Nov. 5, 2005
Quarterback Kevin Hoyng passed for 179 yards and two touchdowns to lead visiting Dayton to a 41-7 victory over Butler at the Butler Bowl in the final Pioneer Football League North Division game for both teams on Saturday (Nov. 5). The win gave the Flyers a final season mark of 9-1 and a final league record of 3-1, while Butler slipped to 0-10 overall and 0-4 in league with one game remaining.
Hoyng gave Dayton the lead for good the first time he touched the ball! On the first play after Casey Klaus intercepted Butler's Ryan Diggins at the Dayton 28-yard line, Hoyng uncorked a 72-yard scoring pass to wide receiver Ryan Wrobleski. It was the longest pass of the season for the Dayton quarterback.
The Flyers picked up a pair of rushing touchdowns in the second quarter - the first on a one-yard run by fullback Matt Mong and the second on a nine-yard scamper by running back Greg Wimberly - and carried a 20-0 lead into halftime.
The margin stretch to 27-0 on Hoyng's four-yard touchdown pass to Matt Champa early in the third period, and that's where the score stood for the next 17 minutes.
Butler found the end zone midway through the final period, following a 70-yard, 11-play drive. Quarterback Ryan Diggins found wide receiver Nate Miller open over the middle and connected with him on a 25-yard scoring strike. It was the third straight game that Diggins, who was getting his first start of the season, has thrown a touchdown pass.
The Bulldogs then looked to make things interesting with an on-sides kick that was recovered by Butler's Ryan Schmidtz. But on the fourth place of the drive, Klaus came up with his second interception and returned it 71 yards for a touchdown.
Dayton closed the scoring late in the final period on a one-yard touchdown run by backup quarterback Robert Dence.
Hoyng added 22 rushing yards and finished the game with 201 total offense yards. That boosted him to 2,525 total offense yards on the season, breaking the previous Dayton single season mark of 2,460 yards set by Steve Keller in 1991.
Diggins finished with a career-high 199 passing yards with 17 completions in 28 attempts, but he was intercepted twice. Senior Phil Vorndran topped Butler's receivers with six catches for 94 yards, while junior Billy Nardini led Butler in rushing with 64 yards on 21 carries.
Sophomore Mike Marzotto and freshman D'Andre Dowdy both had a team-high nine tackles in the game, while sophomore Dale Murzyn finished with eight tackles. Murzyn had three tackles for loss, including two quarterback sacks, and he added a forced fumble and a fumble recovery!
The Bulldogs will close out the 2005 season at home on Saturday, Nov. 12, against non-league foe Missouri-Rolla.