MONDAY, OCTOBER 01, 2001
Football Moves To No. 2 In Sports Network Mid-Major Top-10 Poll
Oct. 1, 2001
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University moved up a spot to No. 2 in the latest Sports Network I-AA Mid-Major Poll, released on Monday. The move comes after JU improved to 4-0 on the season with a 38-7 win at Austin Peay on Saturday clinching the Pioneer Football League South Division title and assuring the Dolphins a spot in the inaugural PFL Championship Game on Nov. 17. JU finished its conference schedule 3-0, while posting its first-ever four-game win streak. The Dolphins will now play four straight games against scholarship opponents starting with Charleston Southern (36 scholarships) on Saturday at 1 p.m. at D.B. Milne Field.
Despite playing without starting quarterback Gary Cooper (Jacksonville, Fla.) the Dolphins dominated Austin Peay by rushing a school-record 63 times for 309 yards, while hanging on to the ball for more than 37 minutes. Senior Brent Alexander (Tampa, Fla.) led the way with 123 yards on 20 carries to become the first back in school history to record three consecutive 100-yard rushing performances. Alexander leads the PFL and ranks 16th in Division I-AA averaging 117.5 yards per game, while the Dolphins rank 11th nationally with 240.8 rushing yards per contest. Through four games, JU has rushed for 963 yards after rushing for just 658 yards in 11 games last season.
Defensively, JU limited Austin Peay to just 47 yards rushing and nine first downs, while the Governors crossed midfield only three times on the afternoon. The Dolphins currently rank sixth in Division I-AA in total defense allowing 220 yards per game, while ranking eighth in rushing defense (76.5 yards/game) and third in pass efficiency defense (72.92 efficiency rating). JU also leads the conference and ranks third nationally with nine interceptions, four of which have been returned for touchdowns, and have not allowed a touchdown in 13-of-16 quarters this season.
The Sports Network I-AA Mid-Major Top-10 poll includes the 26 programs of the MAAC, NEC and Pioneer Football League, which play at a non-scholarship or limited scholarship level.
The Sports Network Mid-Major Top-10 Poll (1st place votes)