DAYTON, Ohio - University of Dayton running back Connor Kacsor ran to daylight until Mother Nature brought storm clouds in Dayton's 40-8 win over Davidson Saturday at Welcome Stadium. Kacsor ran 26 times for 244 yards and two touchdowns on the day. His 244 yards were just seven yards short of Jermaine Bailey's school record of 251 yards (set against Drake in 2000).
But just as Kacsor's day was done and the second unit was coming into the game, a storm front with lightning moved into the area, first sending the teams to the locker room and eventually ending the game with 7:46 left in the fourth quarter.
Kacsor carried the ball a career-high 26 times in the game, averaging 9.4 yards a carry. He gained 59 yards in the first quarter, and another 51 to give him 110 by halftime. Exploded for 94 in the third and then added 40 during Dayton's only possession of the fourth quarter. The 94 yards coming out of halftime were more than any Dayton runner had gained in a game this season.
For the game Dayton averaged 8.2 yards per carry. Kacsor and quarterback Will Bardo combined for 34 carries and 303 yards (8.9 average) themselves. Bardo ran the ball eight times for 69 net yards and a score. He also threw a TD pass, and was 12 of 17 for 103 yards with an interception. Gabe Macis caught five passes for 46 yards to lead UD.
The Dayton defense held Davidson to 46 yards in the first half and 191 yards and a 2.8 yard per play average in the game. Seven Flyer defenders had at least five tackles, including linebacker Chris Beaschler, who had five hits and returned an interception 42 yards for a touchdown. Ryan Schwenke led UD from his Flyer position with seven tackles, including 2.5 in the backfield.
Dayton received the opening kickoff and drove 62 yards in nine plays to dent the scoreboard first, and then took advantage of a Davidson punting miscue to take a short field drive of 31 yards to take a 14-0 lead halfway through the first quarter. William Will nailed a field goal as time expired in the first half to give UD a 17-0 halftime lead.
The Flyers increased that to 27-0 with 10 more points early in the third quarter before Davidson got on the board with a nine-play, 75 yard TD drive and a two-point conversion to make it 27-8 with 4:25 left in the third period.
Dayton closed out the scoring with Kacsor's second scoring run early in the fourth quarter and Beaschler's "pick-six" three plays later. After Dayton forced a punt, storms with lightning moved into the area, forcing the teams to clear the field at 3:24 p.m. ET for at least 30 minutes. When further lightning was detected, game officials consulted with both teams before declaring it over at 3:42 p.m. ET.
UD improves to 3-2 on the season and 1-1 in the Pioneer Football League, while Davidson falls to 0-5 and 0-2.
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