Football Falls At Davidson, 36-7

Sept. 9, 2000

Box Score

DAVIDSON, N.C. - Running back Bryan Fish had 143 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries, while quarterback Paul Nichols completed 22-of-34 passes for 255 yards and a score as Davidson defeated the Dolphins, 36-7, Saturday afternoon at Richardson Stadium.

JU safety Tyrone Wright tied a school record with two interceptions, but it was not enough as Davidson tallied 424 yards of total offense. The JU offense, meanwhile, never got in rhythm and finished the afternoon with just 69 yards.

The loss dropped the Dolphins to 0-2 on the year and marked the first time in school history that Davidson defeated JU on the gridiron. JU defeated the Wildcats in their inaugural game in 1998, 19-14, and spoiled the dedication of then-new Richardson Stadium in 1999, 20-15.

Davidson, which played its first game of the 2000 season on Saturday, handed first-year head coach Joe Susan his first collegiate win as the Wildcats tied a school record with eight consecutive wins dating back to last season.

The Dolphins' lone score of the day was set up by Wright's first interception. Taking over at the Davidson 45-yard line, the Dolphins took eight plays and 2:48 to drive the short field as running back Greg Portee bolted into the endzone from 11 yards out with 2:06 to play in the first quarter to tie the score at 7-7.

But that would be all for the Dolphins' offense as Davidson would go on to score 29 unanswered points.

Special teams miscues cost the Dolphins early in the contest as Davidson's Ryan Crawford put the Wildcats on the board with an 86-yard touchdown return on the games opening kickoff. Then, 10 seconds into the second quarter, JU punter Brett Keener could not handled a low snap and was tackled in the endzone by Davidson's Ryan Hutto for a safety.

Daniel Hanks added a 33-yard field goal with 1:58 to play in the half, and the Davidson offense executed a two-minute drill to near perfection and took a 20-7 lead into the locker room thanks to a two-yard pass from Nichols to wideout Corey Crawford with just six seconds remaining in the first half.

Fish continued the scoring for the Wildcats with a nine-yard jaunt midway through the third quarter and Hanks added a 21-yard field goal with 4:47 to go in the contest. Running back Brian Fork closed out the scoring with an eight-yard touchdown run with 1:35 left to play.