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Dayton Football drops 35-31 decision to Duquesne on Family Weekend

Flyers Finish Non-Conference Play 2-1

DAYTON – Dayton The University of Dayton football suffered its first loss of the year Saturday afternoon, falling to Northeast Conference champion Duquesne by a score of 35-31.  The Flyers are now 2-1 following the loss, and Duquesne is now 2-1 as well.

•    Duquesne’s opening drive went 75 yards in 5:10 to take a 7-0 lead
•    The Flyers answered with a touchdown drive of their own, going 74 yards in ten plays, ending with a Jake Chisholm touchdown catch from Jack Cook.

•    Duquesne scored again to take a 14-7 lead.

•    Dayton’s following drive ended with a Kyle Butz 35-yard touchdown reception from Cook.

•    Duquesne’s following drive ended with a missed field goal from 36 yards.
•    The Flyers then followed up with another touchdown drive, this one ending in an Adam Trautman touchdown reception, giving UD a 21-14 lead.

•    Duquesne quickly answered with a 4:04 drive that went 75 yards and tied that game at 21.
•    Jake Chisholm returned the second-half kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown.  Flyers now have a 28-21 lead.
•    Duquesne quickly answered with another touchdown to even the game at 28.

•    The Flyers defense forced the first punt of the game which was blocked by Cole Kaparos.
•   Following the blocked punt, Dayton kicked a field goal to take a 31-28 lead.
•   The Dukes responded with a 10-play 75-yard touchdown drive to take a 35-31 lead with 7:13 lead.  Duke’s running back Mark Allen scored his second TD. Allen was the day’s offensive star, with 30 carries for 168 yards.

•   The Flyers moved the ball into Duquesne territory, but turned the ball over downs with 1:43 left at the Duquesne 31-yard line.


  • Adam Trautman led the Flyers in receiving with nine catches for 89 yards and one touchdown.
  • Trautman has tied Bill Frank’s all-time Dayton career receptions record of 133.
  • Jack Cook was 19 of 27 passing.  He threw for a season high three touchdowns and 219 yards passing.  He has thrown for over 200 yards in all three games so far this season.
  • Ryan Skibinski caught five passes for 53 yards, and Kyle Butz had three for 65.
  • Sean Prophit led UD in rushing for the third time this year with 13 carries for 78 yards.
  • Brandon Easterling had a team-high 19 tackles (nine solo).
  • Tim Simon added 13 tackles (1.5 TFL), and Zach Rumpke had eight hits (with a sack and 2.0 TFL).
  • Jake Chisholm’s TD return was the first for Dayton since Cameron Stubbs had a 94-yard return against Marist in 2016, and the longest since a Gary Hunter’s 100-yard return vs. Valparaiso in 2013.
  • Chisholm averaged 34.3 yards per return in his four kickoffs brought back.


  • Dayton will be on a bye week next and will begin pursuit of its 12th Pioneer Football League championship at home against Jacksonville on Oct. 5.
  • That PFL opener will kick off at 12 noon.





Amway Coaches Poll by USA Today Week 5


Amway Coaches Poll

The Amway Coaches Poll powered by USA TODAY Sports is conducted weekly throughout the regular season using a panel of head coaches at FBS schools. The panel is chosen by random draw, conference by conference plus independents, from a pool of coaches who have indicated to the American Football Coaches Association their willingness to participate. Each coach submits a Top 25 with a first-place vote worth 25 points, second place 24, and so on down to one point for 25th.


