“In the first half we were in the wrong gaps, missed tackles and our contenders played too far off the ball,” Dayton coach Rick Chamberlin said. “We made the adjustments at halftime and played much better.”
Trailing by 18, the Flyers rallied. Cook scored on a quarterback sneak and when Tucker Yinger ran one in from 33 yards out, UD trailed by five with 9:28 to go.
But it was not to be. On third and goal from the 6, Yinger was pulled down for a loss because of a missed block, setting up the fourth and goal desperation pass attempt to Troutmann.
“We can’t have an extra point blocked, miss a field goal, fumble and have a key missed block,” Chamberlin said.
Yinger totaled 122 yards on the ground, his third straight 100-yard game.
Daniel Parr threw for 333 yards and three touchdowns, Nehari Crawford had 11 catches for 223 yards and two scores for Duquense (2-1).
Dayton (1-2) begins PFL play against Davidson (3-0) Saturday at Welcome Stadium.
The Associated Press contributed.