FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2003
Dolphins Open Conference Play With Arch Rival Davidson

Oct. 10, 2003

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

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GAMEDAY QUICK FACTS...

Radio: "The Winner", AM 1570 WNNR (Cole Pepper, play-by-play; Will Weatherford, color; Andrew Bianchi, sidelines). The Dolphin Pregame Show begins at 12:00 p.m.

Last Game: JU had its three-game win streak stopped bt Drake, 40-34, in Des Moines. Davidson lost to No. 1 Dayton, 32-25.

Series Record: JU leads 3-2

Last Meeting: Davidson defeated JU, 28-10, Sept. 14, 2002 in Davidson, N.C.

Up Next: The Dolphins hit the road for a PFL South game at Austin Peay. Davidson also plays a PFL South game on the road at Morehead State.

Today's Game: Jacksonville Jaguar mascot Jaxon DeVille will be on hand for a special 4-on-4 mascot football game at halftime.

GAMEDAY NOTES...

  • JU, which has never won more than three home games in a season, is looking for its first four-game home win streak. The Dolphins are also looking to surpass last year's win total of three games.

  • The Dolphins are 1-1 in Pioneer Football League openers. JU defeated then No. 3 Davidson, 45-3, in its first PFL game on Sept. 8, 2001 in Jacksonville, ending the Wildcats' nation-best 18-game win streak. It propelled JU to the PFL South championship in the Dolphins' first season in the league. In the game, Jacksonville tied an NCAA record by returning three of its five interceptions for touchdowns. Last season, Davidson beat the Dolphins, 28-10, in the PFL opener for both. Davidson went 1-2 in PFL crossover games against the North Division this season, defeating Butler, while losing to No. 1 Dayton and No. 4 San Diego.

  • Davidson is one of two teams that JU has played in each of its first six seasons of football (Austin Peay). The Dolphins beat the Wildcats, 19-14, in their first-ever intercollegiate football game on Sept. 12, 1998, in front of a standing-room-only crowd of 4,890 at D.B. Milne Field.

    DOLPHIN NOTABLES...

  • HUNTER RUNS INTO THE RECORD BOOKS... Senior RB Emmett Hunter has put together the best back-to-back rushing performances in school history running for 392 yards and 4 TD's in the last two games. He ran for 182 yards and 2 TD's against Drake after rushing a school-record 38 times for 210 yards and 2 TD's against Valparaiso. Hunter, who ranks 2nd in the PFL and 8th in Division I-AA with 131.4 yards per game, has moved into 3rd all-time at JU with 1,539 career yards, just 53 yards shy of eclipsing Jon Underhill (1,591 yds.) for 2nd place.

  • HASSE PROVIDES CONSISTENT PLAY ... Junior LB Tim Hasse has been the Dolphins most consistent defensive player this season, including a career-best 11 tackles against Drake last weekend. Hasse, who has started 15 straight games at outside linebacker, leads the team and ranks 6th in the PFL with 41 tackles (8.2/game), including 4.0 for loss. He has also forced 3 fumbles and picked off a pass. Hasse now has 105 career tackles after recording 48 stops as a sophomore.

  • EXTRA POINTS ... The Dolphins have committed just 4 turnovers in the first 5 games and rank 16th in Division I-AA with a +1.20 turnover margin... In the fourth quarter of the last 4 games, sophomore QB Mike Sturgill is 29-for-41 for 314 yards and 5 TD's...Freshman P/PK Ryan Long continues to lead the PFL in punting with a 41.5 average...The Dolphins have averaged 31.0 points in the last 4 games and are 17-of-19 in the red zone...Sophomore LB Brandon Torre had the best game of his career at Drake with 8 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks and a forced fumble.