Coaches Poll: Top 25 for Week 5

1 Clemson (62) 4-0 1622 1
2 Alabama (2) 4-0 1558 2
3 Georgia (1) 4-0 1475 3
4 Oklahoma 3-0 1388 4
5 LSU 4-0 1378 5
6 Ohio State 4-0 1335 6
7 Auburn 4-0 1198 9
8 Florida 4-0 1138 8
9 Wisconsin 3-0 1100 14
10 Notre Dame 2-1 980 7
11 Penn State 3-0 964 12
12 Texas 3-1 959 13
13 Oregon 3-1 816 17
14 Iowa 3-0 778 18
15 Boise State 4-0 558 20
16 California 4-0 505 23
17 Washington 3-1 485 21
18 Virginia 4-0 450 22
19 Utah 3-1 445 11
20 Michigan 2-1 389 10
21 Texas A&M 2-2 270 15
22 Kansas State 3-0 262 25
23 UCF 3-1 233 16
24 Wake Forest 4-0 143 NR
25 Southern California 3-1 130 NR

Others Receiving Votes: Memphis 109; Washington State 83; Michigan State 82; Southern Methodist 63; Oklahoma State 51; Army 45; Mississippi State 34; Appalachian State 27; Colorado 12; Utah State 9; Minnesota 9; Tulane 8; Nebraska 7; Iowa State 7; Arizona State 6; Texas Christian 5; Navy 4; Duke 3; Hawaii 1; Arizona 1.


No. 19 Washington State; No. 24 Arizona State.


The Amway Board of Coaches is made up of 65 head coaches at Bowl Subdivision schools. All are members of the American Football Coaches Association. The board for the 2019 season: Chris Ash, Rutgers; Dino Babers, Syracuse; Craig Bohl, Wyoming; Jeff Brohm, Purdue; Neal Brown, West Virginia; Troy Calhoun, Air Force; Steve Campbell, South Alabama; Rod Carey, Temple; Jamey Chadwell, Coastal Carolina; Geoff Collins, Georgia Tech; David Cutcliffe, Duke; Mark Dantonio, Michigan State; Butch Davis, Florida International; Ryan Day, Ohio State; Manny Diaz, Miami (Fla.); Dana Dimel, Texas-El Paso; Dave Doeren, North Carolina State; Sonny Dykes, Southern Methodist; Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M; Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern; James Franklin, Penn State; Hugh Freeze, Liberty; Willie Fritz, Tulane; Scott Frost, Nebraska; Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech; Thomas Hammock, Northern Illinois; Bryan Harsin, Boise State; Clay Helton, Southern California; Tyson Helton, Western Kentucky; Tom Herman, Texas; Doc Holliday, Marshall; Jay Hopson, Southern Mississippi; Mike Houston, East Carolina; Mike Leach, Washington State; Lance Leipold, Buffalo; Tim Lester, Western Michigan; Chip Lindsey, Troy; Seth Littrell, North Texas; Scot Loeffler, Bowling Green; Rocky Long, San Diego State; Chad Lunsford, Georgia Southern; Gus Malzahn, Auburn; Chuck Martin, Miami (Ohio); Doug Martin, New Mexico State; Jeff Monken, Army; Phillip Montgomery, Tulsa; Dan Mullen, Florida; Ken Niumatalolo, Navy; Ed Orgeron, LSU; Gary Patterson, TCU; Chris Petersen, Washington; Jeremy Pruitt, Tennessee; Matt Rhule, Baylor; Nick Saban, Alabama; Tony Sanchez, UNLV; Kirby Smart, Georgia; Jonathan Smith, Oregon State; Frank Solich, Ohio; Jake Spavital, Texas State; Rick Stockstill, Middle Tennessee; Kevin Sumlin, Arizona; Dabo Swinney, Clemson; Jeff Tedford, Fresno State; Matt Wells, Texas Tech; Kyle Whittingham, Utah.


Family commitments will keep Martin St. Louis from returning as a special consultant to Blue Jackets


Martin St. Louis with Tampa Bay 2011 photo By Michael Miller - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https

After serving half a season as a special teams consultant — and more — for the Blue Jackets, Hockey Hall of Famer Martin St. Louis will not return to the team this season.

St. Louis was hired in January and would fly in every couple of weeks during the rest of the 2018-19 season, working with the team’s power play and penalty kill while also serving as a sounding board to players who wanted to tap into his vast knowledge base.

