SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2004
Football Falls To No. 24 Coastal Carolina, 48-23, In Season Finale
Nov. 13, 2004
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - JU freshman quarterback Anthony Salgado (Sarasota, Fla.) completed 14-of-34 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns and the Dolphin defense limited No. 24 Coastal Carolina to just 33 yards passing, but it wasn't enough to overcome six JU turnovers in a 48-23 loss to the Chanticleers Saturday afternoon at Brooks Stadium in the Dolphins' season finale. JU (3-7, 2-1 PFL) showed a valiant effort despite playing without its starting quarterback Mike Sturgill (Vero Beach, Fla.) for the second straight game.
The Dolphins led, 16-10, at the half over the Division I-AA scholarship program before Coastal Carolina (9-1, 3-0 Big South) turned three JU turnovers into 17 points the final 5:46 seconds of the third to cap a 31-point quarter. The Chanticleers took advantage of two big plays, an 82-yard kickoff return to open the second half and a 50-yard run by running back Patrick Hall. Hall rushed for 157 yards and two scores on the day as CCU piled up 300 yards on the ground.
Sophomore running back Jerry Brant (Jacksonville/Raines) ran for 87 yards on 16 carries to lead JU, including a 62-yard scamper, while junior wideout Eldin Ferguson (Riviera Beach, Fla.) caught four passes for 83 yards and a score. Freshman quarterback Chris Horton (Boca Raton, Fla.) also completed 4-of-9 passes for 60 yards and a score in his first collegiate start. Senior free safety Drew Stafford (Rockville, Md.) led the JU defense with a career-high 15 tackles, while senior linebacker Tim Hasse (Bradenton, Fla.) had nine stops to move into second place on JU's career tackles chart with 219 career stops. Hasse also played in his school-record 42nd game, including 31 consecutive starts to end his career.
JU took an early 9-0 lead in the first quarter. Horton took advantage of good field position and hit freshman Nathan Conner (Middleburg, Fla.) on a 19-yard touchdown strike to cap a 6-play, 47-yard drive with 10:53 to play in the first. The Dolphins made it 9-0 when Ren McKinnon's lateral pass was recovered by Hall in the end zone for a safety. The Chanticleers answered with a 37-yard touchdown run by Hall less than four minutes later and then took a 10-9 lead on a 27-yard field goal by Josh Hoke with 14:49 to play in the first half. The Dolphins responded by marching 79 yards on 12 plays, and Salgado found Ferguson from 23 yards out for a 16-10 lead at the 3:42 mark of the second.
Coastal opened the second half with an 82-yard kickoff return from David Parker and scored two plays later on an 11-yard run by McKinnon to take a 17-16 lead. The Chanticleers never looked back, adding four more scores in the quarter. Salgado fumbled at his own 27 and Sam Harper, who had three fumble recoveries on the day, returned it 19 yards for the score. Salgado also tossed an interception at the JU 32-yard line and fumbled at the JU 19, both of which led to Coastal Carolina scores.
Salgado hit junior wideout Edrian Rogers (Tallahassee, Fla.) on a 35-yard touchdown pass midway through the fourth to make it 41-23, but Perkins added a late 1-yard touchdown run for the final margin.