65 kicks. Twenty-four of his punts were inside the 20 (with only three touchbacks), and 19 were fair caught. Pignatiello was the first UD player to be named a team player of the week twice this season.
Dayton leads the PFL in net punting (39.1). Against Robert Morris, Flyer coverage teams limited the Colonials to one total return yard on three returned punts and 16.7 yards on three kick returns. RMU return man Eddie Antwan came into the game averaging over 13 yards a punt return. The Flyers also lead the league in kick return average (22.7).
Twice: Branden Johnson, Kyle Pignatiello; Once: Christopher Beaschler, Tom Corcoran, Gary Hunter, , Connor Kacsor, Clay Krafft, Colin Monnier, Kyle Sebetic, Cameron Stubbs, Nick Weston, William Will
Twice: Jack Adams, Danny Dudek, Nick German; Once: Shane Companey, Tommy Fanning, Ricky Lawniczak, Alex Middleton, Graham Peters, Mike Ryan, Michael Scott, Cory Stufflebeam, Owen Williams
Dayton has had at least a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation’s Campbell Trophy, the major award of the NFF’s Scholar-Athlete Award program (the academic Heisman if you will), for eight straight years. This season, linebacker Colin Monnier is UD’s semifinalist. Previous Flyer picks were Bill Petraiuolo (2012), Devon Langhorst (2011), Brandon Wingeier (2010), Sean Heenan (2009), Bart Bergfeld (2008), Brandon Cramer (who was also a finalist in 2007), and Brandon Godsey (2006). Dayton is the only PFL team to even have three straight (Drake has two). Among Division I schools, the Flyers are one of 10 institutions with a semifinalist in the last seven years. The others are Austin Peay, Bucknell, Indiana, Montana, Nebraska, Rutgers, South Dakota State, Texas, and Wisconsin.
600 CLUB
The Flyers became the 11th NCAA FCS team (and the first west of the Alleghenies) to win at least 600 games in its football history when UD beat Davidson on October 18, 2008. Here are the 15 members of the club heading into the 2013 season: Yale (871), Harvard (829), Penn (824), Princeton (791), Dartmouth (662), Delaware (661), Lehigh (660), Lafayette (659), North Dakota State (641), Dayton (634), Cornell (629), Northern Iowa (625), North Dakota (617), Colgate (618) and Holy Cross (605). Of the 600 Club members, Dayton has played the fewest seasons (104, nine fewer than Northern Iowa’s 113). UD moved into the Top 10 in 2010. The Flyers’ .640 all-time winning percentage is fourth among the “600 club” and ninth all-time. The top 10 FCS winning percentages going into 2013 consists of Yale (.701), Grambling (.698), Harvard (.677), Florida A&M (.663), Princeton (.662), Tennessee State (.656), Georgia Southern (.647), Appalachian State (.6403), Dayton (.6395) and Penn (.634).
The UD Flyers moved to Welcome Stadium in 1974. The word “Welcome” implies hospitality, but UD has been anything but hospitable to its opponents at home, where it is 207-44-2 (.822). The “Welcome” is not a greeting, but an honor to the late Percival Welcome, longtime AD for the Dayton Public Schools.
Six current members of the Flyer football team have had relatives who also played for UD, including three players whose fathers played — Austen Alber (Tim, 1986-88), Alex Husted (Jon, 1986-89) and Kyle Pignatiello (Mike, 1980-82).
When Jon Gruden coached the Tampa Bay Bucs to the Super Bowl championship in 2003, he became the second UD grad to coach a Super Bowl winner. Former UD co-captain and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Chuck Noll won four as coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Noll started at center and linebacker for the Flyers and graduated in 1953. Gruden played quarterback at Dayton and earned his degree in 1986. UD became only the third school (now there are four) to have two alumni coach Super Bowl winners. The others are San Jose State (Bill Walsh and Dick Vermeil), Arkansas (Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer), and Eastern Illinois (Mike Shanahan and Sean Payton). At the time of their wins, Gruden was the second-youngest coach to win a Super Bowl and Noll was the fifth-youngest. As a matter of fact, UD has ties to 19 Super Bowl rings. In addition to Noll’s four and Gruden’s one, six former members of Dayton coaching staffs own a total of 14 Super Bowl rings between them. They include current Saints QB coach Joe Lombardi (XLIV). Lombardi, an Air Force Academy grad and the grandson of Vince Lombardi, began his coaching career at Dayton. He coached for three seasons on Mike Kelly’s staff while stationed at Wright-Pat AFB. Noll and Gruden are honored in the main entryway of UD’s newly-renovated Football Offices.
DAYTON — Connor Kacsor ran to daylight until Mother Nature brought storm clouds in Dayton’s 40-8 win over Davidson Saturday at Welcome Stadium. Kacsor ran 26 times for 244 yards and two touchdowns on the day. His 244 yards were just seven yards short of Jermaine Bailey’s school record of 251 yards (set against Drake in 2000).
But just as Kacsor’s day was done and the second unit was coming into the game, a storm front with lightning moved into the area, first sending the teams to the locker room and eventually ending the game with 7:46 left in the fourth quarter.
Kacsor carried the ball a career-high 26 times in the game, averaging 9.4 yards a carry. He gained 59 yards in the first quarter, and another 51 to give him 110 by halftime. He exploded for 94 in the third and then added 40 during Dayton’s only possession of the fourth quarter. The 94 yards coming out of halftime were more than any Dayton runner had gained in a game this season.
For the game Dayton averaged 8.2 yards per carry. Kacsor and quarterback Will Bardo combined for 34 carries and 303 yards (8.9 average) themselves. Bardo ran the ball eight times for 69 net yards and a score. He also threw a TD pass, and was 12 of 17 for 103 yards with an interception. Gabe Macis caught five passes for 46 yards to lead UD.
The Dayton defense held Davidson to 46 yards in the first half and 191 yards and a 2.8 yard per play average in the game. Seven Flyer defenders had at least five tackles, including linebacker Chris Beaschler, who had five hits and returned an interception 42 yards for a touchdown. Ryan Schwenke led UD from his Flyer position with seven tackles, including 2.5 in the backfield.
Dayton received the opening kickoff and drove 62 yards in nine plays to dent the scoreboard first, and then took advantage of a Davidson punting miscue to take a short field drive of 31 yards to take a 14-0 lead halfway through the first quarter. William Will nailed a field goal as time expired in the first half to give UD a 17-0 halftime lead.
The Flyers return home to host San Diego. Game time is 6:00 p.m. ET. It will be the first time the Flyers have played a PFL foe at night since they beat Morehead State 28-0 on September 11, 2004. Interestingly, the first touchdown of that game was scored by then-redshirt freshman QB Kevin Hoyng. Hoyng is now the Flyers’ quarterbacks coach. Stetson is at Marist.

