FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 05, 2010
#23 JU seeks another road win at Butler
A year ago, Butler was on the verge of cracking the top 25 as the last unbeaten in the Football Championship Subdivision. Jacksonville went into the role of spoiler, ending the Bulldogs undefeated campaign with a 36-7 victory at D.B. Milne Field.
On Saturday, the roles are reversed with the 23rd ranked Dolphins (8-1, 6-0 PFL) looking for their second title in three season while the Bulldogs (4-5, 2-3 PFL) look to ruin Jacksonville’s historic season.
Kickoff at the Butler Bowl is set for Noon (EST), with the game being broadcast on 1010XL. Barry Milligan will call the action, starting with the Bono’s Barbecue Pregame Show at 11:30 a.m.
“Butler is good football team that does a lot of things really well,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “Any time you go on the road, it is tough to win.”
Jacksonville had seen its hopes of repeating as PFL champions dashed at Drake the week before the Butler game last season. Despite having their title hopes dashed, the Dolphins put on a dominating performance to knock the Bulldogs from the unbeaten ranks.
JU held the Bulldogs potent offense to just 375 yards, forcing three turnovers – including an interception return for a touchdown.
It will be the defense that is called upon again for JU to be successful.
Over the last seven games, JU has produced at least three sacks in each game – with two players, Rolando Fines and Bradley Burns, recording 3.5 sacks in a game.
But getting pressure is only half the story. The Dolphins defense is ranked in the top 20 nationally in rushing defense, allowing less than 100 yards per game.
“Our defense has done a great job of getting us the ball back all season,” Bell said. “Whether it’s a turnover or a quick 3-and-out, they are making big plays at the right time for us.”
Offensively, JU will look to keep on keeping on. The Dolphins have posted at least 500 yards of total offense in six of the last seven games to become the country’s top-ranked offense in both yards and scoring.