Herald-Advertiser, Oct. 16, 1971.
There were no miracles at Fairfield Stadium Saturday afternoon.
Marshall University, shut out for the first time this season, was unable to generate any offense and the Dayton Flyers crunched out a 13-0 football victory over the Young Thundering Herd before a crowd of nearly 11,000.
Missing was the miracle finish that produced a 15-13 triumph over Xavier University three weeks ago in the Herd's first appearance at Fairfield this year. Although Marshall came close once in the final stanza, the Herd offense failed to generate the needed offense and the defenders spent most of the afternoon keeping the Flyers away from the goal.
Gary Kosins dived over from one yard out in the first quarter for the Flyers' initial touchdown, and the 210-pound senior tailback hauled in a 27-yard scoring pass from quarterback Ron Krechting in their third period. Dave Trinite booted the second of two extra point attempts as the Flyers snapped a four-game losing streak and ran their record to 2-4 for the season.
Marshall, which posed only one serious scoring threat in the entire game, lost its third game in a row and saw its season record fall to 1-4.
"We just couldn't come up with the big play today," said Marshall Head Coach Jack Lengyel. "We needed the big play on offense, but we didn't get it," he reiterated.
"If we could have gotten that equalizer we'd have been right back in there," Lengyel said, referring to Marshall's lone threat which carried to the Dayton three-yard line midway through the final period.
Dave Smith, coming up with his second outstanding defensive play of the game, picked off a Krechting pass at the Dayton 29-yard line and returned it to the 25. Smith also pounced on a Dayton fumble in the second quarter.
Reggie Oliver, who shared quarterbacking duties with Dave Walsh, guided the Young Herd to a first down at the 12. Ned Burks hit the left side for two and Oliver passed five yards to Lanny Steed on a down-and-outer to the left.
Randy Kerr cracked for three yards to the 17, but the Herd needed a foot for the first down. On the fourth down, Oliver again called on the 200-pound sophomore fullback and he responded by crashing for five yards, bobbling the ball all the way, to the Dayton 12.
John Johnstonbaugh got three to the nine, and Oliver, aided by a half-the-distance-to-the-goal penalty, got it to the three on a keeper to the right side.
But, the Dayton defense stiffened and cracks by Johnstonbaugh and Oliver were thrown back by the right side of the Flyers' line.
Dayton, which picked up 252 yards rushing, found the going on the ground tough early in the game and took to the air. In the first scoring drive, which covered 70 yards in 10 plays, Krechting hit on three of four passes for 58 yards.
Krechting tossed 15 yards to Kosins down the right sidelines to get the drive started. Kosins, the Flyers' leading rusher, fumbled the ball, but Jim Johnston fell on the ball at the Dayton 45.
After Kosins was stopped for no gain, Krechting teamed with split end Larry Nickels for 13 and another first down at the MU 42.
Kosins picked up a tough three, and Krechting combined with Johnston, straight down the right sidelines for 30-yarder and a first-and-goal at the nine.
Kosins got five over the left side, and Krechting got to the one on a bootleg around the right end.
Kosins dived over the left side, but Trinite's point after boot was wide to the left and Dayton led, 6-0, with 2:22 to go in the first period.
With Chuck Wright, Odell Graves, Smith, Allen Meadows, Pete Diabo and Charles Henry leading the way, the Herd defenders pretty much kept the Flyers in check throughout the second quarter.
Smith pounced on a Kosins fumble at the Dayton 34 with 1:22 left in the half, but four passing attempts netted the Herd a minus five yards and it turned the ball over at the Flyers' 39.
The third quarter was all Dayton with Marshall running off just eight plays and picking up a single first down.
The Flyers threatened driving for four straight first downs to the MU 20, but an aroused Herd defense held four downs later just outside the 10.
Gene Nance led the left side of the Marshall defense as it racked up Krechting half-yard short on a fourth-and-three.
But, the Herd couldn't move on offense, and Bob Eshbaugh kicked out of bounds at the Dayton 49. The Flyers drove in for a touchdown in eight plays against tiring MU defenders.
Ed Zink picked up 30 yards in four carries and hauled in a 14-yard pass from Krechting, but a delay of game penalty and a 15-yarder for holding against Dayton moved the Flyers back to the Marshall 27.
Then on first down, Krechting hit Kosins on a fly pattern straight down the left sidelines for the score. Trinite's boot set the final score, 13-0, with 13:30 left in the game.
"That Young Thundering Herd isn't so young," said Dayton Coach John McVay. "Those are some tough kids out there, and they're rapidly maturing.
"We thought our defense did a good job out there today," the Dayton coach continued. "Also Krechting had a good game. We thought he passed well."
The Dayton quarterback hit on 11 of 22 tosses for 142 yards, about 50 more than the Flyers had been averaging previously.
Marshall travels to Kalamazoo, Mich., next week to face the Western Michigan Broncos (4-2) in a 1:30 (EST) encounter. Dayton visits unbeaten Toledo, 35-24 conqueror of Western Saturday, in its next game.