Fifth-Ranked Dolphins Begin Defense Of PFL South Title

Sept. 12, 2002


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Game Day Quick Facts

Radio: ESPN 1460 WZNZ (Cole Pepper, play-by-play; Jamie Zeitz, color) The Dolphin Kickoff Show begins at 12:30 p.m.
Series Record: JU leads 3-1
Last meeting: The Dolphins ended Davidson's 18-game win streak with a 45-3 victory over the third-ranked Wildcats on Sept. 8, 2001 in Jacksonville.
Last Game: JU defeated Lenoir-Rhyne, 37-27; Sept. 1, 2002 in Jacksonville.

TODAY'S GAME: Today's game marks the fifth meeting between JU and Davidson. It is the only team the Dolphins have played in each of their five seasons, including their frst-ever football game in 1998. It is also the Pioneer Football League opener for both teams as JU begins defense of its South Division Championship. Last year, JU tied an NCAA record with three interception returns for touchdown against the Wildcats. The last time JU played at Davidson, the Wildcats posted a 36-7 win for their only victory over the Dolphins in the four-year series.

Last Time Out
The Dolphins recorded their second straight win over Lenoir-Rhyne, a Division II scholarship program, and their third win over a scholarship team overall...Jon Turner became the third player in school history to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards...JU set a school record by limiting Lenoir-Rhyne to just 21 yards rushing on 24 carries...Freshman Mike Sturgill completed 14-of-18 passes for 252 yards and four touchdowns in his Doplhin debut...JU is now 3-2 in season openers.

Stunning Debut
Freshman quarterback Mike Sturgill had quite a collegiate debut for JU in the season opener. Sturgill completed 14-of-18 passes for 252 yards and four touchdowns, while setting a school record for single-game completion percentage (78%). He ranks first in Division I-AA in pass efficiency (257.6) and 10th nationally in total offense (266yds/game). For his efforts, Sturgill was named Co-Offensive Player of the Week for I-AA Mid-Major by Don Hansen's Weekly Football Gazette and the PFL Co-Offensive Player of the Week.

Defense Shines
The JU defense picked up right where it left off last year when it ranked amongst the nation's leaders. The Dolphins set a school record by limiting Lenoir-Rhyne to just 21 yards rushing on 21 carries. JU also forced three turnovers and blocked a kick. The Dolphins currently rank second in Division I-AA in rush defense, allowing just 21 yards per game on the ground, despite losing eight starters to graduation. Last year, JU finished the season ranked seventh nationally in pass efficiency defense and 13th in I-AA in overall pass defense.