FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2003
Dolphins Look For Third-Straight Win At Home

Sept. 26, 2003

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

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GAMEDAY QUICK FACTS...

Radio: "The Winner", AM 1570 WNNR (Cole Pepper, play-by-play; Jamie Zeitz, color; Andrew Bianchi, sidelines). The Dolphin Pregame Show begins at 11:30 a.m.

Last Game: JU defeated its fifth-straight scholarship team with a 14-9 win over Coastal Carolina. Valpo downed St. Francis (Pa.), 38-6, at home for its third-straight win.

Series Record: First Meeting

Up Next: The Dolphins head to Des Moines to face Drake from the PFL North. Valpo hosts Morehead State from the PFL South for its homecoming contest.

Today's Game: Saturday's game sponsor is Windsor Parke Golf Club. The halftime entertainment will be the Frisbee Freestyle Rebels.

GAME NOTES...

  • After winning their first two home games, the Dolphins look to improve to 3-0 at home for the first time ever. JU has never won more than three home games in a season. The Dolphins are also looking to win three-straight games for the first time since opening the 2001 season 4-0. Saturday's forecast calls for a high of 87 degrees. Last weekend's temperature at kickoff was 90 degrees in Jacksonville, while the temperature in Valparaiso, Ind., was 64 degrees.

  • JU and Valparaiso have three common opponents this season: Drake, Morehead St. and Austin Peay. Valpo has already defeated Austin Peay, 38-14, and will host both Morehead St. and Drake. JU will play at Drake an Austin Peay, but hosts MSU on Oct. 25.

  • Another thing the Dolphins and the Crusaders have in common is their Homecoming opponent - Morehead State. Both teams will have their hands full with the defending PFL South Champions as the Eagles are ranked No. 7 in the latest Sports Network Mid-Major Top 10 Poll.

    DOLPHIN NOTABLES...

    DEFENSIVE IMPROVEMENT ... The Dolphin defense has settled down after a rough start. After surrendering 55 points in the first six quarters of the season, JU has allowed just 16 points in the last six quarters dating back to halftime of the Wingate game when the Dolphins trailed 31-14. JU shut down the Bulldogs in the second half, limiting Wingate to just seven second-half points en route to a 42-38 win. JU allowed just nine points in the 14-9 win over Coastal Carolina, the fewest points the Dolphins have allowed in 21 games dating back to a 38-7 win at Austin Peay in 2001.

    WILLIAMS SHOULDERS THE LOAD ... Senior FS Charlton Williams knew he would have to shoulder the load of a young JU secondary this season. The Preseason I-AA Mid-Major All-American has lived up to the pressure by leading the team and ranking fourth in the PFL with 26 tackles (8.7/game), including 20 solo stops, while breaking up a team-best four passes. Williams had a team-best 11 tackles in JU's 14-9 win over Coastal Carolina.

    EXTRA POINTS... JU's last five wins have been over scholarship programs...The Dolphins have just one turnover in the first three games after committing 26 turnovers in 2002...Sophomore QB Mike Sturgill is 14-for-19 for 197 yards and 3 TDs in the fourth quarter of the last two games...JU ranks 24th in Division I-AA with a +1.0 turnover Margin...Freshman punter Ryan Long continues to lead the PFL in punting with a 42.3 average...Kicker Ross Shmunes has connected on a school-record 21-of-21 extra-point attempts dating back to last season...Senior RB Emmett Hunter has moved into third place all-time at JU with 1,147 career rushing yards.