DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Casey Klaus returned an interception 51
yards for a touchdown and Dayton scored after two other turnovers
in beating Drake 31-15 Saturday.
Dayton (9-1, 2-1 Pioneer Football League) forced four turnovers
in all to frustrate the Bulldogs (4-6, 1-3), who had 397 yards of
offense to 271 for the Flyers.
Drake finished the game without quarterback Connor Jostes, who
broke his left collarbone in the fourth quarter after completing 19
of 33 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown.
Jostes' 24-yard TD pass to Tyler Putnam with one second left in
the first half cut Dayton's lead to 17-13. But Dayton secured the
victory with quarterback Brandon Staley's 8-yard touchdown run in
the third quarter and Klaus' interception return, which came with
11 seconds left.
Staley scored three plays after Jostes fumbled at his own 48 and
Brian Heizman recovered for Dayton.
Dayton scored on its first two possessions to take a 14-0 lead.
Chris Cowan intercepted Jostes and returned the ball 13 yards to
the Drake 21. Four plays later, Cliff Sachini scored on a 3-yard
Dayton zipped 62 yards in four plays for a touchdown the next
time it had the ball. Staley had an 18-yard completion and a
25-yard run to set up Geno Mattioda's 1-yard scoring plunge.
Ryan Horvath kicked first-half field goals of 34 and 32 yards
for Drake before Jason Resch kicked a 31-yarder to stretch Dayton's
lead to 17-6.