Darrelynn Dunn had 127 yards rushing and three touchdowns, Matt Brown threw for three more scores and Illinois State dominated Dayton 56-14 on Saturday in the season opener for both teams.
Cameron Hunt added 120 yards rushing, including an 82-yard score in the fourth quarter, for the Redbirds in the first meeting between the schools.
Dunn, a senior, surpassed his touchdown total from 2011, when he ran for 247 yards and three scores after transferring from Iowa Central Community College. Brown completed 22 of his 34 passes for 192 yards, finding Lechein Neblett for two scores and Phil Dudley for one.
Will Bardo was 7 of 21 for 96 yards passing and the Flyers' only offensive score, a 17-yarder to Branden Johnson. Gary Hunter returned a punt 77 yards for the other Dayton touchdown, and Pat Meehan returned a blocked punt 10 yards to cap the scoring for Illinois State.