McGregor throws seven TDs as #24 JU throttles Morehead, 61-17
Josh McGregor loves playing Morehead State.

The junior quarterback threw a school-record seven touchdown passes, completing 15-of-19 for 347 yards to lead #24 Jacksonville to a 61-17 win over Morehead State at Jayne Stadium. It ties the most touchdowns thrown in the country. In three career outings against MSU, McGregor has now thrown 17 touchdown passes for 960 yards.

Jacksonville (8-1, 6-0 PFL) won its seventh straight, tying the school record for the longest winning streak set by the 2008 team.

“We got off to a shaky start, but we turned it around and played really well over the last three quarters,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “We felt like we were going to be able to throw the ball and Josh did a great job of distributing the ball.

The JU defense kept the Eagles (3-5, 2-3 PFL) off balance all day. Jacksonville had six sacks, three by junior defensive lineman Rolando Fines, and limited the Eagles to just 11 rushing yards.

“Our defense did a great job of setting the tone and getting us the ball back,” Bell said. “When they play like that, it makes it easier for our offense to operate.”

McGregor was able to use a lot of his weapons equally.

Rudell Small caught four catches for 64 yards with two touchdowns, rushing for 17 carries and 89 yards. Josh Philpart caught four passes for 58 yards and three touchdowns, while Elliott Finkley had two catches for 113 yards and one touchdown while rushing for 31 yards and a touchdown.

Trailing 3-0 in the first quarter, McGregor connected with Small for a 34-yard touchdown to put the Dolphins on top and JU followed with Rodney Sumter’s first of two touchdown catches with a 49-yarder to make it 14-3. That started a whirlwind of JU scoring. The Dolphins finished the first half up 27-3 and went up 61-10 when Sumter caught a 44-yarder pass from Erik Stepelton for JU’s final score.

The Dolphins will hit the road again next week as they face defending PFL champion Butler.