SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2001
Dolphins Dropped By Dayton, 46-14
Nov 17, 2001
Pioneer Football League Championship
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) The University of Dayton football team defeated the Jacksonville Dolphins 46-14 Saturday afternoon in the inaugural Pioneer Football League Championship game at Welcome Stadium in Dayton, OH. The Flyers finish the season at 10-1. The Dolphins' record goes to 6-5. This marks the seventh time in nine years that the Flyers have won or shared the PFL championship.
The Flyers scored on their opening possession. QB Kelly Spiker capped off an 11-play, 70-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown run, giving the Flyers a 7-0 lead. On Dayton's second drive, Spiker connected with WR Ryan Jones for a 45-yard pass play to the Dolphin 17-yard line. Spiker finished the drive with a 10-yard touchdown run, for a 13-0 Dayton lead. RB Tony Hurps put the Flyers up 19-0 with a four yard TD plunge, his 15th touchdown of the season.
The Flyer defense came up big when Marcus Colvin intercepted a Scott Brickley pass in the second quarter. Dayton capitalized when Spiker hit WR Ben Winters 55 yards for a touchdown, giving UD a 26-0 lead.
"We had a great first half," Coach Mike Kelly said. "Kelly [Spiker] played extremely well. I honestly feel we couldn't have played better than that first half." Spiker finished the game, three of four passing for 113 y ards, and ran 9 times for 89 yards. He accounted for three touchdowns, one passing, and two running.
The Dolphins scored their touchdowns on pass plays. Cooper connected with WR Jon Turner for a 49-yard touchdown with 1:59 left in first half, and then from nine yards with 9:16 left in the fourth quarter. Turner finished with 6 catches for 111 yards and two scores, but Jacksonville played from behind all day.
"They just outplayed us, out-coached and out-manned us," Coach Steve Gilbert said. "It wasn''t anything we didn't do, it was everything they did."
The Dolphins came into the game ranked second in the conference in rushing averaging 191.5 yards per game. In the first half, the Flyer defense held Jacksonville to nine yards rushing, and allowed just 83 yards on the ground for the game. RB Brent Alexander led the conference in rushing averaging 104 yards per game, but was held to just 49 yards rushing for the day.
Dayton intercepted three passes to bring its season total to 31. FS Mark Kasmer intercepted his ninth pass of the season in the fourth quarter, and DB Tom Linley picked one off in the end zone as time expired.
RB Jermaine Bailey played in his final collegiate game and scored from 8 yards out with 4:07 left in the fourth quarter to finish the scoring. He ran 31 times for 109 yards.
Said Bailey: "We had a great season - practiced hard, and never took our eyes off the goal...PFL Champions."