Dayton extended its winning streak over Robert Morris to nine games in a 19-13 victory Saturday in the season opener for both teams.
The Flyers, who won a share of the Pioneer Football League title year ago, have not allowed more than 14 points in a game to the Colonials during the streak. Dayton's defense made the difference Saturday, forcing two turnovers and sacking Robert Morris quarterback Jeff Sinclair eight times.
Dayton also struggled offensively and was outgained by the Colonials of the Northeast Conference 237 yards to 233. A 5-yard run by Sinclair gave the Colonials a 7-6 lead in the second quarter, but Dayton responded with 13 straight points. A 27-yard pass from Will Bardo to Luke Bellman and two field goals from Nate Miller gave the Flyers a 19-7 lead. Robert Morris' only other score came on a 1-yard run by Jamar Cromwell with 5:54 to play.