Football Travels to Davidson for Season Finale

first_imgStory Links PreviewDrake (5-5, 5-2 PFL) and Davidson (8-3, 5-2 PFL) are playing each other for the first time since 2017 when Drake won 17-12 at Drake Stadium. The teams, which are tied for second with Dayton in the Pioneer Football League standings, have played just nine times since the Wildcats joined the PFL for the 2001 season. Saturday’s game is the fifth time the two teams have played in Davidson, N.C. Drake holds an 8-1 advantage in the series. A win by Davidson and second-place finish in PFL play would be their best finish since the PFL went to single division play in 2007 when it finished third. Drake is seeking its third consecutive second-place finish and looking to avoid its first losing season since 2015 when it went 5-6. Drake quickly answered on its next drive as Lauer’s nine-yard rushing touchdown ended a 7-play 75-yard drive that took just 3:10 off the clock. Holder Alex Bray saved a broken play on the extra point try as he scampered in for two points to extend lead to 22-7. Dayton extended its lead on its first drive after halftime going 83 yards on 13 plays using almost seven minutes of the game clock. Cook’s one-yard bootleg touchdown was the final play of the scoring drive. The Flyers later added another touchdown midway through fourth quarter to lead 39-22. LIve Audio Jack Cook cut Drake’s lead with a four-yard touchdown run from under center that capped an 8-play 75-yard drive. Dayton wasn’t done as it tacked on three points after Corwin’s first interception. Drake looked like it would answer getting all the way down Dayton’s 14-yard line after Corwin hit Feller for another big gain. But after a timeout, Corwin’s pass was intercepted by Brandon Easterling, his second of the game, at the goal line and he returned it 100 yards for a game-changing score. The Flyers converted the two-point try to lead 25-22 at halftime. Drake wasted little time getting on the scoreboard as it scored on the opening drive after a Dayton touchback. Corwin hit Feller for a 51-yard apparent touchdown on the second play of the game. However, the score was called back by a Bulldogs’ illegal block in the back penalty. It didn’t matter though as Drake still marched down the field 75 yards in six plays as Corwin connected with Cates on the final play. Lauer rushed for another 100-plus yards on the ground with 106 yards on 21 carries. Lauer, who also accomplished the feat last week in the win over Jacksonville, scored two touchdowns and has surpassed the century mark in a game six times now this season. Senior wide receiver Shane Feller recorded his second career 100-plus performance in receiving yards with a career-best 120 yards on four catches with one touchdown. Fifth-year senior tight end Devin Cates caught seven balls for 70 yards, including an eight-yard touchdown reception, his team-high eighth this year. Senior wide receiver Mitch McFarlane added 55 receiving yards on three catches. Drake  held a 22-7 lead late in the second quarter but Dayton scored 10 points before halftime and added another 22 straight-points after the break that helped grab control the game. Live Stats Corwin finished with a career-best 306 yards in the air but threw four interceptions. Chisolm rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns while Cook finished with 74 and two touchdowns. Adam Trautman had 104 yards on eight catches.center_img Live Video Prior to the game, Drake honored its 2019 senior class of 15 student-athletes and one equipment manager, before their final appearance at Drake Stadium. Print Friendly Version RewindDayton rallied for a 46-29 PFL victory over Drake Nov. 16 at Drake Stadium in the Bulldogs’ home finale. Dayton, which missed a 50-plus field goal try on its first drive, scored a touchdown with just three seconds left in the opening quarter. The Flyers covered 69 yards on eight plays that was capped by Jake Chisolm’s 9-yard touchdown run. Drake Game Notes DAVIDSON, N.C. – The Drake University football team travels to Davidson College Saturday for its season finale at 12 p.m. CDT. Fans can watch via Davidson All-Access or listen to Chuck Reed and Cole Neary call the action on 1350 ESPN Des Moines and also available via TuneIn. Davidson Game Notes Drake stopped the Dayton scoring run when Corwin hit Feller from 22 yards out for a touchdown with 6:13 left in the game. The drive went 75 yards on seven plays in just 1:45. The Bulldogs’ following onside attempt didn’t work as a penalty was called for illegal block as the Flyers took over with good field position at Drake’s 36-yard line. Drake’s defense held and forced a turnover on downs but Corwin was intercepted on the drive. The Flyers added one last touchdown with 1:22 left on the game clock. Davidson is ranked third among PFL teams in scoring offense (35.7 ppg) and scoring defense (22.7 ppg) while Drake is ranked fourth in scoring offense (31.1 ppg) and second in scoring defense (22.3 ppg). The game will also feature two of the league’s top running backs. Drake’s Drew Lauer sits right at 1,000 yards rushing to go with 11 touchdowns. Davidson’s Wesley Dugger set the PFL career touchdown mark last week with his 43rd and 44th career touchdowns, making him the FCS’ active career leader along with Duquesne’s A.J. Hines. The Bulldogs added to their lead 14-0 on their very next offensive possession. Lauer’s 13-yard touchdown run capped an impressive 11-play, 65-yard drive that took almost five minutes.last_img

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