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Flyers safety Brandon Easterling named Pioneer Football League Player of the Week

Brandon Easterling

Junior Safety Ties UD Record With Three Interceptions, Ties NCAA Record With A 100-Yard TD Return

ST. LOUIS – University of Dayton junior safety Brandon Easterling was named the Pioneer Football League’s Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in UD’s 46-29 win at Drake on Saturday.


Easterling was the 11th Flyer to intercept three passes in a game, and the third to make a 100-yard interception return.  Any 100-yard return is big, but Easterling’s long distance haul changed everything about the game.


His first pick of the day set up a Sam Webster field goal that pulled Dayton to within 22-17 with 31 seconds remaining.  Drake quickly moved down the field and was looking to make it a two-score game on the last play of the half.  Instead, Easterling beat the Drake tight end to the ball just over the goal line and took it back all the way.  Suddenly, Dayton had a lead going into the locker room the Flyers would not trail again.


While Easterling’s second interception turned the game around, his third with 1:48 left in the game sealed the result.  It gave UD its first short field of the game, setting up a 19-yard touchdown drive that created the final 17-point margin.


He also led the Flyers in tackles for the eighth time in 10 games.  His 11 tackles (seven solo) were the most by anyone in the game.


The junior from Fairborn, Ohio is having a marvelous season.  He leads FCS football in total tackles per game (12.6) and solo tackles per game (7.2), is second fumbles (3) and sixth in interceptions (0.5).


Dayton is 7-3 on the season, and tied for second in the PFL with a 5-2 record.  The Flyers close out the 2019 season on Saturday at home against Butler.  That will be Senior Day for UD’s 33-man senior class.  At halftime one of them will be named the winner of the Lt. Andy Zulli Trophy, a character-driven award that is regarded as the most prestigious honor in the Flyer football program.  Game time is 1 p.m. ET.




Toppin leads Dayton Men’s Basketball in rout of Charleston Southern, 90-61

Dayton Men’s Basketball Surfs Past Charleston Southern In 90-61 Win
Obi Toppin Records Double-Double; 21 Points & 11 Rebounds
DAYTON – The University of Dayton men’s basketball team beat Charleston Southern on the Tom Blackburn Court in its the “Maui on the Mainland” game 90-61. For the Flyers, the game is the fourth game of the Maui Invitational exempt tournament. Additionally, this game was the second sellout for the Flyers in two games this season.
Dayton was led by Obi Toppin, who scored 21 points on 10-of-13 shooting and brought in 11 rebounds. Four other Flyers also scored in double digits with Rodney Chatman and Ryan Mikesell each contributing 14 points, Jalen Crutcher scoring 12 points and Trey Landers scoring 10.

Obi Toppin

1st Half: Dayton 46, Charleston Southern 33
• The Flyers jumped out of the gate strong, going on a 14-0 run in the first 4:00 of the game.
• Dayton closed the half with a 10-2 run to extend the lead to 46-33
• Two Flyers scored double-digits in the half. Toppin led the Flyers with 13 points and eight rebounds. Chatman scored 11 points with three rebounds and assists.
• Dayton out-scored Charleston Southern in the paint 32-16.
• The Flyers scored 16 fast break points in the half, while the defense held the Buccaneers so scoring on only a single fast break.
• Charleston Southern went five-for-nine from three in the half (55.6 percent) to keep the halftime score close.
• Dayton shot 62.5% from the field overall in the half, whereas Charleston Southern shot 36.1%.
2nd Half: Dayton 90, Charleston Southern 61
• A 13-2 run capped off by a Mikesell three gave the Flyers a 69-47 lead with just over 10 minutes left.
• Mikesell led the Flyers in the second half, scoring 10 points.
• Dayton continued to work in the paint, out-scoring Charleston Southern 22-12.
• The Buccaneers had 11 turnovers in the half, with Dayton scoring 22 points off of them.
• The Flyers shot 58.6% from the field in the half, and 100.0% from the free throw line.
• The Flyers bench contributed 16 of the 44 points in the second half.
• Dayton defense held the Buccaneers to 48.0% from the field during the second half.
• Toppin scored 21 points while adding 11 rebounds.
• All five starters reached double-figures on the night, combining for 30-for-47 (63.8 percent) on field goals.
• Dayton offense moved the ball throughout the game assisting on 27 of 37 made field goals.
• 10 different players scored for the Flyers, including walkons Christian Wilson ( his first career points on a three from the corner) and Camron Greer (with a pair of free throws).
• Dayton never trailed Charleston Southern throughout the game.
• Chatman had 14 points and eight assists while Crutcher added 12 points and seven assists.
• The Flyers had 10 team dunks including seven from Toppin. 

• The Flyers remain home to play at UD Arena against Omaha on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. ET
• Dayton will then head to Lahaina, Hawai’i to compete in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational
• UD will play Georgia in the opening round on Monday, Nov. 25.



Brandon Easterling leads Dayton to 49-26 win at Drake


Sat, Nov 16, 2019

Flyer Safety Gets Three Picks, Returns One 100 Yards


DES MOINES, Ia. – The University of Dayton Flyer football team moved into a tie for second place in the Pioneer Football League Saturday with a 46-29 win at Drake.


