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PFL Recap: Oct. 7

Saturday, October 7, 2023
by Cody Bush, PFL Media Relations

PFL Scoreboard: Oct. 7

Morehead State 31, Dayton 7
Stetson 28, Presbyterian 24
St. Thomas 17, Butler 10
Drake 20, Valparaiso 14
Columbia 16, Marist 0

PFL Recaps

Morehead State 31, Dayton 7

MOREHEAD, Ky. – Carter Cravens threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as Morehead State claimed a 31-7 PFL victory against Dayton Saturday at Jayne Stadium. The Eagles and Flyers traded first-quarter touchdowns, with Cravens hitting a 53-yard touchdown pass to Trevon Kleint with 9:06 remaining. Dayton responded just before the quarter ended with Luke Hansen’s six-yard touchdown run. However, those would be Dayton’s only points as Morehead State’s defense kept the Flyers off the scoreboard for the final 45:48 of the game. Meanwhile, Craven gave Morehead State the lead for good with a 26-yard touchdown strike to Ryan Upp with 4:08 remaining in the first half. James Louis tacked on a 23-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, and Cravens closed the scoring with a two-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Cravens finished the day with 291 yards on 19-of-36 passing and ran for another 32 yards. Dayton ran for 203 yards against the Eagles, with Michael Neel’s 68 yards on 18 carries leading the way.

Stetson 28, Presbyterian 24

CLINTON, S.C. – Stetson scored twice in the final 10:44 to escape with a 28-24 PFL victory against Presbyterian Saturday at Bailey Memorial Stadium. The Hatters and Blue Hose traded scoring bursts in the game. Presbyterian scored 14 points in the first quarter before Stetson scored 14 second-quarter points to tie the game 14-14 at halftime. Out of the break, the Blue Hose used Mack Mikko’s 18-yard field goal to break the tie and took a 24-14 lead with 13:42 remaining on Ty Englehart’s three-yard pass to Worth Warner. But Stetson charged down the field on its ensuing possession, scoring on a Devon Brewer two-yard run with 10:44 left. Brewer struck again with 32 seconds left, crashing into the end zone from one yard out to give Stetson a 28-24 lead. Presbyterian would get a first down on the game’s final drive, but it was their lone completion in six attempts before time ran out. Brewer finished with 98 yards on 25 carries and two touchdowns to lead Stetson. Englehart paced Presbyterian with an 18-of-24 passing outing for 201 yards and two touchdowns.

St. Thomas 17, Butler 10

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Luke Herzog broke up a pass in the end zone to complete a furious goal line stand as St. Thomas held on for a 17-10 PFL victory against Butler Saturday at O’Shaughnessy Stadium. Trailing 17-10 with 1:57 remaining in the game, Butler took over on its own 25-yard line. The Bulldogs gained first downs on three of their first five plays to quickly get into the Tommies’ red zone. Two plays later, Butler quarterback Bret Bushka completed a pass to the St. Thomas 10-yard line, and a penalty pushed the ball to the five-yard line with seconds left. Butler’s Joey Suchy was stopped just shy of the goal line on first down before the Tommies stuffed a pair of Bulldogs runs. On fourth down, Bushka’s pass was broken up by Herzog, ending the game. St. Thomas running back Hope Adebayo rushed for two touchdowns as part of his 13-carry, 85-yard outing – his second score providing a 17-3 lead in the third quarter. Bushka completed 16-of-31 passes for 111 yards and ran for 63 yards on 16 carries to lead Butler.

Drake 20, Valparaiso 14

DES MOINES, Iowa – Luke Bailey threw two touchdown passes as Drake held on for a 20-14 PFL victory against Valparaiso Saturday at Drake Stadium. Bailey staked Drake to a 17-0 lead through three quarters, throwing a 57-yard touchdown pass to Mitchell January in the first quarter and finding Gage Vander Leest for a two-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. Valparaiso’s Jeffrey Jackson came off the bench and led the Beacons’ comeback bid with two touchdown throws in the fourth quarter – a 33-yard touchdown to Solomon Davis and a 15-yard touchdown toss to Moise Tezzo. After the Tezzo score, Drake went three-and-out and Valparaiso took over on its 23-yard line. The Beacons used a penalty and a 14-yard Jeffrey Jackson run to enter Drake territory with four seconds left but could not gain any more yardage before the clock expired. Bailey led Drake with a 16-of-35 passing day for 257 yards, January catching two of those passes for 102 yards. Valparaiso was limited to 275 offensive yards.

Columbia 16, Marist 0

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Columbia’s Ty’Son Edwards ran for two touchdowns, and the Lions defense forced four turnovers to down Marist 16-0 in nonconference action Saturday at Wien Stadium. All the scoring took place in the first half, with Edwards scoring on carries on one and 22 yards. It was a rough day for both offenses, Columbia amassing 287 yards but committing three turnovers. Marist posted 237 yards and had four giveaways.

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