UD then took a 17-14 lead on a pass from Jack Cook to Matt Tunnacliffe in the third quarter.
“I never felt like we had the momentum, even when we got to the lead, “ said Chamberlin.
Any chance of gaining momentum was wiped out when Mekhai Johnson returned the ensuing kickoff to the Dayton 45-yard line. Three plays later, Red Foxes quarterback Jacob Hallensack gave the lead back to Marist with a 56-yard scoring pass.
When Marist’s Brandon Miller intercepted Cook in the end zone with 1:57 to go, the Flyers’ fate was sealed.
“I told the team afterwards, we got beat” Chamberlin said. “They beat us with big plays, with physical play.”
Dayton’s Tucker Yinger rushed for 80 yards to move into second place on the career rushing list at Dayton, trailing only former teammate Connor Kacsor.
The Flyers, 2-3 and 1-1 in the Pioneer Football League, host Valparaiso on Saturday.
Valparaiso at Dayton, 1 p.m., AM 1290 and News 95.7 WHIO