Dayton picks off 4 passes to hold off Bulldogs 20-10
DES MOINES — Alex Jeske had two touchdowns while the Dayton defense hauled in four interceptions, forced a fumble and blocked a field goal to help the Flyers to a 20-10 win over Drake on Saturday.
Tied 3-3 at the half, Dayton (2-4, 1-2 Pioneer Football League) broke away with the opening drive of the third quarter when Jeske ran in the go-ahead touchdown from the 7, capping a 75-yard drive that included a 42-yard catch by Matt Tunnacliffe. Later, Nick Surges intercepted a pass by Drake’s Grant Kraemer, setting up Jeske’s 29-yard touchdown throw to Ryan Skibinski to make it 17-3 with 1:43 left in the third.
Allen Waltz, who had a 25-yard field goal in the first, closed out the scoring with another short field goal with 5:10 to go. Drake’s final three possessions ended with a turnover-on-downs and two interceptions.
Jeske finished 12 of 22 for 197 yards and Tucker Yinger had 101 yards with 24 carries. Tim Simon had two interceptions for Dayton, and Andrew Lutgens and Surges each finished with one.
Drake (3-3, 2-1) got a field goal from Danny Donley in the first but his 21-yard attempt in the second quarter was blocked by Reagan Malas.
Kraemer finished 12 of 40 for 188 yards for Drake and ran in a TD from the 1.