Kyle Sebetic had six solo tackles and this pass break up at Butler.
The University of Dayton had four different players score touchdowns Saturday, as the Flyers beat Butler 33-13 Saturday at the Butler Bowl in Indianapolis. Dayton is now 6-1 on the season, and UD remains tied with Jacksonville for first place in the Pioneer Football League with a 4-0 record.
After giving up a 65-yard drive and a field goal to fall behind 3-0, Dayton dominated the rest of the first half. UD scored 19 unanswered points and gained 237 yards while allowing just 53. Butler added another field goal in the third quarter, then the Flyers scored two more TD’s to lead 33-6 until the Bulldogs scored the game’s final points with 5:21 left in the game.
Jordan Boykin got UD’s scoring underway with his first career touchdown pass reception, an 11-yarder from Steve Valentino. Brian Mack scored from two yards out to make it 13-3 after one quarter, and a pair of Nick Glavin field goals gave Dayton a 19-3 halftime lead.
Valentino hit Anthony Papp with a four-yard scoring pass to in the third, and Dan Jacob bulled it in from the six-yard-line to account for the Dayton scoring.
Valentino was 18 of 28 for 208 yards and the two TD’s. He also led the Flyers on the ground with 74 yards on 12 carries. Justin Watkins was the game’s top receiver with six catches for 62 yards. Tyler Hujik added four receptions for 59 yards and Luke Bellman had four for 49.
James Vercammen was the top tackler on the day with 12 hits (8 solo), two sacks and a pass broken up. A.J. Kaltenbach added eight tackles (6 solo).
On special teams, Nate Miller averaged 40.2 yards on four punts with two inside the 20. Matt Riddle blocked a punt. Return specialist Gary Hunter was a factor without touching the ball. Hunter leads the PFL with a 29.8 yard average and Butler was so cognizant of him that their short kicks resulted in UD’s average starting field position after kickoffs was its own 47 yard line.
Butler’s defense came into the game leading the PFL in scoring defense, total defense and passing defense, but the Flyers tallied Bulldog opponent season highs against them with 33 points and 211 yards passing. UD missed the total offense high by seven yards.
Dayton outgained Butler by a single yard, 349-348, but 142 of Butler’s yards came after Dayton’s final TD that made it 33-6 with 8:39 in the fourth quarter.
The Flyers return home next Saturday to host Campbell at 1 p.m. ET. That game will be the first event in UD’s “Red & Blue Super Saturday.” Following the football game, UD’s volleyball team will play Charlotte next door in UD Arena at 4:30 p.m. ET. Then the UD women’s basketball team will play its annual Red & Blue Scrimmage at 7:00 p.m. ET at the Arena. The day will conclude when the Dayton men’s basketball team takes the court at approximately 8:00 p.m. ET in its Red & Blue Game.