Dayton 31

(9-1, 2-1 Pioneer)

Drake 15

(4-6, 1-3 Pioneer)

2:00 PM ET, November 1, 2003

Drake Stadium (IA), Des Moines, IA

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DAY 14 3 7 731
DRAKE 3 10 0 215

Dayton 31, Drake 15

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 run.

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.