JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville University football team knows how to celebrate Homecoming in style. The Dolphins rolled up 35 points in the second quarter on the way to a 56-13 win over Davidson.
Along with scoring over 50 points for the fourth time this season, Jacksonville (4-4; 3-2) won its second straight to remain within striking distance for a share of the Pioneer Football League title.
Quarterback Kade Bell improved the Dolphins to 7-0 against PFL teams when he is under center with a career best 323 yards and four touchdowns. Its the third time this year Bell has tossed four touchdowns in a game running his season total to 16 in five games played.
The Dolphins defense meanwhile surrendered a season low 13 points and set up short field position all afternoon for the offense by forcing five turnovers which including a fumble recovery for a touchdown by Luidji Michel in the second quarter. Anthony Joiner led the Dolphins with nine tackles forcing one fumble and recovering another.
Jacksonville was slow to get things started in the first quarter, but more than made up for it in the second. The 35 second quarter points marked the highest scoring total in school history and allowed the Dolphins a 35-6 lead at halftime.
Along with the score by Michel, Bell threw touchdown passes to Andrew Robustelli and Johnnie Hicks while Ulysses Bryant and Frantz Caudio added scores on the ground.
The third quarter proved to be more of the same as Jacksonville ripped off another 21 points. Eight different players would scored touchdowns in the game as Orlando Thomas found the end zone on a five-yard run and Bell add a 23 yard pass to D’Andre Randle and a 14 yard toss to Andy Jones.
Davidson (0-8; 0-5), which scored on a 32 yard double pass in on its opening possession would add a two yard run in the closing seconds to account for the final margin.
Jacksonville returns to action at Marist next Saturday. Catch all the action on 92.5 FM.
• Jacksonville went over 500 yards of total offense for a fifth time this season; The Dolphins entered the game ranked seventh in the nation in total offense
• The 35 second quarter points are second to the 38 points scored in the second quarter at Valparaiso in an 86-7 win on Oct. 16, 2010
• Andrew Robustelli matched a career best with six receptions
• Robustelli moved into fourth place on the Jacksonville single season list with his eighth receiving touchdown of the season
• Ulysses Bryant and Orlando Thomas are tied for a the team lead with five rushing touchdowns each this season
• Dylan Lynch extended his PAT streak to 47 straight and moved into fifth place on the Jacksonville single season scoring list with 74 points this season
• Johnnie Hicks' touchdown reception was the first touchdown catch of his career and fifth overall
• Andy Jones had a career high 84 yards on five catches