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Posted: Saturday, November 2, 2019 6:39 pm | Updated: 6:43 pm, Sat Nov 2, 2019.

 In a contest that featured 1,037 total offensive yards combined by Morehead State and Dayton, the Eagle football team came up on the short end of a 49-35 contest to the Flyers at Jayne Stadium.

A 28-point first quarter by the Flyers was just too much to overcome by the Eagles, who fell to 4-5 overall and 2-3 in the PFL. The Eagles finished with 509 yards of offense, the third game this season over the 500-yard plateau. But, a 268-yard rushing effort by the Flyers' Jake Chisolm catapulted his team to the road win.

Morehead State will look to even its PFL mark next Saturday at Valparaiso as the Crusaders will enter at just 1-8.

HOW THE SCORING TRANSPIRED

-Dayton went on top 14-0 on the strength of two 40+ yard scores in the first six minutes.

-MSU got on the board to mae it 14-7 at the 7:53 mark of the first quarter when sophomore quarterback Mark Pappas connected on a 47-yard scoring strike to junior receiver Jordan Huffman.

-Ryan Skibinski scored his second TD of the day with 3:35 left in the opening quarter for a 21-7 Dayton lead.

-Jack Cook hooked up with Skibinski for a 20-yard passing TD with just five seconds remaining in the quarter.

-Slot receiver Landon Hurst hauled in the first of his two two touchdowns on an 11-yard crossing route from Pappas to make it a 28-14 Dayton lead with 12:19 left before halftime.

-Cook rushed in from 11 yards out at the 6:46 mark of the second quarter.

-The Eagles pulled to within 35-21 with 7:41 left in in the third period when junior running back Issiah Aguero crashed in from a yard away.

-Chisolm scored on a 13-yard jaunt for a 42-21 Dayton cushion with 3:44 left in the third stanza.

-Hurst was all along down the home sideline with 2:05 left in the quarter, and Pappas had his third passing score of the day.

-Chisolm scored again on a 10-yard run to make it 49-28 Dayton with 14:53 left in the game.

-Aguero capped off the wild scoring day on an eight-yard run with 11:35 left.

KEY STATS

-Pappas finished 23-of-42 for a career-high 354 yards and three touchdowns.

-Aguero rushed for a team-high 86 yards on 14 carries.

-Dayton piled up 404 rushing yards on 52 carries as Cook also had 88 on top of Chisolm's 268.

-Hurst led the Eagles in receiving for the third straight game, recording 93 yards on five catches, while sophomore slot man Ian Holder had a team-best seven catches for 78 yards.

-Junior kicker Andrew Foster was true on all five PAT attempts, upping his school record to 36 consecutive extra point kicks made since last season.

-Vincent Winey collected his first career interception and returned it 29 yards. The Eagles still rank in the top 10 nationally in takeaways.

-Junior defensive end Vaughn Taylor, Jr., had two more tackles for loss, upping his PFL best total to 14.5 this year. He also recovered a fumble.

QUOTING COACH TENYER

"The effort was there again today, but this is an important time for our program and we can't be satisfied with moral victories. We have to find a way to win games like today."

"I thought we rushed the ball pretty well today and obviously passed it well. The defense didn't have that great of a game so we had to play catch up most of the day. I thought if we could have taken advantage more of our turnovers we might have been in this game a lot more."

"I think we just have to find a way to eliminate the big play against us. That was kind of our Achilles heel today."