SATURDAY, DECEMBER 06, 2008
JU falls in Gridiron Classic to Albany, 28-0
David McCarty rushed for 271 yards and four touchdowns as Albany handed JU a 28-0 loss in the 2008 Gridiron Classic.

The Dolphins (9-4) were shutout for the first time since 2003 with McCarty racking up the second-highest rushing total ever by a JU opponent.

Albany (9-3) played like a team built for the conditions, taking advantage of the hardened field and freezing temperatures. The game time temperature was in the low 30s, making it the coldest game in the history of JU football.

“Albany is a very good team and that showed why today,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “They are team that is built to play downhill and when they get going, they are tough to stop.”

The loss ends JU’s seven-game winning streak which brought the team its first Pioneer Football League championship.

“While this loss hurts, it still doesn’t take away the fact that we won a PFL championship,” Bell said. “We’ve come a long way in a short time, but we still have a lot of work to do to get to where I believe this program can be.”

Jacksonville’s normally high-flying offense was held 228 yards, the second lowest output of the season.

Quarterback Josh McGregor was 10-of-25 passing for 113 yards with one interception, getting sacked three times. Running back Rudell Small was held to 46 yards on 16 carries.

The Great Danes scored on the opening drive, taking a 7-0 lead on a 16-yard run by McCarty.

The scored remained that way until Albany used a 21-point spurt between the third and fourth quarter, scoring three touchdowns on four possessions.

McCarty scored his second touchdown on a 1-yard run to make it 14-0 late in the third quarter.

His 3-yard run with 8:07 left in the game put the Great Danes up 21-0, but he sealed the result with a 77-yard run to make it 28-0.

Playing in his final game as a Dolphin, Robson Noel led the defense with 12 tackles.