Football To Face FIU on Sunshine Network On Thursday Night

Oct. 29, 2002


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Game Day Quick Facts

TV: Sunshine Network (Paul Kennedy, play-by-play; James Bates, color; Angela Jacobs, sideline) Pregame begins at 8:00 p.m.; kickoff at 8:07 p.m.

RADIO: ESPN 1460 WZNZ (Cole Pepper, play-by-play; Will Weatherford, color) The Dolphin Pregame Show begins at 7:30 p.m.

LAST GAME: JU came from behind to defeat Charleston Southern, 24-21, in Charleston on Oct. 26. FIU fell to Gardner-Webb, 17-14, in Miami on Oct. 26.

TODAY'S GAME: Today's game marks the third game in 12 days for the Dolphins, who are also playing their fourth-straight road game. It also marks the second live television appearance for JU on the Sunshine Network. The first was the Dolphins' inaugural game against Davidson on Sept. 28, 1998. It is also the third night game for Jacksonville (0-2), the second this season.

UP NEXT: The Dolphins will return home for the first time since Sept. 28 to face Edward Waters on Nov. 9. Florida International will host Albany next weekend in its final home game of the 2002 season.

Comeback Equals Milestone: The Dolphins' 24-21 win over Charleston Southern marked the first win for the Dolphins over a Division I-AA scholarship opponent. It was the second win over a scholarship program this season (Lenoir-Rhyne) and the fourth win overall against scholarship teams. The Dolphins recorded the greatest comeback win in school history against CSU after scoring 17 unanswered points to erase an early 21-7 deficit. JU held the Bucs scoreless for the final 40:42, allowing just 118 yards of total offense in the second half. The 24-21 advantage by the Dolphins is JU's first lead of any kind in the month of October.

Turner Breaks Receiving Records: Senior wide receiver Jon Turner continues his assault on the Dolphin receiving records. Through seven games, Turner has already set the school single-season record for receiving yards (777) and receptions (47), while tying his own record with five TD catches. He is also just 212 yards away from the JU career record of 1,973 receiving yards and became the Dolphins' all-time leader with 13 career receiving touchdowns.

Road Trip: The Dolphins are finishing a four-game road trip which has covered a total of 7,394 miles during the five-week stretch, including 4,692 miles to San Diego and back for the Dolphins' first meeting with the Toreros. The shortest trip was 243 miles to Charleston Southern, while the most difficult trip was the 1,526 mile trip to Morehead State and back. With the FIU game being moved to Thursday for TV, the Dolphins are playing three games in a period of 12 days before returning home to face Edward Waters on Nov. 9.