SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2011
Record offensive day leads JU past Campbell
Quarterback Josh McGregor threw for five touchdowns and Jacksonville University racked up a school record 713 offensive yards as the Dolphins routed Campbell, 57-21, in Buies Creek, N.C. on Saturday.
McGregor, a senior, was 24-for-30 for 378 yards and his scoring tosses give him 97 for his career, giving him 10th on the all-time Football Championship Series touchdown pass list. The total offense broke the previous mark of 658 yards last season at Valparaiso.
“It’s a great honor to have. I’ve worked hard the last four years and have had great players around me,’’ McGregor said. “The offensive line has given me enough time to throw that many touchdowns and I’ve got receivers that are wide open, making plays. It’s a great thing to have and I am very appreciative.’’
Running backs Keith Dawson and J.J. Laster ran for 144 and 110 yards respectively. Dawson scored two touchdowns and Laster one.
Dawson was impressed with the line play.
“I love my hogs,’’ he said. “(Center Kyle) Nanton was throwing bodies on the ground. I give them their respect because I would be nothing without them.’’
Wide receiver Josh Philpart caught six passes for 109 yards and a touchdown and Larry Thompson had a pair of scores. Thompson now has caught a pass in 24 consecutive games.
“We didn’t hit on all cylinders the first half but the guys didn’t complain. They stayed with it and we came out the second half with some adjustments and put it away,’’ coach Kerwin Bell said. “It’s like we said at halftime, we just had to finish our drives. We were very comfortable with what we were doing both on offense and defense.’’
The Dolphins (2-2, 1-0) took control after Campbell (1-2, 0-1) had tied at 21 with 11:28 to play in the third quarter.
JU scored 21 consecutive points as McGregor his Philpart on a 45-yard pass, Larry Thompson on a 14-yard score and Dawson went in from 19. McGregor effectively ended the game with an 8-yard touchdown to Quintin Davis with 10:28 to play and a 48-21 lead.
The Dolphins took a 21-14 lead into the halftime locker room after an explosive, yet penalty- filled second quarter.
JU had taken a 7-0 lead with 2:25 to go in the first when senior Keith Dawson ran 33 yards for a score and Bladen Gudz added the extra point when the fireworks started.
The Camels scored with 7:49 to play when Preston Dodson caught a 3-yard pass from quarterback Braden Smith.
The Dolphins’ Andre Addison returned the following kick 65 yards to the CU 13 and with 7:15 to play running back J.J. Laster went in from the 3 for a 14-7 lead.
Campbell’s Carl Smith responded with a 1-yard run which ended a six play, 60-yard drive but the Dolphins struck back immediately with a 62-yard touchdown pass from Josh McGregor to Adrian Riley to end the scoring in the half.
The second quarter was penalty filled as each team was flagged four times. JU had eight in the first half and CU five.
“We started wearing them down toward the end of the second quarter,’’ Bell said. “You could see they were starting to get tired. If we have the mixture of offense and defense that we did today, we’re going to be hard to stop.’’.
JU travels again next week to Poughkeepsie, N.Y., to face Marist at noon. The Dolphins will then have three consecutive home games.