Football Falls to Virginia-Wise, 24-14

Oct. 21, 2000

Box Score

WISE, Va. - Junior running back Jon Underhill (Plantation, Fla.) had 108 yards of total offense, including 74 rushing yards on eight carries, but it was not enough as the Jacksonville University football team lost to Virginia-Wise, 24-14, Saturday afternoon at Carl Smith Stadium.

With the loss, JU falls to 1-5 on the year while Virginia-Wise improves to 3-5. The Dolphins were not without their offensive highlights, however, as wide receiver Brett Palmi (Lakeworth, Fla.) had 100-yard outing with seven receptions for 106 yards. Jonathan Turner (Melbourne, Fla.) had 56 yards on three catches, and Shane Brown (Miami, Fla.) had five catches for 60 yards. Running back Brent Alexander (Tampa, Fla.) had 70 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries on the afternoon.

Quarterback Scott Brickley (El Dorado, Kan.), completed 23 of a school-record 52 passes for 287 yards, but his three interceptions were costly as the Highland Cavaliers capitalized on Dolphin turnovers.

On the fourth play from scrimmage, Brickley was sacked and fumbled at his own 42 yard line. Defensive end Sam Wharton recovered the fumble at the JU 21 and Virginia-Wise took a 7-0 lead on a one-yard scoring run by Larry Oliver two plays later.

JU would respond with a four-play, 35 yard touchdown drive, capped off by Alexander's three-yard touchdown run with 7:14 left to play in the first quarter.

Special teams cost the Dolphins a possession and gave Virginia-Wise a short field when Russell Cheatham couldn't cover a Highland Cavalier punt at the Dolphin 22 yard line. Virginia-Wise recovered the loose ball, and kicker Brian Stainker gave the Highland Cavaliers a 10-7 halftime lead with a 27-yard field goal on the ensuing possession.

UV-Wise opened the scoring in the second half with a 21-yard scoring strike from Adam Artrip to Patrick Williams with 6:48 to play in the third quarter. The Highland Cavaliers took a 24-6 lead with 13:55 to play in the game when Oliver capped a 3-play, 43-yard drive with a four-yard touchdown plunge.

JU cut the lead to 24-14 when Alexander scored on a two-yard touchdown run with 5:24 to play, but that was as close as the Dolphins would get as they dropped their second straight contest.