SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2000
Dolphins Fall Short Against Tusculum In Football, 13-6
Sept. 16, 2000
The Jacksonville defense allowed a season-low 221 yards and junior quarterback Scott Brickley (El Dorado, Kan.) threw for a career-best 210 yards, but it was not enough as the Dolphins fell to Tusculum College, 13-6, Saturday afternoon at D.B. Milne Field.
JU (0-3) had a chance to tie the game in the fourth quarter with deep drives into Pioneer territory, but Tusculum (3-1) turned away the Dolphins each time to hang on for the win. The Dolphins had fourth quarter drives stall at the Pioneer 33, 16 and 6 yard lines as the Tusculum defense forced two turnovers on downs and picked off a pass in the end zone to halt the JU threats.
Former All-American Justin Yowell (Parkland, Fla.) paced the Dolphin defense with eight tackles and two sacks as JU recorded 14 tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
Brickley, who made his first start subbing for injured starter Gary Cooper, completed 19 passes on a school-record 43 attempts, including an 18-yard touchdown strike to Brett Palmi (Lakeworth, Fla.) on the Dolphins' opening drive as JU took a 6-0 lead with 10:20 to play in the first quarter. Palmi had four receptions for a game-high 72 yards as nine different Dolphin receivers had a reception. Junior running back Brent Alexander (Tampa, Fla.) ran for 43 yards on 15 carries as JU outgained the Pioneers, 236-221, despite playing without three starters on the offensive line.
Tusculum widout J.R. Wooten grabbed a 25-yard scoring strike from Caleb Slover at the 14:07 mark of the third quarter to give the Pioneers a 10-6 lead, and TC place kicker Paul Czemiak connected on a school-record 52-yarder nine minutes later to give Tusculum 13-6 lead. Sophomore running back Aaron Claridy had a game-high 128 yards rushing as the Pioneers outgained the Dolphins, 116-26, on the ground.
JU returns to action in two weeks against Austin Peay on Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. at D.B. Milne Field.