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Dayton Uses Strong First Half To Defeat Valpo

Saturday, October 09, 2004

Valparaiso, Ind. - Marques Warner and Ryan Wrobleski rushed for two touchdowns each to lead Dayton past Valpo 38-7 on Homecoming. Rob Giancola scored the Crusaders' touchdown - a 16-yard pass from Ryan Doerffler - and needs five points to become the school's all-time leading scorer.

Dayton, the concensus #1-ranked team in all NCAA I-AA Mid-Major polls, led 31-0 at halftime. The Flyers (5-1, 1-0 PFL) turned two Valpo fumbles into 14 points and rushed for 218 yards and four touchdowns in the first 30 minutes.

Following a Valpo fumble on a punt return, Warner scampered into the end zone from four yards to give Dayton a 7-0 lead with 6:08 left in the first quarter. Just over two minutes later, Wrobleski took an end-around handoff and raced 32 yards to extend the Dayton lead to 14-0.

Jason Resch added a 45-yard field goal in the second quarter and Warner rushed for a 10-yard touchdown for a 24-0 lead.

After a second Crusader fumble, Wrobleski scored on another end-around - a 13-yarder - with 3:45 remaining before halftime.

Valpo (3-4, 0-1 PFL) mounted a six-play, 83-yard drive, to score the only points of the third quarter. After Matt Van Daele began the drive with a 15-yard run, Doerffler connected with Giancola for a 53-yard reception. Jeff Horton's 14-yard run pushed the Crusaders to the Dayton 16-yard line to set up Giancola's touchdown catch from Doerffler in the left side of the end zone.

Giancola now has 230 career points, trailing all-time leader Joe Pahr (234), who has held the all-time scoring record for 53 years (1949-51). Giancola had game-highs of four receptions for 93 yards.

The Flyers added a touchdown - a 2-yard run by Brandon Godsey with 3:08 left in the fourth quarter - for the final score.

Dayton finished with 333 yards on 65 carries, while Valpo rushed for 47 on 29 attempts. The Crusaders had 125 passing yards and limited Dayton to 31. Overall, Dayton amassed 364 total yards to 172 for Valpo.

Dayton's Steve Verhoff led all rushers with 111 yards on 24 carries, while Matt Marshall added 62 on seven attempts. Warner rushed for 47 on 10 carries. Horton topped Valpo with 38 rushing yards on 10 carries.

Doerffler completed nine of 23 passes for 125 yards with two interceptions. Dayton's Brandon Staley completed three of nine for 23 yards with one interception.

Defensively, Brad Smeja led Valpo with 11 tackles. Travis Davis made four tackles, including two for losses, and recovered a fumble. Elliott Powell made an interception.

Dayton was led by Chris Dearth with six tackles, including a sack, and two fumble recoveries.

Valpo travels to play at San Diego next Saturday (Oct. 16) at 3:30 p.m. CT (1:30 p.m. PT).




W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 6 4th/12 (311)
W Tennis Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 6 Milwaukee 7
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 6 Valpo 8
Baseball Wright State 4 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 6 Valpo 2
W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State