It’s the longest running series on the Dayton football schedule. The Flyers face Robert Morris for the 19th time Saturday at Welcome Stadium.
With 13 wins in a row over the Colonials, it’s a series that Dayton has dominated, but Flyers coach Rick Chamberlin insists it is usually not as easy as it sounds.
“This game is not going to be decided until the fourth quarter,” he said. “That’s just the way the history of this game goes. Last year was a great example, we don’t win until the last two minutes of the game.”
The visiting Colonials were hoping for a little hometown advantage at quarterback Saturday. Troy native Matt Barr missed last week’s season opener with an arm injury. The sophomore is listed as a back-up on the depth chart, but will not play, Robert Morris coach John Banaszak confirmed Friday.
Barr made the first start of his college career in last year’s season opener against the Flyers. He threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score, but Dayton scored 10 points in the final seven minutes to spoil the party in Pittsburgh.
With Barr sidelined last week, Robert Morris dropped a 14-7 decision at home to Alderson Broaddus.
The Flyers are coming off a 31-19 win over Central State in last week’s opener. Alex Jeske threw for a career-high 256 yards and two scores and ran for another.
Most coaches subscribe to the theory that a team’s biggest improvement comes from Week 1 to Week 2 and Chamberlin certainly buys in to that theory.
“Now they’ve had an opportunity to go at game speed,” he said. “No matter how hard you try to simulate things in practice it’s not the same. After last week the players know what they did right, and what they need to work on.”
The Flyers intercepted three passes last week. Sophomore safety David Leisring had two of those picks along with a team-high seven tackles.
Senior Jack Euritt caught five passes for 93 yards and a touchdown.
“I think we did what we needed to do,” Euritt said. “We’re going to have to up that effort this week. Offensively we’re still looking for that perfect game.”