Otterbein uses grinding rushing attack to beat Baldwin Wallace, 17-9

Cardinals ILB Austin Jones trips up BW QB Michael Slack (photo by Ed Syguda)

WESTERVILLE, Ohio—The Otterbein University football team used a strong rushing attack to defeat Baldwin Wallace University, 19-7, in an Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) matchup Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

The Cardinals (2-2, 2-1 OAC) outgained the Yellow Jackets (2-2, 1-2 OAC) in total yardage, 391-301, including winning the rushing battle, 265-138.

“I liked (the team’s) energy,” said Otterbein head coach Tim Doup. “After two losses like we’ve had, some teams can go in the tank, but we turned it around and we worked harder. They really engaged in what we were trying to do.”

Sophomore running back Drew Ervin set the pace with a career-best performance, rushing for 234 yards and one touchdown on 26 carries.

After both offenses stalled in the first quarter, Ervin jump-started the Cardinal offense with a 69-yard run down to the Baldwin Wallace 5-yard line early in the second quarter. Senior quarterback Ben Sizemore punched in a 5-yard run on the next play. The Cardinals didn’t convert the PAT due to a bad snap, making the score 6-0.

“Drew is a downhill runner,” Doup said. “In this kind of atmosphere, with the rain and the wetness, I thought we would be successful.”

The Yellow Jackets responded with a scoring drive of their own as junior quarterback Michael Slack scored on a 21-yard run to take a 7-6 lead with 9:16 remaining in the second quarter.

Baldwin Wallace threatened again soon after, reaching the red zone with five minutes left in the half. The Yellow Jackets couldn’t capitalize, fumbling at the 10-yard line with senior defensive lineman Zack Grieves recovering the loose ball.

Ervin then broke a 76-yard touchdown run, giving the Cardinals a 13-7 lead heading into halftime.

The Yellow Jackets botched another red-zone attempt in the third quarter, muffing the snap on a 25-yard field goal attempt.

Senior wide receiver Steven Carpenter set up the Cardinals final score with a 24-yard catch and run down to the Baldwin Wallace 10-yard line late in the third quarter. Sizemore then connected with junior Chester Deaton on a 2-yard touchdown pass. The 2-point conversion attempt was no good, keeping the score 19-7.

Sizemore finished the game 12 for 17 with 126 yards passing and one touchdown. Carpenter was his main target, catching six passes for 85 yards.

Senior linebackers Eric Mitchell and Wes McKeever and freshman linebacker Austin Jones totaled eight tackles each to lead the defense.

BW’s Slack was 16 for 23 with 114 yards passing and 65 yards rushing with one touchdown. Senior wide receiver Josiah Holt was the Yellow Jackets’ leading receiver with nine catches for 66 yards. Linebackers Dan O’Brien and David Flegal both recorded ten tackles for the Yellow Jackets.

Otterbein will travel next to Muskingum University on Oct. 12. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.



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