Bardo throws for 2, runs for 1 as Dayton defeats Butler 21-14

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INDIANAPOLIS — Will Bardo threw for 240 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another to lead Dayton to a 21-14 win over Butler on Saturday.

Bardo's 28-yard connection with Ross Smith early in the second quarter was the game-winner for the Flyers (7-3, 5-2 Pioneer League).

Dayton took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on Bardo's 27-yard hookup with Cory Stuart and his 1-yard plunge after Zach Elias returned an interception 22 yards to the Butler 28.

However the Bulldogs (4-7, 2-6) rallied quickly behind Malcom Weaver. Weaver and Derek O'Connor combined on a 62-yard touchdown with 8 seconds left in the first quarter and then Weaver scored on a 37-yard run at 8:50 of the second.

Connor Kacsor had 27 carries for 125 yards for Dayton.

O'Connor finished with eight catches for 144 yards as Butler's season came to an end.

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