Drake 20

(10-2, 6-0 Pioneer)

Morehead State 17

(6-6, 4-3 Pioneer)

1:00 PM ET, November 20, 2004

Jayne Stadium, Morehead, KY

1 2 3 4 T
DRAKE 14 3 3 020
MORE 3 0 0 1417

Top Performers

Passing: T. Cvitkovic (MORE) - 340 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: S. Phaydavong (DRAKE) - 22 CAR, 178 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: R. Cornelius (MORE) - 8 REC, 112 YDS

Drake 20, Morehead State 17

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) -- Freshman Scott Phaydavong rushed for 178 yards and scored a touchdown as Drake beat Morehead State 20-17 to win the Pioneer Football League championship Saturday.

Phaydavong had an 82-yard touchdown run to put the Bulldogs (10-2) ahead 7-0 with 8:20 left in the first quarter. His rushing total was a record for the Pioneer League championship game.

A field goal by Tyler McGlade late in the third quarter extended Drake's lead to 20-3.

Drake would need all of those points against Morehead (6-6). Eagles quarterback Tyler Cvitkovic threw a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns. He connected on a 9-yard pass to Jabarbi McGee with 4:10 left and a 14-yard pass to Tyler Slone with 28 seconds left. After the scoring pass to Slone, Dana Calhoun caught the 2-point conversion to get Morehead State to make it 20-17.

But Drake recovered an onside kick and ran off the clock to seal the win.

The Bulldogs had 222 rushing yards and 157 yards passing while the Eagles had a season-high 340 passing yards but managed just 71 yards on the ground.

Cvitkovic finished 26 of 45 for 340 yards and two scores and one interception.

Phaydavong has rushed for 1,539 yards this season and leads all freshman running backs at the NCAA 1-AA level.

It was Morehead State's third straight loss in the Pioneer League championship game.