College Football: Flyers drop season-ending heartbreaker to Valpo

The Dayton Flyers ended a disappointing season Saturday with a heartbreaking 8-7 defeat to Valparaiso in the rain and wind at Brown Field.

Adam Trautman caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Alex Jeske with 13:54 remaining for the game’s first score.

It stayed 7-0 until the final minutes when Valparaiso scored on a 1-yard run by Jarrett Morgan, who then threw a jump pass to Ryan Clarke for the game-winning two-point conversion.

Rain began at kickoff and led to a sloppy game with the teams combining for six fumbles.

UD, which had a three-game win streak snapped, finished 5-6 overall, 4-4 in the Pioneer Football League.

A fourth straight victory would have given the Flyers their 40th winning season in the last 41.

They instead finished with their first losing season since 2006 — and watched Valparaiso secure its first winning season since 2003.

Dayton had won 24 of 26 previous meetings with Valpo, losing only in 2000 and 2003. Valpo ended a 13-game losing streak to the Flyers, whose 37-21 win at Welcome Stadium last year had been the closest matchup in the series since 2003.

UD’s touchdown extended its streak of not being shut out to 465 straight games, the best such active string in all of college football. The last team to shut out the Flyers was Marshall, 9-0, on Oct. 16, 1976.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Sports

HS Scores 1/16: Murray sets Waynesville girls career scoring record

PREP RESULTS Flyin’ to the Hoop Jan. 12-15 at Trent Arena Friday’s Results Findlay Prep (NV) 50, Huntington Prep (WV) 48: Bol (FP) 18; McGriff (HP) 14. Spire Academy 80, Fairmont 70: Baker (SA) 22; Hendricks (F) 29. Saturday’s Results McEachern (Ga.) 87, Trotwood 77: Okoro (M) 25; Davis (T) 24. Pickerington North 51, Princeton 38...
HS Results 1/16: Miamisburg boys knock off Bellbrook

The Miamisburg boys basketball team improved to 9-3 as they won over Bellbrook, 54-52. The win is Miamisburg’s fifth in a row. Jason Hubbard shot for 21 points, while Duncan Hall added on 15. Donnie Crouch put up 12 points in the loss. Storm Painter and Jack Campbell each added on 10 for Bellbrook. Boys Basketball Butler 55, Tecumseh 32: Kort...
Celtics great Jo Jo White dead at 71
Celtics great Jo Jo White dead at 71

JoJo White, who played with the Celtics from 1969 to 1979 and was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015, passed away at the age of 71.  News of White's passing was first reported by the Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett, who received word from one of White's former teammates.  The news was confirmed by the Celtics shortly before the...
Analysis: No need to panic, but South Carolina collapse sounded some alarms for Kentucky basketball
Analysis: No need to panic, but South Carolina collapse sounded some alarms for Kentucky basketball

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Consider this the first of a two-part reaction to Kentucky basketball’s strange night at South Carolina on Tuesday. The second part will be much more optimistic, promise, but first we must sift through the wreckage of Gamecocks 76, Wildcats 68. It really takes some doing to turn the ...
Pac-12 referee, crew target of threats, harassment after Music City Bowl
Pac-12 referee, crew target of threats, harassment after Music City Bowl

A Pac-12 referee and his fellow officials have been the targets of threats and harassment in the aftermath of the Music City Bowl, according to a report from ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura. Pac-12 referee Chris Coyte ran a crew of officials in the postseason bowl game between Kentucky, a Southeastern Conference school...
More Stories