U. of Dayton Recap 10/25/2014
University of Dayton Recap
The Miami Reds are on route to their final regular season game vs. MAC South Division rival, Dayton Flyers. As of recent, Miami and Dayton have adopted an eye for an eye mentality against one another - an 80-minute battle, each of their meetings going down to the wire in a dramatic fashion. Although both teams have guaranteed playoff berths in MAC divisional play, this game will be determinant of seeding in the MAC championship.
As expected, the game started off strong for both sides. Miami and Dayton each were having difficulty putting together significant phase play fluidity. Even while in an offensive gridlock, Miami‘‘s defense was able to stay disciplined. An overwhelmed Dayton offense was forced to keep gameplay on their side of the 50 for majority of the first half. Miami was able to take the lead into half 6-0 with two penalty conversions.
Miami had numerous opportunities to capitalize on potential scoring plays however ball handling errors and penalties kept points off the board. Dayton would take the first try and go up 7-6. Further into the second half, booming Dayton kicks dominated the field possession battle, stretching the lead to 6-14.
Fighting back, Captain fullback Connor Murray would score and convert for Miami on the far side from backline phases set up behind the drive of recycling forward support, 13-14. Late into the game, Miami would take the lead 16-14 on another penalty conversion.
With less than 5 minutes remaining, the Reds knew the match was not over and must maintain possession to drain the clock. Unfortunately, that was not the case. Dayton benefited from late Miami penalties and was able to set up the go-ahead try 21-16.
Miami had one last chance as time expired after the kick off. Unfortunately Miami failed to put phase play together and the final whistle blew.
Miami will now play Bowling Green in the MAC semi-finals, with the winner advancing to play the winner of Western Michigan vs Dayton on Sunday 11/9.