SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2009
Records fall as JU runs past Morehead State, 39-0
After two heartbreaking losses in two of its last three games, the JU football team saw the record book rewritten as the Dolphins routed Morehead State, 39-0, on Homecoming at D.B. Milne Field.
JU (3-3, 2-1 PFL) saw Rudell Small become the school’s all-time leader in rushing yards, Josh McGregor become the all-time leader in passing touchdowns while Josh Philpart tied the school’s single-season record for receiving touchdowns.
That was topped by the Dolphins’ defense completing a dominant performance - forcing its first turnover of the season, an interception that Jason Wood returned 52 yards for a touchdown.
“This was a complete team effort today,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “The defense had a solid game, our offense executed well and we did good things in our special teams. Now, we’ve got to get right back to work to get ready for San Diego.”
Morehead State (2-5, 0-3 PFL) had jumped out on its opponents in first six games. The tables were turned on the Eagles as JU sped out to a 21-0 lead and never looked back.
“We had a great week of practice and the guys executed really well out there today,” Bell said. “We knew they were a team that jumped out early and we did a good job of getting ahead and pulling away.”
The Dolphins opened the game by scoring on the third play from scrimmage as McGregor hooked up with Philpart on a 29-yard score just 1:25 into the game.
On Morehead’s second drive, Wood read Zach Lewis’ eyes and stepped in front of the pass to race in for the 52-yard score.
Sporting a 14-0 lead, the Dolphins wrapped up the first quarter when McGregor threw his 39th career touchdown pass – a 17-yard toss to Chris Kuck with 58 seconds left.
McGregor went on to throw two more scores – a 6-yard pass to Tommie Rogers in the second quarter and a 34-yard hookup with Philpart in the third to finish with four touchdowns. He finished the day completing 13-of-24 for 294 yards, with his career touchdown total lifted to 41, with 10 of those coming against the Eagles.
The final catch was Philpart’s sixth touchdown reception of the season, becoming the fourth Dolphin to reach the single-season record. The last to reach that plateau was Geavon Tribble last season.
Philpart was McGregor’s favorite receiver – getting six catches for 192 yards, becoming the eighth Dolphin in program history to record 1,000 career receiving yards.
Wrapping up the record setting day was Small, who had 15 carries for 52 yards, allowing him to surpass Jerry Brant atop the school’s career rushing list. Small, who limited to just 99 carries as a freshman, now has 2,379 career rushing yards.
While the offense was setting records, the defense dominated and continues to chase records as well.
JU, which is ranked second nationally in sacks per game with an average of 4.3, racked up six sacks in the contest, with Shaun Lewis leading the way with two. Lewis now had 17 career sacks and needs just eight more to tie for the most in JU history.
The defense was solid throughout, limited the Eagles to just 140 yards and an average of 2.2 yards per play. Along with the six sacks, the Dolphins had 10 tackles for a loss to go with the first two turnovers of the season – an interception and a fumble.
Allen Fennell led the team with eight tackles, one sack and two tackles for a loss. Lewis was right behind with seven tackles, two sacks and 4.5 tackles for a loss. Wood had seven tackles to go with his interception.
JU will head west to face its I-10 rival San Diego next Saturday in another pivotal PFL matchup. Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m. (EST).