THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 2000
Dolphins Drop Season Finale 37-17
November 20, 1999
Jacksonville, Fla. - Jacksonville (3-6) was unable to overcome 478 yards of Buccaneer offense as Charleston Southern (4-6) defeated the Dolphins 37-17 in both team's season finale. With the victory, Charleston Southern set a school single-season record for victories.
The Dolphins got on the board first after forcing a fumble at the Charleston Southern 35 yard-line on the Bucs' first offensive series of the game. JU took advantage of the short field, taking a 7-0 lead on a sophomore Brent Alexander 1-yard touchdown run with 9:09 to play in the first quarter. Charleston Southern wasted no time in answering the Dolphin score, putting together an eight play 77 yard drive capped by a Keylon Price touchdown at 5:40 of the first quarter. The score remained tied at 7-7 after one quarter of play.
Charleston Southern outscored the Dolphins 10-3 in the game's second quarter to take a 17-10 halftime lead. The Buc's put 14 points on the board in the third, all but ending the Dolphins chances with the score 31-10 after three. JU scored early in the fourth on a Greg Kannapel 1-yard run, cutting the margin to 31-17 with 13:14 to play in the game. The Buc's added two short field goals from senior Clint Kelly for the final 37-17 margin.
Freshman quarterback Greg Kannapel went 23-40 for the Dolphins, rolling up 249 yards, but throwing three interceptions on the day. Alexander led the Dolphins on the ground with 80 yards on 12 carries, including his 1-yard TD run. Senior Julio Izquierdo celebrated his final day in a Dolphin uniform with an interception and nine tackles. Classmate Antoine Alexander led the Jacksonville defense with 14 tackles to close out his collegiate career.
Jacksonville native Brooks Combs (Madarin H.S.) led the Bucs all day, completing 14-18 for 245 yards in his final collegiate football game. Junior back-up Jeff McCool added a perfect 4-4 for 95 yards, including a 77 yard touchdown strike to Buccaneer senior Ande Goldsmith, the Buc's all-time leading receiver.