Dolphins fall to No. 25 San Diego, 62-23

Oct. 21, 2007

Box Score

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Ranked in the top 25 for the first time this season, San Diego showed why they are considered one of the top teams in the country on Saturday night at Torero Stadium.

The Toreros (7-0, 4-0 PFL) put up 28 points in the first quarter and never looked back in knocking off the JU (2-5, 1-3 PFL) football team, 62-23.

In one half of action, Josh Johnson boosted his campaign for the Walter Payton Award by completing 17-of-22 for 249 yards and five touchdowns. He rushed seven times for 55 yards for another score as well.

"San Diego is a top-25 team and they showed why tonight," said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. "You have to give them credit. They executed to perfection tonight and took it right to us.

"They are the type of program that we want to be and the type of program that we are working to be. We're going to go back to work on Monday and try to finish the season with some momentum."

San Diego scored on all eight of its first half possession in racking up a 56-14 lead at the intermission. The Toreros piled up 26 first downs in the opening 30 minutes and had 380 yards of total offense.

Nate Conner recorded two touchdown receptions to move into a tie for second on JU's all-time receiving touchdowns list with 12. He finished the game with four receptions for 23 yards and now just two more touchdowns to tie Jon Turner atop the list.

Another receiver moved up the all-time lists as Geavon Tribble jumped into sixth place on the all-time receiving yards list, passing Rico Tillman with four catches for 64 yards.

The Toreros scored the first 14 points of the game on Johnson touchdown passes, the first a 3-yard pass to J.T. Rogan and the second a 45-yard connection with Godfrey Smith.

The Dolphins answered with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Chris Horton to Nate Conner to cut the deficit to 14-7 with 4:53 left in the first quarter.

San Diego put two more touchdowns on the board before the first quarter ended on the ground. Johnson scored on rush from 12 yards out and Rogan got into the end zone for the first time in the game with a 15-yard run.

Rogan got on the board again to start the scoring in the second quarter, scoring from 13-yards out to make the score 35-7.

Jacksonville got back on the board again with Horton hooking up with Tribble on a 20-yard pass to cut the deficit to 21.

San Diego went on to score the final 21 points of the half, all on Johnson passes. He hit Wes Doyle on a 9-yard score first, followed that with a 15-yarder to John Matthews and completed his night with an 8-yard score to Kenny Stivers.

Conner scored his second touchdown of the night, connecting on a 1-yard pass from Eric Stepelton in the fourth for the final margin.

The 62 points for the Toreros ties the most points allowed in JU history, equaling the 62 scored by Wagner in 1998.

Erik Stepelton came in during the third quarter and had an impressive outing, completing 11-of-17 for 106 yards and his second career touchdown pass. Tommie Rogers led the rushing attack with six carries for 60 yards.

The Dolphins hit the road for the final time on Saturday as they face PFL rival Drake.