SATURDAY, OCTOBER 08, 2011
JU’s McGregor sets PFL mark in win over Dayton
Josh McGregor (2) now holds the all-time PFL passing record and has 100 touchdown tosses.
Josh McGregor (2) now holds the all-time PFL passing record and has 100 touchdown tosses.
Quarterback Josh McGregor threw for three touchdowns and became the Pioneer Football League’s all-time leading passer and running back J.J. Laster scored three times as Jacksonville University beat Dayton 34-26 here Saturday.

McGregor, from Royal Palm Beach, Fla., threw scoring strikes 8, 30 and 35 yards giving him 100 career touchdown passes, 10th on the all-time Football Championship Series list.

He also passed for 299 yards giving him a career total 9,704 yards which puts him in the all-time PFL top spot by eclipsing the 9,699 yards San Diego’s Josh Johnson had from 2004-07.

“It was a dogfight,’’ McGregor said. “As we expected, Dayton came after us with everything.’’

Laster caught McGregor’s 100th career TD on the 35-yard play with 47 seconds to play. The senior running back from Graceville, Fla., also scored on runs of 17 and 2 yards. He ended the game with 78 yards rushing on 16 carries and now has six touchdowns in two games. He also had 63 yards receiving.

JU wide receiver Larry Thompson had four catches for 43 yards and ran his consecutive games with a catch streak to 26. Teammate Josh Philpart also had a catch and now has receptions in 15 straight games.

Dayton scored first in the game on a 29 yard run by Taylor Harris in the first quarter, the first points the Dolphins (4-2, 3-0) have given up in the opening period this season.

The teams traded the lead throughout the game until Laster’s 2 yard jaunt with 4:11 to play to give JU a 27-26 lead.

The Dolphins held the Flyers (3-3, 1-2) on fourth down the next drive setting up Laster’s 35-yard TD catch. Dayton tried one last time and ran seven plays in 39 seconds but the seventh was an interception by JU’s Blythe Weaver which ended the game.

“These guys just keep fighting for each other,’’ JU coach Kerwin Bell said. “I’m really proud of how they kept coming back. We are getting the best from our opponents every week.’’

JU defensive end Luidji Michel and defensive tackle Rolando fines each had 10 tackles and two sacks to lead the Dolphins who now have won 14 consecutive PFL games and 11 consecutive home games.

The Dolphins are home next week against Morehead State at 1 p.m. are home next week against Morehead State at 1 p.m.

-- Jim Nasella