SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2007
Football falls at Drake, 42-14
Oct. 27, 2007
DES MOINES, Iowa - The JU football team saw an eight point halftime lead evaporate in a sea of blue as Drake score a school record 29 points in the third quarter as the Bulldogs cruised to a 42-14 win at Drake Stadium on Saturday.
Scott Phaydavong rushed for 208 yards on 23 carries, his sixth career 200-yard rushing effort, and two touchdowns to lead the Drake (6-3, 3-2 PFL) offensive attack that scored 14 points off five JU turnovers.
The Dolphins (2-6, 1-4 PFL) got 67 yards rushing from Rudell Small in the first half before an ankle injury sidelined him in the second half. Chris Horton completed 14-of-27 passing for 167 yards, but threw three interceptions.
"We didn't play very well in the second half and that is a credit to Drake because they wanted it more than us," said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. "We came out flat in the second half and they took it to us."
JU struck early and held a 14-0 lead midway through the second quarter, but the Bulldogs fought back by scoring 42 unanswered to win the game, including the record setting third quarter effort.
The Bulldogs finished the game with 453 yards of total offense, with 255 of that coming on the ground. Phaydavong's effort was the first time the Dolphins had allowed a 200-yard rushing game since Phaydavong's performance a year ago in Jacksonville.
JU got on the board with the first score of the game on a 3-yard touchdown run by Small with 4:32 left in the first quarter to put the Dolphins on top 7-0.
JU went back to Small to go ahead 14-0 early in the second quarter, scoring on a 2-yard run with 9:12 left in the first half after the Dolphins' Tyler Thomas recovered a fumbled punt return.
The Bulldogs closed the half with two Logan Rees field goals from 20 and 32, the last coming with just 31 seconds left in the half to cut the lead to 14-6 at the intermission.
Drake opened the second half by marching 63 yards down the field on eight plays, with Phaydavong scoring from 2-yards out, to cut the Dolphins' lead to one, 14-13.
The Bulldogs took their first lead of the game as Phaydavong scored on a 61-yard carry, pushing him over 1,000 yards rushing for the fourth consecutive season. Drake got the 2-point conversion to take a 21-14 lead with less than five minutes left in the third quarter.
Drake extended its lead by converting a controversial JU fumble into seven points. Cole Ingle hooked up with Travis Hardgraves from 26 yards out as the Bulldogs went ahead, 28-14, with 1:22 left in the third.
The breaks continued to break against the Dolphins as Drake blocked a Donovan Curry punt, returned it to the JU 2-yard line with Michael Bialas rushing in on the first play to give the Bulldogs 29 points in the third quarter and a 35-14 lead.
The fourth quarter didn't start much better as the Bulldogs cashed in a Chris Horton interception, with Ingle hooking up with Zach Brower from 10 yards out to put Drake ahead 42-14 with 11:38 left in the game.
Robson Noel led the JU defense with 11 tackles, the fifth time this season he has racked up double figures in tackles. He now has 70 tackles on the season and is in fifth place on JU's single-season tackle list.
The Dolphins return home to start a three-game homestand to finish the season, starting with Valparaiso on Saturday at D.B. Milne Field. Kickoff is set for Noon.