SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 04, 2000
Football Falls At Drake, 42-0
Nov. 4, 2000
DES MOINES, Iowa - Free safety Tyrone Wright had 10 tackles and linebacker Tommy Swindell set the Jacksonville University career tackles record, but it was not enough as the Drake Bulldogs defeated the Dolphins, 42-0, Saturday afternoon at Drake Stadium.
The shutout loss, the first in the three-year history of the JU football program, dropped the Dolphins to 2-6 on the year while Drake improved to 7-2. Swindell's eight tackles give him 69 tackles for the 2000 season, breaking the former record of 68 set by former Dolphin cornerback Eric Wells in 1998.
"They totally dominated the line of scrimmage, both offensively and defensively," JU head coach Steve Gilbert said. "They're by far the best team we've played this season. Drake's ability to control the line of scrimmage in the second half kept us from getting any momentum. But we're not giving up on the season. We've got three opponents left and they're at the same level that we are. We plan to simply go out there and win."
Bulldog quarterback Ira Vandever threw a pair of touchdowns and ran for another as Drake rolled up 471 yards of total offense. The JU offense, meanwhile, struggled throughout the contest and managed just 190 yards on the day and turned the ball over three times.
Drake's defense limited the Dolphins to just one first down in the first quarter as linebacker Matthew Seamer tallied six tackles, including four sacks for 36 yards lost, a fumble recovery and a pass break up. The JU defense was not without its stars, however, as linebackers Dan Irby and Pete Satur each had seven tackles as the Dolphins tallied five sacks on the afternoon.
Dolphin quarterback Scott Brickley completed 10-of-23 passes for 112 yards before getting injured midway through the third quarter.
Drake opened the scoring with 6:38 to play in the opening stanza when Vandever completed a 27-yard scoring strike to Bill Martin to cap a seven-play, 77-yard drive. Vandever also rifled a 15-yard touchdown toss to Aaron Overton in the third quarter, and scored on a three-yard run with 12 seconds left in the third period.
A 14-yard interception return by linebacker J.P. Murawski to the JU 24 yard line set up Drake's second touchdown on a six-yard scoring plunge from LaRon McKinnis with 8:27 to play in the first half. Phil Joseph closed out the scoring in the first half with a 44-yard jaunt with 6:18 to play in the second quarter.
Kicker Billy Cundiff drilled a 52-yard field goal to open the second-half scoring, and Rany Wilharber closed out the scoring with a one-yard touchdown run with less than four minutes to play in the contest.
The Dolphins return to action on Saturday, Nov. 11 when the celebrate Homecoming 2000 against Wagner at 1 p.m. at D.B. Milne Field.