SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2003
Dolphins Blank Austin Peay, 30-0, For Key PFL Win
Oct. 18, 2003
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Senior running back Emmett Hunter (Largo, Fla.) rushed for 199 yards on a school-record 39 carries, and the JU defense posted its first first-ever shutout, as the Dolphins dominated Austin Peay, 30-0, in Pioneer Football League South Division action at Governor Stadium. Its JU's best defensive effort since beating the Governors, 38-7, two years ago on the same field to claim the 2001 Pioneer Football League South Division Championship, and the first time since 1989 that Austin Peay (2-6, 0-2 PFL) has suffered consecutive shutouts. The Dolphins had never shut out an opponent in the 56-game history of the program. With the win, JU improves to 4-3 overall, 1-1 in the PFL as the Dolphins prepare to host No. 6 Morehead State next Saturday on homecoming with a chance to claim their second PFL South title.
Hunter posted a school-record fourth consecutive 100-yard effort, and became just the fourth player in school history to eclipse 1,000 yards rushing as the Dolphins posted the second-best rushing effort in school history with 370 yards on a school-record 69 carries. With four regular-season games remaining, Hunter has 1,012 yards and is just 77 yards shy of the JU single-season record (1,089) and just 196 yards shy of the Dolphins all-time rushing record of 2,090 yards.
The Dolphins had 497 yards of total offense, controlled the ball for more than 35 minutes, and were forced to punt just once on the afternoon. Sophomore quarterback Mike Sturgill (Vero Beach, Fla.) rushed for a career-best 68 yards for the third-straight game, while redshirt sophomore Chad Davis (Tallahassee, Fla.) had a season-best 49 yards rushing and caught three passes for 38 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, JU allowed a season-low 276 yards of total offense, including just 93 yards on the ground and forced three turnovers. Defensive backs Bryan Flowers (Delray Beach, Fla.), Charlton Williams (Lynn Haven, Fla.) and Emile Duvernois (Boynton, Fla.) had six tackles a piece to lead the Dolphins, while sophomore strong safety Matt Kampfe (West Linn, Ore.) picked off a pass in the end zone to preserve the shutout in the first half and cornerback Curtis Mays (Jacksonville/Terry Parker) picked off a pass at the JU 19-yard line late in the fourth quarter.
JU took a 3-0 first-quarter lead on a 31-yard field goal from Jason Bense (Panama City, Fla.). The Dolphins extended the lead to 10-0 when Davis turned a Sturgill screen pass into an 18-yard touchdown with 28 seconds to play in the first half. The Dolphins took advantage of a short Governor punt early in the third quarter, driving 51 yards on seven plays to take a 17-0 lead when sophomore fullback Steven Battle (Jacksonville/Raines) scored on an 11-yard run for his first career touchdown.
The fourth quarter was all Jacksonville as the Dolphins scored on two long drives following two clutch defensive plays. JU stuffed Austin Peay on a 4th-and-3 from the Dolphin 21-yard line and then drove 81 yards on 10 plays and scored an 18-yard touchdown pass from Sturgill to Travis Lewis (Crescent City, Fla.) with 10 minutes to play in the game. The Dolphins added to the lead following Mays' interception with a 10-play, 65-yard drive capped by a 14-yard touchdown run by Sturgill at the 1:43 mark of the fourth quarter. JU recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff to seal the shutout.
The Dolphins will face Morehead State, which is 2-0 in the PFL South following today's 35-10 win over Davidson, next Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at D.B. Milne Field. Davidson (3-5, 1-1 PFL) will host Austin Peay.