Dolphins Prepare For Coastal Carolina On Saturday

Sept. 19, 2003


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

Last Game: JU (1-1) posted the greatest comeback in school history in a 42-38 win over Wingate. Coastal Carolina (1-1) lost its first game, 31-6, to Morehead State.

Series Record: First Meeting

Up Next: The Dolphins host Valparaiso from the PFL North Division in a non-conference game at noon. Coastal Carolina plays at North Greenville.

Today's Game: Saturday's game sponsor is Lakeshore Radiator and Specialty Auto Parts. It also marks the first-ever road game for Coastal Carolina football.


  • After winning the home opener last weekend over Wingate, 42-38, the Dolphins will try to go 2-0 at home for the first time since the 2001 season when JU beat No. 3 Davidson and Morehead State to open the home schedule. The Dolphins have never started the season 3-0 at home.

  • JU and Coastal Carolina have two common opponents. The Chanticleers lost to Morehead State, 31-6, last weekend; and play at Davidson on Nov. 8. Both common opponents are members of the PFL South Division and both schools play at Jacksonville this year.

  • Coastal Carolina is one of three first-year programs the Dolphins play this season. JU also plays at Southeastern Louisiana, which is playing its first season of football since 1985, and Webber International, a first-year NAIA program from Babson Park, Fla. The Dolphins also played Florida Atlantic in its first season in 2001 and Florida International during its inaugural campaign in 2002.


  • MILESTONE VICTORY ... JU's 42-38, come-from-behind victory over Wingate was a milestone win for the Dolphin football program. JU erased an early 21-0 deficit with 28 fourth-quarter points to record the greatest comeback in school history as the Dolphins posted their sixth win over a scholarship program. JU racked up 512 yards of total offense against the Bulldogs, thanks in part to a career-best 141 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries by senior RB Emmett Hunter. Senior WR Travis Lewis also had a career day with five catches for 130 yards and a score, while sophomore QB Mike Sturgill threw for 243 yards and three scores. Perhaps the unsung heroes were sophomore QB Kevin Haggerty, who came off the bench for the injured Sturgill to complete 4-of-4 passes for 65 yards as the Dolphins marched down the field in the fourth quarter, and junior LB Adam Griffin, who caused and recovered the game-sealing fumble with 37 seconds to play.

  • LAST FOUR WINS AGAINST SCHOLARSHIP TEAMS ... JU is a non-scholarship football program, but you wouldn't know it by the Dolphins' recent success. The last four wins for JU have been over scholarship programs, including all three victories during the 2002 season. The Dolphins have six wins against scholarship teams all-time: 3 vs. Division II schools, 2 vs. NAIA schools and 1 vs. a Division I-AA school. Last year, JU defeated Lenoir-Rhyne (D-II), Edward Waters (NAIA) and Charleston Southern (I-AA).