TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 02, 2010
Dolphins make final road trip of the regular season to Butler
Over the last four weeks, the JU football has posted at least a point a minute – racking up 242 points.
The No. 23/25 Dolphins (8-1, 6-0 PFL) will be put their seven-game winning streak on the line when they travel to face defending Pioneer Football League champion Butler (4-5, 2-3 PFL) at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Jacksonville has scored touchdowns in a myriad of ways. There have been 15 rushing scores, 14 passing touchdowns, one punt blocked for a TD and three interception returns for six points.
Saturday’s contest is a rematch of last season’s game where JU knocked Butler from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 36-7 win at D.B. Milne Field. The Bulldogs bounced back to win the PFL title with wins over Dayton and Drake in the final two weeks.
“Our philosophy on offense is to get the ball down the field with the ability of any play being a touchdown,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “We’ve got tremendous balance between our running game and passing attack. When you have that as a balanced offense, it makes it tough to defend.”
The last two weeks have shown JU’s ability to adapt on offense. Against Marist, the Red Foxes decided to take away the passing attack – dropping six in coverage. The Dolphins went to the ground game, rolling up a school-record 443 rushing yards.
Last week at Morehead State, the Eagles put a premium on stopping the run so JU went to the air. The Dolphins threw a school-record eight touchdowns and 399 yards en route to another lopsided win.
The defensive unit has become a force at the line of scrimmage as well. JU has held five of its last six opponents to 60 yards or less on the ground and has produced three sacks in all six games, putting up six sacks twice.
Rolando Fines was a big part of that effort at Morehead State. The junior defensive lineman racked up a school-record tying 3.5 sacks and 4.5 tackles for a loss as the Eagles got just 20 yards rushing.
Live coverage of the game starts at 12:30 p.m. with the Bono’s Barbecue Pregame Show as Barry Milligan calls the action.