SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 01, 2008
JU keeps rolling, routs Butler 45-9
A week after the biggest win in school history, the JU football team couldn’t be faulted for having a letdown against Butler.
Instead, the Dolphins (6-3, 4-1 PFL) had one of its most dominating performances of the season to knock hand the Bulldogs (6-2, 4-1 PFL) their first loss in the Pioneer Football League, 45-9.
Josh McGregor threw four touchdown passes and broke the school record for the most passing touchdowns in a single season with 21. He also moved into second place on the single-season passing yards list, needing just 66 yards to tie the school record.
“We are playing with a lot of confidence right now and everyone had a big hand in this win,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “We told the guys that what they did against San Diego wouldn’t mean a thing if we didn’t take care of business.”
The win is the fourth in a row for JU, tying the longest winning streak in school history – set in 2001. The win also clinches the third non-losing season in the history of the program.
Clinging to a 14-9 lead midway through the second quarter, JU scored 31 unanswered to seal the win.
The Dolphins defense forced three turnovers on the day and scored one touchdown, a 38-yard fumble return by Shaun Lewis. Will Perry led the defensive effort with 13 tackles and one sack – the hit on Butler quarterback Matt Kobli, forcing the fumble that Lewis would scoop and score.
Kobli entered the game as the top-ranked passer in the PFL, but the JU defense showed why it is ranked ninth in the country in pass defense – holding him to 149 yards on 19-of-34.
McGregor won the battle of two of the top QBs in the league, throwing for 237 yards on 14-of-20 passes in just three quarters of action.
The Dolphins put 14 points on their first three drives, with Josh Philpart catching a 13-yard pass from McGregor for the first touchdown and Rodney Sumter catching a 9-yard pass for the second one.
The Bulldogs answered with Dionte Wiggins’ 62-yard scoring run en route to a game-high 188 yard rushing. Butler got two points on a safety when Eric Baker’s snap on a punt sailed over Logan Chipperfield’s head and forced him to kick it out of the back of the end zone.
With 4:27 left in the first half, McGregor hooked up with Geavon Tribble for 25-yard pass for a touchdown to send JU into the locker room with a 21-9 lead.
On the opening drive of the second half, Perry’s hit on Kobli led to JU’s first score on the Lewis return. From there, it was all JU starting with Rudell Small’s 12-yard run on his way to a team-high 95 yards rushing.
The Dolphins put the game away with Elliott Finkley catching a 51-yard pass from McGregor to start the fourth quarter.
JU will return to the Hoosier state again next week to put its four-game winning streak on the line at Valparaiso. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.