The Indiana State Sycamore football team hosted the Dayton flyers in their home opener on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. The Sycamores got off to a hot start with quarterback Ryan Boyle using the read-option as the primary source for their offense. Boyle and running back Peterson Kerlegrand, who got the starting gig due to an injury to running back Titus McCoy, carried most the of the load in that first drive that eventually led to a 14-yard Kerlegrand touchdown.
The Flyers were able to score on their first possession as well and that is when the struggles started for Indiana State. Ryan Boyle threw an interception late in the first quarter and then the offense went stagnant and were never able to get any momentum. Down 21-7 with about a minute left to play in the half, the Sycamores drove the ball 95 yards down the field to score their second touchdown with about five seconds to spare. The score was 21-14 at halftime.
Both teams continued to trade punches for most of the second half but the Sycamore defense could not find an answer for Flyers quarterback Jack Cook. He had a phenomenal game throwing 21/29 for 251 yards and two touchdowns.
With about two minutes left in the game, the Sycamores found themselves down 42-35. The Sycamores put together an impressive two-minute drill getting the ball to the Flyers 40-yard line before Boyle threw his second interception of the day sealing the victory for the Flyers.
Sycamore coach Curt Mowery said after the game that this one was on him. “It starts with me. I’m 100% responsible. We didn’t play well enough on offense, we didn’t play well enough on defense, we didn’t play well enough on special teams, and I didn’t coach well enough. But we’re gonna get back on track tomorrow.”
ISU will attempt to bounce back from their 0-2 start this Saturday. The sycamores play Eastern Kentucky at 1 pm at home in the second of three straight home games.