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Former coach and Iowa standout Tom Hayes to be Hawkeyes honorary captain for Saturday’s game


Tom Hayes (courtesy Kansas State Athletics)

Sept. 5, 2019


IOWA CITY, Iowa – - Former University of Iowa defensive back Tom Hayes will serve as honorary captain when Iowa hosts Rutgers at Kinnick Stadium, Saturday (11:05 a.m., FS1).


Following his Hawkeye playing career, Hayes enjoyed a 40-year coaching career, including 29 seasons at the collegiate level prior to his retirement in 2017. Hayes coached at Kansas State from 2011-17, completing his career as the Wildcat defensive coordinator during his final six seasons. Kansas State posted an 8-5 record in 2017, concluding the season with a win over UCLA in the Cactus Bowl, the 20th bowl game of his career.


Hayes began his coaching career at Coe College in 1976 before returning to Iowa to coach defensive backs in 1977 and 1978. From there, he was the defensive coordinator at Cal State Fullerton in 1979. He joined the UCLA staff in 1980, coaching defensive backs for two seasons before serving as co-defensive coordinator from 1982-88.


Hayes was assistant head coach and defensive backs coach at Texas A&M in 1989 and 1990, and defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Oklahoma from 1991-94. He later coached at Kansas (2001), Stanford (2005), and Tulane (2010) before his stint at Kansas State. Hayes coached more than 30 defensive backs who went on to play in the NFL, including five first-round draft selections.


Hayes coached in the NFL for seven seasons, including five years as defensive backs coach with Washington (1995-1999) and two years as defensive backs coach with New Orleans (2006-07). The Saints featured the top-ranked defense in the NFC in 2006.


Hayes joined the Iowa football program from Atlantic, Iowa, where he earned all-state honors in football and basketball. He earned a degree in finance/insurance from Iowa in 1971.


Hayes will accompany the Iowa captains to midfield for Saturday’s pregame coin toss. He will also be with the Hawkeyes in the locker room before and after the game.




Dayton Football opens 2019 season at 14th-ranked Indiana State Sycamores


UD Returns 13 Starters From A Year Ago

DAYTON — The University of Dayton opens its 112th season of football at 14th-ranked Indiana State.  The Flyers began varsity football in 1905, but idled the program for three seasons during World War II.

ISU is the highest-ranked FCS team Dayton has ever played.

Dayton, was 6-5 overall and 5-3 in the Pioneer Football League in 2018.  Three of the losses were to teams that made the FCS playoffs.

The NFL is celebrating 100 seasons of professional football this year.  It is interesting to note that the first NFL game was played between the Dayton Triangles and the Columbus Panhandles at Triangle Park, just four miles from the UD campus.

The Flyers entered the season with the fifth-best winning percentage (.733, 154-56) in FCS football since 2000 AND have produced the most football Academic All-Americans (31) at any level of competition in the same time frame.  The top five in winning percentage are North Dakota State (.792), Harvard (.772), Montana (.744), San Diego (.742) and Dayton (.733).

UD has not been shut out in a school-record 476 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.

The Pioneer Football League is in its 27th 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 123-45 record is the best in PFL history.  The Flyers’ 12 league championships are more than any other PFL team.





Florida Atlantic Postgame Notes, Quotes, Press Conference audio: #5 Buckeyes 45 Owls 21

(courtesy Florida Atlantic Sports)


Lane Kiffin talks to media after Saturday's game. He was shocked that there were only 10 media representatives in the room to interview him (


Lane Kiffin Florida Atlantic HC Postgame at Ohio State 8 31 2019

The Owls of Florida Atlantic University started the game slow, getting behind 28-0 early. But in the second half, they played well after settling down. Final score, 45-21 #5 Ohio State prevails.

FAU now has to get ready for one of their yearly rivals from The Sunshine State next Saturday. They will be hosting Central Florida (currently ranked No. 17) at 7 p.m. next Saturday at FAU Stadium.


“Two different games,” said head coach Lane Kiffin. “Obviously we started off very poor, (to) start 28-0 like that in a half of a quarter, (played) about as bad as you can in all phases of the game. Then, (we) played a lot better after that, 21-17 we outscored them. Obviously that’s not a moral victory, but that does show our players. If we do things right, especially defensively … their starters were still in (and) our defense did a really good job after that.”

