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Posts Tagged ‘Stagg Bowl.’

Dayton uses Gruden’s pep talk to dominate arch-rival Xavier

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(Dayton’s Kevin Dillard talks about win over Xavier)


Most people who follow sports do not realize that Jon Gruden, the Super Bowl-winning coach is a graduate of the University of Dayton.

Gruden, who most people say looks like the movie doll “Chuckie”, was quarterback for the Dayton Flyers football team in the 1980′s and led the team to a couple of Stagg Bowls.

He is a proud alumnus and watches the Flyers basketball team on ESPN when he can.

He was instrumental in Dayton’s 87-72 win over the Xavier Musketeers on Saturday afternoon at UD Arena.

Gruden, wearing his old Dayton football lettermen’s jacket, was asked by basketball head coach Archie Miller to talk to the players at an 8 a.m. film session and give them a pep talk. He told the players to “go out, play hard and share the ball.” The players listened and were grateful that Gruden came back to talk to the team.

Before a sellout crowd of 13, 435, the Flyers did everything Gruden told them as they blasted the Musketeers.

(courtesy of Dayton athletics)

Junior Matt Kavanaugh scored 20 points while hauling down 9 rebounds, and junior point guard Kevin Dillard, who was selected the Blackburn/McCafferty Trophy, which goes to the game’s MVP, had 16 points and nine assists as the Dayton took control of first place in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

Overall, UD is 14-5, 4-1 while Xavier falls to 13-6, 4-2. The other A-10 top teams have at least two losses.

The Flyers worked the ball around the perimeter in the half-court offense and were able to score at will from 3-point land, getting second and third chances on the offensive rebounds and just basically outhustled the more-publicized Musketeers.

Dayton built up an 18-point lead in the 2nd half, and Xavier could not get it under 11 the rest of the game.

The Flyers frustrated Xavier stars Tu Holloway and Mark Lyons all game and it showed. They missed open shots and layups and could not score at will in previous matchups. Holloway scored 21 and Lyons 20, but most of those points came after the game had long been decided. They were the only Musketeers in double figures scoring.

Kevin Dillard (courtesy of Dayton athletics)

On the other hand, the Flyers had four players in double figures to support Kavanaugh and Dillard. Josh Parker added 16 and Paul Williams scored 13. Dayton also dominated the paint eventhough Xavier has 7-footer Kenny Frease, scoring 28 points and the bench play went to the Flyers, who are deeper, 27-16.

It was obvious that Xavier head coach Chris Mack was upset with his team’s intensity from the game’s outset. The Muskies did not come out at halftime until there was only 2:49 left on the clock.

The next matchup will come in February on the 18th at the Cintas Center where Dayton has never won and has had some nightmarish games. Maybe this might be the year to sweep Xavier.

 

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Just like clockwork, Mount Union back in NCAA title game

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Matt Piloto QB (courtesy of Mount Union athletics)

Tyler Almeida PK (courtesy of Mount Union athletics)

Mount Union is deep at all positions and can cover injuries to key players. They have backup players who could and would be starters at other programs.

Case in point, last Saturday when starting quarterback Neal Seaman left the game after one series. He limped off the field after he suffered a leg injury while making a touchdown-saving tackle at his own 3-yard line after throwing an interception.

Entering on the stage was backup quarterback Matt Piloto passed for 335 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Purple Raiders past Bethel University of Minnesota 34-14 and into it’s 14th Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, the NCAA Division III championship game in Salem, Virginia.

Mount Union will be seeking its 11th national championship and its first since 2008.

The 14-0 Purple Raiders will play Wisconsin-Whitewater in the Stagg Bowl, seeking to avenge a 38-28 loss a year ago. This will be their sixth straight appearance in the title game.

Piloto threw four touchdown passes of 25, 80,25 and 7 yards.

Kicker Tyler Almeida kicked field goals of 24 and 23 yards.

compiled from staff, OAC & Mount Union athletics news

Mount Union hosting St. Lawrence in NCAA III Playoff first round

(courtesy of Mt. Union University via Wikipedia Commons)

Larry Kehres Mt. Union coach (Dan Poel OhioCollegeFootball.com photo)

Number 2 ranked Mount Union embarks on another championship run this Saturday.

The Purple Raiders from Alliance, Ohio will host St. Lawrence of New York in the first round of the 2010 NCAA III Football Playoffs at noon in Mount Union Stadium.

Mount Union earned an automatic bid into the 32-team tournament by winning its 19th straight Ohio Athletic Conference title. The Purple Raiders just completed their fifth straight undefeated regular season and have won 53 consecutive regular season games.

The Purple Raiderss are making their 22nd playoff appearance and holds a 65-11 record in the NCAA Playoffs and have won a record 10 National Championships.

St. Lawrence is located in Canton, New York and is making their fourth appearance in the playoffs and first since 1982 and have a 2-3 all-time record in the playoffs. The Saints are 5-5 overall and in the tournament after winning the championship of the Liberty League.

The five-week playoff culminates in the Stagg Bowl championship game on December 18 at 3:30 p.m. in Salem, Virginia. Mount Union has played in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl 13 times and each of the last five years.

compiled from staff, OhioFootball.com, Mt. Union & Ohio Athletic Conference news