THURSDAY, OCTOBER 04, 2007
JU looking for turnaround at Dayton
Oct. 4, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A week ago, JU and Dayton were both looking to start Pioneer Football League play out on the right foot.
This Saturday, the two schools have their backs against the wall as they face each other at 1 p.m. (CST) at Welcome Stadium.
Both teams are coming off stunning losses.
Jacksonville saw Davidson rally for 20 unanswered points in the second half for a 20-10 win. Dayton and Morehead State traded touchdowns in the fourth quarter, combining to score 42 points, as the Eagles pulled out a 42-35 win at home.
"We've had a good week of practice and our focus has been really sharp this week," said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. "Our guys know that we have to execute every play like it was the last, and so far, we've done that in practice."
The Dolphins (1-3, 0-1 PFL) had a 10-0 lead at the half against Davidson, led by the ground game. Freshman running back Tommie Rogers had piled up more than 100 rushing yards in the opening 30 minutes.
But the second half saw JU struggle offensively as the Dolphins had just 120 yards of total offense.
While Davidson was making its rally, Dayton was in the midst of a high-scoring affair at Morehead State.
Dayton quarterback Kevin Hoyng set the school record for touchdown passes as he threw for five in the game while attempting 50 passes, the school record for a single game.
The record setting effort from Hoyng wasn't enough to offset two Morehead State touchdown drives in the final four minutes - including the game-winner with 1:16 left in the game.
The Flyers pass defense gave up 371 yards as MSU quarterback Brian Yost was 22-of-29 passing, tossing five touchdowns.
With that as the background, Saturday's game is pivotal for both teams in the chase for the PFL title.
"We've told our guys all week that we can overcome a setback like last week and still accomplish some great things," Bell said.
The game will be broadcast on 1010XL, with Barry Milligan calling the play-by-play. Fans can also watch the game through Dayton's website at www.DaytonFlyers.com.