Dayton safety Brandon Easterling led the way with a record day.  Easterling was the 11th Dayton player to intercept three passes in a game.  On the last play of the first half, he took one of those picks back 100 yards to give the Flyers their first lead of the day and become the third Dayton player to bring one back as far as he can possibly can (statistically speaking).

Brandon Easterling


UD trailed 22-7 early in the second quarter, and then scored the next 39 points in the game.


The Flyers are now 7-3 overall and 5-2 in the Pioneer Football League.  Dayton is tied for second in the PFL with Drake and Davidson.



1st Quarter – Drake 14, Dayton 7

·        Drake jumped out for a 14-0 lead after gaining 140 yards on its first two possessions.

·        A Jake Chisholm nine-yard run got Dayton on the board after an eight-play, 69-yard drive.

2nd Quarter – Dayton 25, Drake 22

·        Drake answered with another 75-yard drive, with running back Drew Lauer scoring his second TD of the day.  The Bulldogs scored two on a fake PAT.

·        The Flyers answered with their own 75-yard TD drive, Jack Cook running it in from the four.

·        Brandon Easterling’s  first interception of the day set up a 31-yard field goal by Sam Webster with 31 seconds left in the half.

·        Drake moved the ball down the field and threatened to take its lead back to 10, but instead Easterling came up with the play that turned the game around.  He beat the Drake tight end to the ball and took it back 100 yards on the final play of the half.  A Jack Cook-to-Adam Trautman two-point pass gave Dayton a three-point lead going into the locker room.  UD would not trail again.

Third Quarter – Dayton 32, Drake 22

·        Dayton took the second-half kickoff and kept it, eating up nearly seven minutes of clock and driving 83 yards in 13 plays.  Cook scored on one-yard keeper.

·        Drake had the ball the remainder of the quarter but was unable to score.

Fourth Quarter – Dayton 46, Drake 29

·        The Flyer defense stopped the ‘Dog offense after it had a 1st-and-goal on the eight-yard line, including two plays from the one.

·        UD went as far as they could go, scoring again on an 11-play, 99-yard drive.  Chisholm scored his second TD of the day from 15 yards out.

·        Drake went 75 yards again to score with 6:13 left in the game.

·        The Flyers recovered the ensuing onside kick and moved the ball into Drake territory before turning it over on downs with 2:22 left.

·        Easterling’s third interception gave Dayton a short field, and four plays later Chisholm ended the scoring with a three-yard touchdown run.



·        Brandon Easterling is the 11th Dayton player to get three interceptions in a game.  The last was Christian Searles at Jacksonville in 2016.

·        Easterling is also the third Flyer to return an interception 100 yards.  The other two are Sean Gorius against Morehead State in 1997 and Mark Kasmer against Duquesne in 2001.

·        Easterling also had a game-high 11 tackles, including seven solo hits.

·        Sam Broom also had an interception.

·        Jake Chisholm had his fourth consecutive game of at least 100 yards, rushing 25 times for 142 yards and three touchdowns.

·        Jack Cook ran for two scores, gaining 72 yards on 17 attempts.

·        Cook was also 15 of 20 passing for 193 yards.

·        Adam Trautman caught eight passes for 104 yards.  He now has 65 receptions on the season, the most by a Flyer tight end.  He is just two catches away from Justin Millio’s Dayton single-season record of 67 set in 2008.

·        Neither team punted in the game.



·        UD will close out the regular season at home against Butler on Saturday, Nov. 23.

·        Dayton will celebrate Senior Day and at halftime, the Lt. Andy Zulli Memorial Award will be presented to a member of the senior class.  The Zulli award is a character-driven award that is considered the most prestigious honor in the Flyer football program.

·        Game time is 1 p.m. ET.




Daily Almanac for Tuesday, November 19, 2019


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Ohio State QB Justin Fields named Semifinalist for O’Brien Award


Justin Fields in action vs Miami RedHawks (courtesy 247 Sports)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields is one of 16 semifinalists for the Davey O’Brien Award, the Davey O’Brien Foundation and its National Selection Committee announced today.

The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award is presented annually to the best college quarterback, and is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. The Davey O’Brien Foundation and its National Selection Committee will release the names of the three finalists on Monday, Nov. 25. The 2019 Davey O’Brien winner will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards Thursday, Dec. 12.

Fields, a first-year starter, has accounted for 37 touchdowns through nine games, which is second most in the country behind only Jalen Hurts of Oklahoma. He’s had at least one rushing touchdown and passing touchdown in eight of nine games for the Buckeyes, who are 9-0 and ranked No. 2 in this week’s College Football Playoff poll.

Fields’ 183.53 efficiency rating ranks fifth in the nation as he’s thrown 27 touchdown passes against just one interception. His completion percentage (68.2 percent) is No. 14 nationally.

With Fields leading the way, Ohio State’s offense is averaging 535.9 yards per game – fifth best in the country – and is averaging 51.0 points per game, which ranks first. The Buckeyes have scored 40 or more points in seven of nine games.




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