Valparaiso 10

(3-6, 2-4 Pioneer)

Drake 37

(6-2, 5-0 Pioneer)

2:00 PM ET, October 23, 2004

Drake Stadium (IA), Des Moines, IA

1 2 3 4 T
VALP 0 0 0 1010
DRAKE 17 13 7 037

Top Performers

Passing: C. Jostes (DRAKE) - 128 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: S. Phaydavong (DRAKE) - 13 CAR, 92 YDS

Receiving: D. Marx (DRAKE) - 3 REC, 31 YDS, 2 TD

Drake 37, Valparaiso 10

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Connor Jostes passed for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead Drake to its fifth straight victory, 37-10 over Valparaiso on Saturday.

Jason Jones scored on a 25-yard reverse and Michael Bialas added a 28-yard touchdown run for Drake (6-2, 3-0 Pioneer Football League). The Bulldogs built a 37-0 lead and kept Valparaiso (3-6, 0-3) scoreless until midway through the fourth quarter.

Eric Papp intercepted two passes to lead the Drake defense, one setting up a field goal and the other leading to a touchdown.

Drake is assured of its first winning season since 2000 and could clinch the PFL's North Division championship by winning at Dayton next Saturday. Valparaiso has lost four straight.

Jostes finished 12 of 16 for 128 yards, including touchdown passes of 6 and 2 yards to Daniel Marx. His 18-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter gave Drake a 23-0 lead and his second TD pass to Marx capped a seven-play, 90-yard drive that made it 30-0 just before halftime.

Valparaiso, held to 190 yards, averted a shutout when Joe Milazzo ran 5 yards for a touchdown with 8:20 left. Andrew McCawley added a 47-yard field goal 3 minutes later.