FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2000
Football Falls To Fairfield At Disney Sports Complex, 38-16
Nov. 24, 2000
ORLANDO, Fla. - Stag running back Matt Costanzo ran for a career-high 218 yards as Fairfield defeated Jacksonville, 38-16, Friday night in the first-ever college football game played at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex.
JU quarterback Scott Brickley completed 30-of-48 passes for 235 yards and one touchdown, but it was not enough to overcome Castonzo's powerful running and five Dolphin turnovers. Brickley completed passes to eight different receivers, including Brett Palmi who had a game-high nine catches for 75 yards, and Corey Donnell who caught a 14-yard touchdown reception in his final collegiate game.
Fairfield's Mike Cerchio completed 12-of-29 passes for 249 yards for the Stags, including a 46-yard pass to Jacksonville native Steven Hadley. Hadley led all players with 112 yards receiving.
JU forced the game's first turnover when defensive tackle Justin Yowell recovered a fumble by Hadley just 31 seconds into the game. The Dolphins', however, returned the favor 1:07 later when Mike Duggan recovered a JU fumble at the Fairfield 10. Ten plays and 82 yards later, placekicker Steve Mirasolo was true from 26 yards out to give the Stags a 3-0 lead.
Two drives later, JU took the lead when Brickley scored on a one-yard quarterback sneak to give the Dolphins a 7-3 lead with under two minutes to play in the first quarter.
After a two-yard scoring run by Fairfield's Jason Hannold gave the Stags a 10-7 lead with 12:50 to play in the first half, JU turned the ball over deep in their own territory when Ayoola Olaknye picked off an errant Brickley pass and returned it 16 yards to the Dolphin 3 yard line. On the very next play, Fairfield made it count when Hannold scored his second touchdown of the contest.
The Dolphins appeared to halt another Stag scoring drive when Tyrone Wright blocked a 45-yard field goal attempt, but the ball touched Wright's leg downfield and Fairfield's Adam Ferreri recovered at the JU nine to keep the threat alive. Two plays later, Cerchio scored on a seven-yard run to give Fairfield a 24-7 lead.
JU got some momentum before the halftime buzzer when Brett Keener drilled a 32-yard field goal to cut the lead to 24-10.
The two teams went scoreless through the third quarter, but the Stags increased their lead to 31-10 on a three-yard run by Ferreri. JU cut the lead to 31-16 on Donnell's touchdown with 5:20 left to play, but Fairfield put an exclamation point on the win with Hadley's scoring catch just 12 seconds later.
JU concludes its season with a 3-8 mark, while Fairfield improved to 8-2 after winning its final eight games of the season.