SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2009
Dolphins fall at Samford, 27-0
The JU football team had its moments as they stepped up against a Southern Conference opponent for the second straight season, but fell to Samford at Seibert Stadium, 27-0.

The Dolphins defense showed signs of promise, holding the Bulldogs to just 146 yards on the ground, picking up four sacks and eight tackles for a loss.

Samford got 225 yards passing with two touchdowns from Dustin Taliaferro, while getting 73 yards on 13 carries with one touchdown on the ground from Chris Evans.

“We played a very good team tonight and we learned a lot about our team,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “We did this last year at Appalachian State, we tested ourselves against one of the top teams in the country – which is our goal in building program.”

The Bulldogs led 3-0 at the end of the first quarter, but scored 17 points in the second quarter – capping the half with a 7-yard touchdown pass from Taliaferro to Jonathan Lowery to take a 20-0 lead into the locker room at the intermission.

Taliaferro hooked up with Riley Hawkins on a 51-yard score early in the second quarter with a Cameron Yaw field goal sandwiched in between.

JU’s offense struggled to get going throughout the night, getting just 101 yards – with 68 of those coming in the air. Josh McGregor completed 8-of-21 for 62 yards, while Rudell Small led the rushing attack with 53 yards on 16 carries.

The Dolphins best chance to score came in the third quarter, but Donovan Curry’s school-record tying 52-yard field goal attempt came up short.

Samford’s lone score of the second half came on a 1-yard run from Evans with 6:55 left in the third quarter.

Daryl Campbell led the defense with 11 tackles and Joseph Fennell had 10. Allen Fennell had eight tackles, two for a loss, with one sack.

The most impressive performance of the night came from sophomore punter Logan Chipperfield. The Jacksonville Beach native had 11 punts for an average of 42.5 yards with a long of 57 and two inside the 20-yard line.

Jacksonville comes home to face Old Dominion for the home opener at D.B. Milne Field. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.