But this season, St. Louis has not been with the team during fall camp, and he has officially decided not to return to pitch in with Columbus because of family commitments. All three of his sons are high-level youth hockey players, and St. Louis is heavily involved in their careers in Connecticut where the family has settled.

St. Louis’ oldest son, Ryan, joined the U.S. National Under-17 team this year and is committed to play college hockey at Northeastern University in Boston. His middle son, Lucas, is 14 and his youngest, Mason, is 11, and all three play hockey. St. Louis, who said he could see himself as a full-time NHL coach down the road when he joined the team last year, only took the job with Columbus last winter because he could still spend the majority of his time at home and continue to coach his kids.

St. Louis played under Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella in Tampa Bay, where the two won the 2004 Stanley Cup together, and finished his standout career with both the Lighting and Rangers in 2015 with 391 goals and 1,033 points in his NHL career.

He reunited with Tortorella last winter with the Blue Jackets, and the head coach said St. Louis’ impact went far beyond helping Columbus with special teams. St. Louis gave players his phone number and told them to reach out at any time if they had questions, and Tortorella said the Blue Jackets gravitated to the Hall of Famer whenever he was around.

“I really enjoyed working with the team last year and want to thank Jarmo, Torts and everyone at the Blue Jackets for the opportunity,” St. Louis said in a statement. “While I would have loved to do it again, my priority continues to be my family, and those commitments would make it too difficult this year. They have a really good, young team and I wish them the best of luck.”


STORY WRITTEN BY Jeff Svoboda; courtesy



Blue Jackets at Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues on Sunday afternoon










The Blue Jackets continue preseason play with a contest at the St. Louis Blues on Sunday, September 22.  Game time from Enterprise Center is 3:30 p.m. ET.  Please find the game roster attached and linked.

he Blue Jackets are 2-1-0 thus far this preseason, and will cross the halfway point of the exhibition schedule halfway through Sunday’s contest.

The Roster


10 – Wennberg

14 – Nyquist

15 – Lilja

17 – Dubinsky

20 – Nash

22 – Milano

28 – Bjorkstrand

29 – Dalpe

37 – Hannikainen

52 – Bemstrom

56 – Dano



3 – Jones

6 – Clendening

8 – Werenski

33 – Somerby

44 – Gavrikov

46 – Kukan



31 – Vehvilainen

90 – Merzlikins



Blue Jackets trimming roster fast as training camp moves on

Club assigns nine players to AHL’s Cleveland Monsters, places three on waivers and releases seven from PTO

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets trimmed their training camp roster by 19 players, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.  There are currently 37 players in camp – 19 forwards, 12 defensemen and six goaltenders.


The Blue Jackets have assigned forwards Trey Fix-Wolansky, Maxime Fortier, Eric Robinson, Kole Sherwood, Kevin Stenlund and Calvin Thurkauf, as well as defensemen Gabriel Carlsson, Ryan Collins and Michael Prapavessis to the Cleveland Monsters, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate.  The club has also placed forwards Paul Bittner, Nathan Gerbe and Justin Scott on waivers for purpose of assignment to Cleveland.  In addition, the Jackets have released forwards Derek Barach, Brett Gallant, Nikita Korostelev, Stefan Matteau, Bryan Moore and Sam Vigneault and defenseman Anton Karlsson from their pro tryout contracts.  The group also is expected to report to the Monsters.


Columbus, 2-1-0 in preseason play, returns to action on Sunday at the St. Louis Blues.  Game time from Enterprise Center is 3:30 p.m. ET.  The game will be broadcast live on Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan.


The Blue Jackets open their 19th regular season vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday, October 4.  Game time from Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. ET.


Single game tickets for all home games played at Nationwide Arena during the 2019-20 regular season, including the Friday, October 4 home opener against Toront are on sale now.  Full and partial season tickets for the Blue Jackets’ 2019-20 campaign are also currently available for purchase.  Information on all ticketing options can be obtained by calling (800) NHL‐COLS or by visiting




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