SATURDAY, OCTOBER 07, 2000
Dolphins Fall To Charleston Southern
Oct. 7, 2000
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - Junior quarterback Scott Brickley came off the bench to complete 13-of-18 passes for 126 yards and a touchdown, and the Dolphins blocked a punt for a touchdown for the second consecutive game, but it wasn't enough to erase a strong second half by Charleston Southern as JU fell to the Buccaneers, 28-22, before a homecoming crowd of 3,698 at CSU Stadium.
Brickley, who entered the game for injured starter Gary Cooper midway through the third quarter, also ran for a score as he helped JU reduce an 18-point deficit (28-10) with back-to-back touchdowns in the final 3:29 of the game.
After falling behind 28-10 at the 13:05 mark of the fourth quarter following a one-yard TD run by Charleston Southern's Antonio Singleton, the Dolphins answered with a nine-play, 80-yard drive of their own capped by a six-yard TD pass from Brickley to Jonathan Turner with 3:29 to play.
JU recovered the ensuing on-side kick and Brickley scored from one yard out with 18 seconds left to cap an eight-play, 67-yard drive and narrow the Buccaneer lead to 28-22.
JU stunned CSU to open the game taking a 10-0 lead and dominating the first half of play. Brett Keener connected on his first field goal of the season from 32 yards out on the Dolphins' opening drive to give JU a 3-0 lead with 9:31 to play in the first quarter. The Jacksonville defense held the Buccaneers to three consecutive three-and-outs to start the game, setting the stage for JU's third blocked punt of the season. Sophomore wide receiver Scott Moats broke through CSU's line and blocked Jason Trussell's punt allowing Jeremy Kearson to recover the ball in the end zone to give the Dophins a 10-0 lead with 2:35 to play in the first quarter.
Charleston Southern had an eight-play, 60-yard drive to end the half, but JU's Tyrone Wright picked off Jake Sill's pass in the end zone with 34 seconds remaining in the second quarter.