SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 03, 2001
Dolphins Fall To Western Maryland, 42-21
Nov. 3, 2001
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Senior running back Brent Alexander (Tampa, Fla.) rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries to become JU's all-time single-season (10) and career touchdowns leader (18), but Western Maryland's Boo Harris ran for 170 yards and two touchdowns, while throwing for 106 yards and two scores as the 10th-ranked Green Terror won their eighth straight game with a 42-21 victory over the sixth-ranked Dolphins at D.B. Milne Field. JU (6-3) also established a new single-season rushing record with 1,735 yards.
Alexander's sixth 100-yard performance of the season was not enough to overcome 366 yards rushing by Western Maryland (8-1), which became the first team to have two backs rush for 100 yards in the same game against the Dolphins as Jason Hartman carried the ball six times for 105 yards and two scores for the Green Terror. JU allowed a season-high 472 yards of total offense, 111 yards more than their season average of 261.1, which ranked 11th nationally.
After falling behind 14-7 following an Emmett Akins (Largo, Fla.) one-yard touchdown run with 14:16 to play in the second quarter, Western Maryland outscored the Dolphins 28-7 the rest of the way. JU jumped out to a 6-0 advantage on a two-yard Alexander run with 8:53 to play in the first. The Green Terror answered with a 29-yard pass from Harris to Teron Powell to take a 7-6 lead. Akins' run gave the Dolphins a 14-7 advantage, but Hartman came right back with 26-yard touchdown run to cap a 15-play, 80-yard drive and tie the game at 14 with 7:06 to play in the half.
After Dolphin punter Brett Keener couldn't handle a bad snap at midfield, the Green Terror took advantage of the short field to move 50 yards in 2:19 capped by a nine-yard run by Harris to take a 21-14 halftime lead. Western Maryland extended the lead to 27-14 when Harris hit Nick Venuto for an 11-yard pass with 12:25 to play in the third quarter, but JU cut the lead to 27-21 on a four-yard Alexander run after taking over at the Green Terror 34-yard line following a Jeremy Kearson (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) interception. However, JU could not manage another score and Western Maryland added two late touchdowns for the 21-point victory.
Kearson finished with a team-high nine tackles, including eight solo stops for JU. Defensive back Jason Wingeart paced the Green Terror defense with 10 tackles, including three behind the line of scrimmage, and a sack. Senior quarterback Scott Brickley (El Dorado, Kan.) completed 9-of-19 passes in his third start of the season filling in for the injured Gary Cooper (Jacksonville, Fla.), but was sacked three times (-17 yards) and was forced to run on six other occasions.
The Dolphins return to action next Saturday with their final home game of the season against Drake at 1 p.m. at D.B. Milne Field. JU will conclude the 2001 season with the inaugural Pioneer Football league Championship game on Nov. 17 against No. 1 Dayton at Welcome Stadium in Dayton, Ohio.