Dophins Fall To Lenoir-Rhyne, 24-14, In Football Season Opener

Sept. 2, 2000

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Jameil Surratt rushed for three first-half touchdowns Saturday to power Lenoir-Rhyne to a 24-14 win over host Jacksonville University.

Surratt's three TD runs of 4, 6 and 1 yards came on the heels of a 193-yard, four-touchdown effort the previous week against Concord College. The sophomore tailback finished with 96 yards on 27 carries against the Dolphins.

Jacksonville (0-1) turned the ball over seven times and accumulated 10 penalties.

The Dolphins struck first after the Bears fumbled the opening kickoff and JU recovered on the 15 yard line. Five plays later, Brent Alexander went in from two yards out and the Dolphins led 7-0, four minutes into the game.

An Alexander fumble inside the 30 led to Surratt's first score. On Jacksonville's next possession, a Gary Cooper pass was intercepted by Tarryl Meeks and returned to the 35. Seven plays later, Surratt went in from six yards out for a 14-7 Bears lead.

The Dolphins tied it on Brett Palmi's 64 yard punt return, the first such scoring play in school history.

Lenoir-Rhyme (2-0) then put together it's only lengthy drive of the day, a 77-yard, 12 play march culminated by Surratt's 1-yard plunge.

Late in the first half, the Bears' Bryce Rieger kicked a 26-yard field goal to complete the scoring for the day.

The defensive units dominated play in the scoreless second half, Lenoir-Rhyme managing just 125 yards of offense while the Dolphins gained 160.