SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2000
Football Downs Austin Peay, 28-24
Sept. 30, 2000
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville University defense forced seven turnovers and sophomore Jonathan Turner (Melbourne, Fla.) blocked a punt for a touchdown as the Dolphins claimed their first victory of the 2000 season, 28-24, over Austin Peay Saturday afternoon in heavy rains at D.B. Milne Field.
JU forced turnovers on five of Austin Peay's first six possessions of the second half. The lone drive that did not end in a turnover was when Turner broke free and blocked J.P. Hogan's punt and then recovered it in the end zone to put the Dolphins ahead, 15-12, with 9:30 left to play in the third quarter.
Junior linebacker Tommy Swindell (Edgewater, Fla.) led JU's defensive charge with 11 tackles, including three for loss and recovered a fumble. Offensively, junior running back Jon Underhill (Plantation, Fla) rushed for 97 yards on 12 carries and scored his first touchdown of the season as the Dolphins ran for a season-high 176 yards. Turner also grabbed four catches for a team-high 66 yards.
With the win, JU improves to 1-3 on the year while winning its first contest since a 48-41 double overtime win over Greensboro College on Oct. 16, 1999 - a stretch of seven games. Austin Peay falls to 0-4 on the season.
The Governors jumped out to an early 12-0 lead on a one-yard touchdown run by Jay Bailey midway through the first quarter, and a five-yard scoring run by Rory Gibbs just 51 seconds into the second stanza. But the Dolphins answered with a 10-yard touchdown strike from junior quarterback Scott Brickley (El Dorado, Kan.) to junior tight end Scott Kennedy (Tampa, Fla.) with 7:20 to play in the half, cutting the lead to 12-7.
JU took control with 9:30 to play in the third quarter courtesy of Turner's punt block and subsequent touchdown. The Dolphins continued to take advantage of Austin Peay turnovers, scoring on a one-yard run by Brickley at the 2:57 mark and a 32-yard scamper by Underhill as time expired in the third period to take a 28-12 lead into the final stanza.
The Governors came right back with scores on back-to-back possessions in the fourth quarter. Junior wide out Mike Farrell capped a 13-play, 81-yard drive with an 18-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Brian Baker with 7:46 to play in the game, and junior tight end Mike Ogg scored from four yards out with just 3:01 remaining to account for the final points.
The Dolphins return to action on Saturday, Oct. 7 when they travel to Charleston, S.C., to take on the Charleston Southern at 1:30 p.m.