Chisholm leads Flyers past Morehead State

Dayton’s Rick Chamberlin talks to reporters on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, at the Frericks Center. David Jablonski/Staff
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Dayton’s Rick Chamberlin talks to reporters on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, at the Frericks Center. David Jablonski/Staff

Jake Chisholm returned to Kentucky and rushed for 268 yards on 35 carries to lead the Dayton Flyers to a 49-35 win at Morehead State.

The Union, Ky. native carried the load behind an offensive line that was dominant.

“It was so easy to read the holes this week,” said Chisholm.

Dayton coach Rick Chamberlin also thought the line had its best game.

“They handled everything thrown at them. Blitzes, different reads. And Jake made great cuts. He has great vision. Plus he runs low to the ground. It’s hard to get a clean shot on him.”

Dayton needed the big day from Chisholm and the offense to win this shootout.

The Flyers scored early on a 45-yard touchdown run by Jack Cook who then threw a 41-yard TD pass to Ryan Skibinski.

Morehead cut the Dayton lead in half, taking advantage of a blown coverage, quarterback Mark Pappas throwing a 47-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Huffman.

Dayton responded with two more Skibinski touchdowns, one on a 10-yard run and another on a 20-yard pass from Cook.

The two teams exchanged touchdowns in the second quarter and a Dayton led 35-14 at halftime.

In the third quarter Morehead got back in the game. Vincent Winey intercepted Jack Cook and returned the ball to the Flyers 37. Seven plays later the Eagles fpuns the end zone to again cut the Dayton lead to 14.

The Flyers answered with their own scoring drive, capped by a 13-yard Chisholm run. Another secondary breakdown by Dayton gave Morehead life again. The Flyers led 42-28 at the end of the third quarter, and then Chisholm scored his second touchdown of the day from 10 yards out on the first play of the fourth quarter.

Again Morehead put together a scoring drive, and after forcing Dayton to punt with 6:35 to go, moved the ball to the Flyers 3. However, the Eagles were flagged for a hold and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty to move the ball back to the 28 yard line. Christian Kelly broke up a fourth down pass in the end zone to seal the win.

“It was a positive way to end the game” said Chamberlin. “We are still making too many mistakes on defense, but today guys stepped up and made plays.

Dayton, 5-3, 3-2 in the PFL hosts Marist on Saturday.

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