SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2006
Brant sets record in 47-28 loss to No. 3 Drake
Nov. 11, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
Senior running back Jerry Brant rushed for 129 yards and a touchdown to set the Dolphin record for career yards but the JU football team ended their 2006 season with a 47-28 loss to No. 3 Drake, Saturday afternoon at D.B. Milne Field.
JU (4-6, 4-3) finished with 413 yards of total offense as Brant ends his career with 2,368 career yards to surpass Emmett Hunter on the all-time rushing list. Drake (9-2, 6-1) finished with 505 yards of total offense, including 327 yards on the ground, while also outscoring the Dolphins 13-0 in the fourth quarter.
"This was a tough loss, especially for our seniors who have given so much to the program the past four years," said JU head coach Steve Gilbert. "I'm really proud that Jerry was able to break the record after all the hard work he has put in throughout his career. The difference today was we just weren't able to make the plays when we needed to."
Trailing 34-28 in the third quarter, Dolphin freshman free safety Kyle Fail intercepted a pass by Cole Ingle at the JU 14-yard line but the play was nullified due to a roughing the pass penalty. Drake took advantage of the mistake when Logan Rees connected on a 21-yard field goal to make it 37-28 with 12:26 left in the game.
On the ensuing drive, JU drove into Bulldog territory but junior quarterback Chris Horton was intercepted by Andy Green at the Drake 31-yard line. The Bulldogs answered with another field goal by Rees, this time from 32-yards, to make it a 41-28 contest with 5:19 remaining.
Drake sealed the game when Green returned an interception 65 yards for a touchdown to make it 47- 28 with 3:37 left in the contest.
Brant rushed 22 times with an average of 5.9 yards per carry as he increased his program record with over 100-yards rushing in 11 career games while also tallying the second highest single season total in program history (1,110 yards). Horton completed 16- of-28 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns to finish with the second highest single-season yard mark in program history (1,889 yards). Senior running back Bryan Gamble tallied 40 yards on four carries in his final game as a Dolphin. Sophomore receiver Geavon Tribble finished with a game-high five catches for 91 yards and a touchdown and sophomore linebacker Dane Weather finished with a career-high 13 tackles (seven solo) in his first start of the season. Senior nose guard Ryan Young ended his career with three tackles to finish with 116 for his career.
Drake running back Scott Phaydavong tallied a game- high 216 yards on 27 carries for an average of 8.0 yards per rush. Fullback Willie Cashmore finished with 19 carries for 101 yards and a conference-high five touchdowns. Ingle completed 11-of-21 passes for 162 yards and Daniel Marx tallied four catches for 89 yards. Defensively, strong safety Nick Ross and linebacker James Adams each finished with 12 tackles.
Drake jumped out to an early 7-0 lead when Cashmore rushed for an eight-yard touchdown at the 10:47 mark of the first quarter.
JU evened the contest, 7-7, when Horton lunged for a one-yard touchdown on second and goal with 6:37 left in the quarter. The Dolphins took a 14-7 lead when Brant scrambled for a 39-yard touchdown with 2:22 left in the first quarter.
Drake tied the game at 14-14 when Cashmore scored from two-yards out on the first play of the second quarter. The Bulldogs increased the lead to 20-14 when Cashmore rushed for a 15-yard touchdown (Rees' extra point hit the left upright). Cashmore found the endzone again, this time from five yards, to put the Bulldogs up, 27-14 with 4:14 left in the second quarter.
The Dolphins cut the margin to 27-21 when Horton hooked up with Tribble down the right sideline for a 49-yard touchdown with 1:47 left in the half.
In the second half, Drake made it 34-21 when Cashmore rushed for a three-yard touchdown at the 10:32 mark of the third quarter. The Bulldogs' drive was sparked when Ross completed a 17 yard pass to Tyler Marley on a fake punt from the Drake 49-yard line.
The Dolphins cut the margin to 34-28 when Horton found junior receiver Nate Conner for a three-yard touchdown on fourth-and-goal.
JU, which ends the season in fourth place in the Pioneer Football League, ends the year with several program marks on the year including its first win over Dayton, its first win over Morehead State since 2001 and the program's first two-game road winning streak since 2001.