Football Ranked No. 9 In Sports Network I-AA Mid-Major Top-10 Poll

Sept. 29, 2003

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - For the first time in 15 weeks, Jacksonville University has entered the Sports Network I-AA Mid-Major Top-10 Poll after being voted No. 9 following the Dolphins' third-straight win on Saturday. JU is off to a 3-1 start after its 34-27 win over then No. 9 Valparaiso as the Dolphins prepare to take on Drake (2-3) in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday at 2 p.m. EST. It is the first time JU has been in the top 10 since Sept. 6 of last season. The Dolphins are also ranked No. 8 in the College Sports Report Top 20 and No. 12 in Don Hansen's Weekly Football Gazette Top 20.

JU's 34-27 win over Valpo was the first for the Dolphins in six tries against a Pioneer Football League North opponent and its first three-game home win streak ever. It was also the third consecutive fourth-quarter come-from-behind win for the Dolphins as JU scored the game-winning touchdown with 2:24 to play in the fourth quarter. Senior running back Emmett Hunter (Largo, Fla.) paced the Dolphins with a career-best 210 yards on 38 carries and two touchdowns in the victory.

Dayton remains No. 1 in the poll following a 47-6 win over Saint Peter's, marking its seventh consecutive week atop the poll. The Flyers have won 13-straight games dating back to last season, the longest in Division I-AA.

The Sports Network I-AA Mid-Major Top-10 poll includes the 23 programs of the MAAC, NEC and Pioneer Football League, which play at a non-scholarship or limited scholarship level.

The Sports Network Mid-Major Top-10 Poll (1st place votes)

Team Record 1. Dayton (32) 5-0 2. Monmouth 4-0 3. Duquesne 2-2 4. San Diego 3-1 5. Albany 2-2 6. Morehead St. 2-2 7. Stony Brook 2-1 8. Sacred Heart 3-1 9. Jacksonville 3-1 10. Marist 3-1

Dropped Out: No. 9 Valparaiso, No. 10 Wagner Others Receiving Votes (in order of points, min. 5 required): Robert Morris