Quick Hits

  • FAU (0-1) won the toss but deferred. Ohio State (1-0) needed four plays on the opening drive, with a 51-yard run for the score
  • After the Owls were held to a three-and-out, a long punt return gave OSU a short field
  • Two plays later, a 25-yard touchdown pass doubled the lead, and the next Buckeye drive ended in 31-yard passing score for to make it 21-0
  • A fourth 1st quarter score for OSU came on a 29-yard pass
  • Akileis Leroy smothered the Buckeyes’ quarterback to eventually force a punt late in the period
  • James Charles moved the chains as the Owls took possession into the 2nd quarter
  • OSU was forced into a second straight punt when a Korel Smith blitz flushed the QB out of the pocket and Leighton McCarthypushed him out of bounds for a sack
  • Matt Hayball boomed a 70-yard punt to pin OSU to their own 11
  • Again, Leroy continued to be a presence in the backfield, picking up the Owls’ second sack of the day. On the next play, Damian Horton got pressure to earn a QB hurry
  • FAU recorded with the first turnover of the game, as a backwards pass was mishandled and Quran Hafiz came up with the fumble recovery midway through the 2nd
  • Jaylen Joyner was the next defensive lineman with a hurry, leading to another OSU punt
  • The next Buckeye drive also ended in a turnover, as on a rush, Leroy forced a fumble, recovered by Rashad Smith
  • That gave FAU good field position, at the OSU 25, and Chris Robison found Harrison Bryant for back-to-back completions, of six yards and seven yards, to move it to the 12
  • Vladimir Rivas put the Owls on the board, splitting the uprights with a 28-yard field goal with 33 seconds left to go in the half
  • FAU got the ball to start the 3rd, and picked up back-to-back 1st downs on a screen pass to Larry McCammon III (12 yards) and a catch by John Raine (14 yards)
  • Robinson found Bryant on a beautiful leaping snag for 26 yards, and coupled with a roughing-the-passer penalty on the same play, the Owls had a 1st down on the OSU 12
  • Four plays later, Rivas made good again, again from the same 28-yard distance
  • On the ensuing drive, Da’Von Brown flew to the line of scrimmage for a tackle for no gain, and a one-yard loss, on consecutive plays
  • Late in the 3rd, OSU scored for the first time in over two quarters, after the Owls had held them out of the end zone for six straight possessions
  • After the TD, the Owls moved the ball downfield. Robison connected with John Mitchell and Bryant for twin 12-yard receptions, and hit Tavaris Harrison for eight yards and then six more for a 1st down
  • Robison rushed for seven and James Charles for five, and Raine made a sliding catch for 12 yards and an apparent first down, but it was overturned upon review
  • Heading into the quarter break, the Owls lined up for a field goal, but coming out, elected to go for it on 4th down. Robison found Charles for eight yards and the 1st
  • A nine-yard Charles rush brought up 2nd-and-inches
  • Two plays later, true freshman McCammon punched it from three yards, and Robison hit John Mitchell for a wide-open two-point conversion to make it 35-14
  • The Owls attempted an onside kick but it went out of bounds. Beginning in FAU territory, OSU scored seven plays later
  • The longest FAU gain of the afternoon came when Robison floated a pass to “Pico” Tavaris Harrison for 38 yards
  • After a 9-yard run by Robison, and six yards from McCammon, a play later, Bryant hauled in a 16-yard pass to move within the 10
  • Three plays after that, Robison got his first TD pass of the day, a three-yard completion to Raine. Rivas’ extra point pulled the Owls back to within three scores 42-21
  • With OSU milking the clock, James Pierre stuffed a QB rush for a loss of five
  • The Owls’ defense held the Buckeyes to a field goal attempt, which was good from 46
  • Backup quarterback Justin Agner came on for the final Owl drive, making his FAU debut. He completed his first two passes, and three of his first four, before a diving interception gave the ball back to the Buckeyes

Stats and Records

  • The attendance of 103,228 is the largest FAU has ever played in front of (eclipsing 101,821 at Alabama on Sept. 22, 2012)
  • Bryant and Raine led all receivers on the day in catches with six, and Bryant paced all players in receiving yards with 79
  • Harrison added four receptions for 57
  • Robison made good on 65 percent of his past attempts (22-for-34) for 178 yards
  • McCammon’s score was the first of his career
  • Defensively, Smith was in double digits with a game-high tally of tackles on either side, with 11, seven of which were solo
  • Brown was next with eight, while Hafiz added seven
  • Leroy had six stops, a sack and tackle for loss, plus the forced fumble
  • Hayball averaged 47.2 yards per punt, including the long of 70
  • The Owls fell behind early with the early OSU flurry, but outscored the No. 5 Buckeyes the rest of the way, 21-17


Florida Atlantic Owls: Preview Notes



The Football season kicks off Saturday with a noon game the Florida Atlantic Owls against Ohio State at Ohio Stadium. The game will be the first meeting between the two schools on the gridiron.


  • FAU is coming off a 5-7 season last year with a 3-5 mark in Conference USA.
  • The Owls have been a Division I program for 18 years.
  • Lane Kiffin is in his third season as head coach at FAU. He is 16-10 during his tenure.
  • In 2017, Kiffin’s first season, the Owls went 11-3 and won the C-USA title to go along with a victory in the Boca Bowl.
  • Kiffin has a career collegiate record of 51-31 in eight seasons as a head coach with stops at Tennessee, USC and FAU.


  • FAU ranked No. 14 nationally in total offense last year, averaging 478.8 yards per game. The Owls had 500 or more yards on five different occasions.
  • Quarterback Chris Robinson returns after earning C-USA All-Freshman and co-Freshman of the Year honors in 2018. Robinson completed 192 of his 304 pass attempts for 2,540 yards and 12 passing scores.




Florida Atlantic Owls: Quotes from South Florida

Lane Kiffin FAU head coach 2018 photo By Bobak Ha'Eri - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https


Head Coach Lane Kiffin
“Still a lot of work to do, just not much physical. A lot of it is mental. We are obviously going to play a great team. When you go play teams like that, you have to do everything to give yourself a chance to win, from coaches to players.”

Have you decided on a starting quarterback?
“No, we have not. Like I have said before, I have a pretty good idea and can definitely see multiple guys playing. We will see.”









Linebacker Ray Ellis


Linebacker Ray Ellis is a 6’1, 285 pound graduate senior: on Ohio State, specifically after he was granted a sixth year to play due to injuries:
“I would just like to go out there and play with technique and show that I can play with anybody, really that’s all. I’m not looking forward to it because it is Ohio State. I just want to go out there and play the game that I have always loved.”














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