SATURDAY, OCTOBER 06, 2001
Charleston Southern Proves Too Much For Second-Ranked Dolphins, 28-7
Oct. 6, 2001
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Senior running back Brent Alexander (Tampa, Fla.) rushed for 114 yards on 22 carries for his fourth consecutive 100-yard game, but Charleston Southern's size and speed proved too much for the second-ranked Dolphins as the Buccaneers handed JU its first loss of the season, 28-7, before 1,440 fans at D.B. Milne Field. The Dolphins fall to 4-1 on the season after losing for the third straight time to CSU, which is a Division I-AA scholarship program.
Charleston Southern (3-2) out-gained the Dolphins 436-197, while rushing for 225 yards, the most JU has allowed this season. JU entered the game ranked eighth in I-AA in rushing defense allowing 76.5 yards per game. Craig Roberson led the CSU rushing attack with 79 yards and two touchdowns, while senior quarterback Jake Sills completed 11-of-25 passes for 221 yards. The Buccaneers limited the Dolphins to just 5-of-13 passing for 60 yards, while picking off two passes, forcing two fumbles and recording three sacks.
Charleston Southern connected on a pair of field goals on its first two drives to take a 6-0 lead after one quarter. The Dolphins seemed to gain momentum when Tyrone Wright (Jacksonville, Fla.) picked off his fourth pass of the season at the JU six-yard line with two seconds left in the first quarter, but he fumbled the ball right back to CSU following a 40-yard return. The Buccaneers gave the ball right back, but following an interception by Dounia Whitehouse at the one-yard line, Charleston Southern went a school-record 99 yards in 16 plays as Roberson scored on a three-yard run to give the Bucs a 14-0 halftime lead.
Junior Linj Shell gave the Dolphins the momentum back after blocking Josh Waters' 26-yard field goal attempt with 32 seconds left in the third quarter. JU followed with a seven-play, 80-yard drive capped by an Alexander seven-yard touchdown run with 12:50 to play in the game to cut the deficit to 14-7. However, Mike Washington returned the ensuing kickoff 93 yards for the score and a 21-7 Buccaneer lead. Roberson added a one-yard touchdown run with 7:38 to play in the game for Charleston Southern.
Wright had nine tackles to pace to the Dolphins defense, while Shell also picked off his fourth pass of the season. Senior linebacker Henry Scott led the Buccaneers with 12 tackles. The Dolphins return to action against another scholarship opponent next Saturday, Oct. 13, when JU takes on Florida Atlantic at 4 p.m. at Pro Player Stadium in Miami.