Drake stops JU; race tightens
Wide receiver Larry Thompson extended his reception streak in Satuday's loss.
Wide receiver Larry Thompson extended his reception streak in Satuday's loss.
DES MOINES, Ia – Drake’s Pat Cashmore scored on a 4-yard run with 21 seconds to play as the Bulldogs put a big dent into Jacksonville University’s Pioneer Football League title hopes with a 31-24 win here Saturday.

he loss stopped a record 16-game JU PFL winning streak and kept the Dolphins (6-3, 5-1) winless at Drake Stadium where Drake (8-2, 6-1) now has won nine straight.

“It was a back and forth game and you have to give Drake credit,’’ JU coach Kerwin Bell said. “They played a whale of a game. We’re still in it (the league title chase).’’

San Diego is the third team in the chase and is 5-1 in conference. JU goes to San Diego in two weeks.

JU overcame a 17-10 Drake halftime lead and pulled ahead 24-17 when quarterback Josh McGregor hit wide receiver Josh

Philpart on a 48-yard pass early in the fourth quarter for a 24-17 lead. It was McGregor’s 112th career TD pass. Drake rebounded and tied with 3:49 to play on an 8-yard touchdown pass from Mike Piatkowski to Joey Orlando.

After a short Drake kickoff, the Dolphins started near midfield but McGregor threw his fourth interception of the day and the Bulldogs started at their own 42-yard line.

Drake had taken a 17-10 lead into halftime after turnovers hurt both teams in the first half.

McGregor threw three first-half interceptions, Drake quarterback Mike Piatkowski had one and the Dolphins recovered a fumble. He ended the game with 249 yards passing with a 23-for-37 day and three touchdowns.

Drake opened the scoring with a 43-yard field goal from Billy Janssen in the first quarter.

JU responded in the second when McGregor his Tommie Rogers on a 39-yard touchdown pass, his 23rd of the year and 110th of his career which put him alone in seventh on the all-time FCS touchdown pass list.

The Dolphins went up 10-3 with 7:32 to play in the half when Bladen Gudz connected on a 30-yard field goal.

The Bulldogs movde to their halftime lead with back to back scoring drives. The first was six plays for 53 yards after the Gudz field goal and the second came after a McGregor interception.

The Dolphins return home for Senior Day Saturday at noon against Butler.