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Posts Tagged ‘Marist.’

Dayton Flyers hold off upset-minded Central State

 

Taylor Harris (courtesy of Dayton athletics)

University of Dayton senior running back Taylor Harris scored two second half touchdowns and ran for 101 yards to lead the Flyers to a 17-7 win at Central State in the Xenia, Ohio suburb of Wilberforce.

Dayton trailed 7-3 at the half.

Harris’ two-yard run with 9:33 to play in the third quarter gave Dayton a 10-7 lead, then his 17-yard run with 1:35 to play in the game clinched the game for Dayton.

After a scoreless first quarter, CSU executed a perfect out-and-up pass route, quarterback Jeffery Brooks connecting with wide receiver Steve Heard down the sideline for a 49-yard TD pass to take a 7-0 lead. Dayton got on the board two possessions later when Nate Miller hit a 28-yard field goal.

The Dayton offense responded with its longest drive of the day, going 80 yards (70 of it on the ground) in 15 plays to set up Harris’ second TD of the day.

For the second straight game Dayton pounded it on the ground in the second half to earn the win. The previous week in the win over the Marist, UD ran for 80 of its 125 rushing yards in the second half. Against the Marauders, 133 of its 177 yards on the ground came after halftime.

Dayton is now 3-1 on the season.

Info courtesy of Dayton athletics

UD’s Wirkus named Pioneer Football League Defensive Player of the Week

 

Steve Wirkus with his second half interception against Marist (courtesy of UD athletics)

Dayton Flyers redshirt senior safety Steve Wirkus is having a good season after three games and he was rewarded for it by the Pioneer Football League. Especially for his performance this past weekend.

Wirkus has been named the PFL Defensive Player of the Week for his role in Dayton’s 24-10 league opening win over Marist on Saturday.

Wirkus intercepted two passes, batted down two more and was in on six tackles (four solo). His big plays came at critical times in the game. His first pass deflection on a third down in the second quarter forced Marist to settle for a field goal which opened the scoring in the game. His second interception was on the Red Foxes’ first offensive play of the second half, setting up Dayton’s third touchdown that made it a two-score game. And he knocked down a pass on 4th-and -4 at the Dayton 18-yard-line, ending Marist’s final scoring threat of the game late in the third quarter.

The Flyers edged Marist in last season’s finale to win their 11th PFL title in the 18 years since the league began.

Wirkus, a Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School graduate, has had an interception in every game and leads FCS football in picks per game (4). The first-year starter also leads Dayton in tackles (23), solo hits (14) and passes batted away (3, tied with Howard Savage).

This Saturday, Wirkus will lead the Flyers on a short trip to Wilberforce, Ohio to play the Central State Marauders. Game time at McPherson Stadium is 1:30 p.m. ET.

Info courtesy of  Dayton athletics

Dayton Football ranked in both polls for first time since 1997

Dayton Flyers celebrating (courtesy of UD athletics)

The Dayton Flyers have had a superb 2010 season, a nine-game winning streak and a perfect 8-0 record in the Pioneer Football League. Now the accolades are pouring in with the football team being ranked in the latest polls of both the FCS Coaches and Sports Network/Fathead.com polls. The flyers entered the FCS coaches Poll at 25 and the Sports Network/Fathead.com poll at number 24.

This is the third time that the flyers have been nationally ranked with the two previous occurrences coming in 1996 and 1997. The Sports Network poll rated Dayton as the number 24 team at the conclusion of the 1996 season and number 23 after the 1997 season.

This is the first time UD has been ranked in the FCS Coaches Poll.

The Flyers had been receiving votes for both polls throughout the 2010 season, but finally broke through after clinching a share of the PFL title with a 41-34 double overtime win at Marist. The Flyers tied with Jacksonville, who is also nationally ranked, for the league title. This is the first time in Pioneer Football League history two teams have been ranked among the top 25 in both polls.

Dayton finished the season at 10-1 overall. It was UD’s 11th PFL title in the 18-year history of the league, and the 14th time in school history Dayton won at least 10 games.

Info courtesy of Dayton athletics

James Vercammen named PFL co-defensive player of the week; only player to be named twice this season

James Vercammen (UD photo)

Dayton Flyers senior James Vercammen has been named Pioneer Football League Co-Defensive Player of the Week after UD’s 41-23 victory over Campbell on Saturday.

Vercammen, who plays the hybrid linebacker/safety position known as “Flyer” for Dayton, shared the honor with Jacksonville defensive back Jordan Dewhirst. Dewhirst returned an interception 100 yards in the Dolphins win over Marist.

Vercammen led the Flyers defensive effort on Saturday with a season-high 17 tackle (eight solo), two critical forced fumbles in the fourth quarter, 1.5 tackles in the backfield and a sack. Both of his fumbles forced led to a Dayton touchdowns.

The redshirt senior from Bloomfield, Michigan and Groves High School leads the Flyers in total tackles (74), solo stops (40), tackles in the backfield (12) and fumbles forced (3).

He is second in sacks (5). In the Pioneer Football League, he is fourth in total tackles and is tied for the conference lead in forced fumbles (3).

Dayton is 10th in FCS football in rushing yardage allowed (93.4 yards per game) and leads the PFL in scoring defense (20.0)

Info courtesy of Dayton athletics

Field for 2010 NIT Season Tip-Off is set

 

Villanova, Tennessee, UCLA and Wake Forest will be the regional hosts for the 2010 NIT Season Tip-Off tournament.

The first-round pairings for the 16-team tournament were announced earlier this week.

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The first-and-second round games will be played November 15-17 with the winners advancing to Madison Square Garden for the semifinals on November 24. The championship game will be played November 26.

Consolation games will be played November 22-23 at sites to be determined later.

The East Regional has Hampton at Wake Forest and Virginia Commonwealth against Winthrop. UCLA will host Pepperdine in the West Regional and Nevada plays Pacific.

The North Regional will have Villanova hosting Marist and George Washington against Boston University. The South Regional has Belmont at Tennessee while Missouri State faces Arkansas State.

Duke University beat Connecticut to win last year’s Tip-Off Classic.

compiled from staff, wire and NIT news

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