FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2001
No. 3 JU Looks To Make History Against Morehead State
Sept. 14, 2001
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
Game Day Quick Facts
TODAY'S GAME: Today's game has strong implications for both Jacksonville and Morehead State in the PFL South Division race. The Dolphins are in first place in the South Division with a 1-0 record, and with a win today, can put themselves in a position to clinch the division title at Austin Peay on Sept. 29 in their final league contest. Morehead State, on the other hand, has not played a conference game but will face Davidson and Austin Peay in October...Due to Tuesday's tragic events, the JU vs. Morehead State game is one of only three NCAA Division I or I-AA games being played today.
All-Time vs. Morehead State: This is the first meeting between Jacksonville and Morehead State in football. However, the teams will now meet on annual basis as members of the Pioneer Football League South Division.
Scouting the Eagles: Morehead State has started the season 0-2 for the first time since 1994 following losses to Tusculum (34-27) and Butler (29-27). The Eagles are allowing 416.5 yards of total offense per game, including nearly 290 yards passing per contest. Offensively, Morehead State is led by senior wide receiver/return specialist Toby Moeves, who is averaging 108.5 yards receiving per game with three touchdowns. Moeves, who also averages 23.8 yards per punt return and 42.0 yards per kick return, was tabbed Pioneer Football League Special Teams Player of the Week after amassing 203 all-purpose yards last week against Butler. He returned four punts for 95 yards, including an 82-yard return for a touchdown, and returned a kickoff 42 yards while catching three passes for 66 yards. The Eagles are coached by Matt Ballard, who is in his eighth season with a record of 35-38. His career coaching record is 70-63-1 in 13-plus seasons.
Dominating Defense ... The Dolphin defense has lived up its billing as the team's strength so far this season. JU has not allowed a touchdown in the first two contests and currently ranks third in Division I-AA in total defense allowing only 168.5 yards per game. The Dolphins also rank third nationally in interceptions after picking off a school-record five passes against No. 3 Davidson, while tying an NCAA Division I-AA record by returning three of the interceptions for touchdowns.
Movin' On Up ... JU jumped up five spots to No. 3 in the latest Sports Network I-AA Mid-Major Top-10 Poll following its 45-3 win over then No. 3 Davidson. The victory ended the Wildcats' nation's-best 18-game win streak. The Dolphins broke into the poll for the first time last week at No. 8 following a season-opening win over Lenoir-Rhyne. Duquesne (2-0) held onto the top spot, followed by Dayton (2-0), JU (2-0), Sacred Heart (1-0) and Albany (2-0), to round out the top five (full poll listed in back of notes).
Run, Forest, Run ... The Dolphins offense has shown two completely different sides in first two games of the season. In the season opening, 20-16 win at Lenoir-Rhyne, JU used six big plays to explode for 415 yards of total offense - the sixth highest total all-time - while completing 12-of-25 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns. In stark contrast, JU ran the ball a school-record 51 times against Davidson for 222 yards - the fourth highest total all-time - and attempted only nine passes in the game, including one in the second half. The Dolphins currently rank second in the PFL in rushing with 174.0 yards per game.