JU set for matchup at No.3 Appalachian State
Two years ago, the JU football team stepped into Kidd-Brewer Stadium in awe of playing the three-time defending national champions.

On Saturday, a seasoned, experienced and mature group of Dolphins will take to the field as they face No. 3 Appalachian State. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m., with the game being broadcast on 1010XL. The Bono’s Barbecue Pregame Show will start at 3 p.m. with Barry Milligan calling the action.

The Dolphins (1-0) are coming off a 35-25 win at Old Dominion in which JU’s veteran offense piled up almost 500 yards of total offense while getting timely turnovers from its defense.

“The guys are excited to get out there and face one of the great programs in the country,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “For the second straight week, this will be as good as it gets for a college football atmosphere.”

Jacksonville featured a balanced attack – piling up 182 yards on the ground and 311 yards in the air. Rudell Small posted the 14th 100-yard rushing performance of his career, racking up 118 yards on 19 carries with two touchdowns. It was his eighth highest rushing total during his career.

The Dolphins air attack featured nine different receivers catching a pass, led by Josh Philpart’s six catches for 115 yards and two touchdowns. Larry Thompson put up some strong numbers as well, catching five passes for 72 yards.

While the offense was putting up numbers, the defense was bending, but not breaking.

JU forced four turnovers in the game, three via interceptions – the most important being Jordan Dewhirst’s in the end zone, ending Old Dominion’s final drive and push to take the lead in the fourth quarter.

“There were a lot of positives that we could take out of last week, but we also made a lot of mistakes that can get you beat,” Bell said.

Jacksonville now faces an Appalachian State team that rallied from a 35-14 deficit in the fourth quarter at Chattanooga last week for a 42-41 win to open its Southern Conference title defense, extending its SoCon winning streak to 21 games.

ASU racked up 486 yards of total offense, with DeAndre Pressley throwing for 340 yards and two touchdowns in his debut as the Mountaineers starter – replacing legend Armanti Edwards.