SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2010
#24 Jacksonville continues to lead the nation in scoring and total offense
After rolling up more than 560 yards of total offense and posting more than 50 points for the third straight week, the JU football team continues to lead the Football Championship Subdivision in total offense and scoring.
No. 24 Jacksonville (8-1, 5-0 PFL) is averaging 45.4 points per game after rolling up 409 points in its first nine games. The Dolphins are averaging 512.56 yards per game, being the only team in the country to average more than 500 yards per game.
Leading the offense is quarterback Josh McGregor, who posted the best passing efficiency rating for a single-game in the FCS against Morehead State. McGregor’s rating of 353.94 was more than 30 points better than previous record and came after he completed 15-of-19 for 347 yards and a school-record seven touchdowns.
The outing lifted McGregor to the top of the country in passing efficiency, coming into this week with a 176.8 rating – more than nine points better than Western Illinois’ Matt Barr in second.
The seven touchdown passes is tied for the most in the country this season and tied the PFL record set by San Diego’s Josh Johnson in 2007.
“We continue to play at a high level and what I love is that the guys are coming out ready to improve each week,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “A lot of our offense’s success we can credit to our defense. They are doing a great job of forcing turnovers and getting us the ball back in position to score.”
The defense is no slouch either, moving up to 35th in the country in total defense (324.67 yards per game) and is 14th nationally in rushing defense, allowing just 96.67 yards per game on the ground – including just 20 rushing yards to Morehead State last week.
The big play potential of the defense is shown in JU ranking third nationally in turnover margin (+1.33 per game), tied for eight in sacks (3.0 per game) and 14th in tackles for a loss (7.67 per game).
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