Dayton Holds Off Late Rally from Brossart, Wins Opener 18-13
It was a thriller in Dayton and fans got their money's worth as this was one of the few games on Friday night not delayed or canceled by lightning.
The Greendevils scored a touchdown on its opening drive with the aid of a Bishop Brossart pass interference call on fourth down, keeping the Dayton drive alive.
Brossart's first drive had a big run called back on a holding penalty, and then was ended with a Dayton interception. Brossart's drive at the end of the first half ended with a second Dayton interception.
The Greendevils led at the half 12-0.
Brossart threatened again at the start of the second half with a big kickoff return setting up on the Dayton side of the field, but the Mustangs could not put any points on the board.
Dayton would stretch its lead to 18-0.
Then the Mustangs found some good fortune. Brossart recovered a fumble and ran it back for its first touchdown of the night, and then put up another score on fourth and twenty-one following another big penalty.
Brossart threatened to take the lead as the game was winding down, but Dayton was able to hold on for the win.
FINAL: Dayton 18, Bishop Brossart 13
Story & photos by Brian Frey, RCN contributor