Football To Host No. 4 Morehead State In Key PFL South Contest

Oct. 24, 2003


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Game Day 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 noon.

Last Game: JU recorded the first shutout in school history with a 30-0 win at Austin Peay. Morehead State defeated Davidson, 35-10, to improve to 5-0 in the last two seasons of PFL South play.

Series Record: Series tied 1-1

Last Meeting: Morehead State defeated JU, 48-14; Oct. 19, 2002 in Morehead Ky.

Up Next: The Dolphins begin a brutal stretch of two games at Florida International (Oct. 30) and Southeastern Louisiana. Morehead State hosts No. 2 Duquesne on Nov. 1.

Game Notes...

  • The Dolphins are looking for their second Pioneer Football League South title in their first three seasons in the league. If JU (1-1) beats Morehead State (2-0), and Austin Peay (0-2) beats Davidson (1-1), the Dolphins would share the PFL South Championship with Morehead State, but the Dolphins would win the head-to-head tiebreaker and advance to the PFL Championship game. If JU and Davidson win, the tiebreaker would be fewest points allowed in conference play. Morehead State can clinch its second consecutive PFL South title with a win today.

  • Today's game marks the Dolphins' sixth football Homecoming. JU is 3-2 all-time in Homecoming games, including a record-setting 58-14 win over La Salle during the inaugural 1998 season.

  • With a victory today, JU can set a school record with its fourth home win. The Dolphins' best home record prior to this season was 3-3 in 2000 and 2001. The Dolphins are also looking for their fifth win, which has happened only once - when JU finished 6-5 in 2001. This is the final non-scholarship game for JU this season, as the Dolphins close the regular-season slate against Florida International (I-AA), Southeastern Louisiana (I-AA ) and Webber International (NAIA).

    Dolphin Notables...

    Hunter Runs Into The Record Books ... Senior RB Emmett Hunter has put together the best rushing performance in school history running for 747 yards and 5 TD's in the last 4 games (210, 182, 156, 199). Hunter, who leads the PFL and ranks 2nd in Division I-AA with 144.6 yards per game, became just the second Dolphin to eclipse 1,000 yards in a season with his 199-yard performance against Austin Peay, when he carried the ball a school-record 39 times. He is just 78 yards (1,012) shy of breaking Brent Alexander's single-season record of 1,089 yards and just 196 yards shy of Alexander's career mark of 2,090. Hunter has rushed for 100 yards in 4 straight games, including 3 consecutive games with more than 150 yards rushing.

    JU To Play FIU on Statewide TV ... The Dolphins will play on the Sunshine Network for the second consecutive year when JU travels to take on Florida International, Thursday, Oct. 30th at 7 p.m. The game will air live only in South Florida because of prior contractualy obligations, but will repeat in its entirety later that night at 11:30 and again on Tues., Nov. 4 at 10 a.m. The game will also be carried live in Jacksonville on Comcast Cable Channel 57, with repeat showings scheduled for Nov. 4th and 6th at 7 p.m.

    Extra Points ... The Dolphins recorded the first shutout in school history (56 games) against Austin Peay...JU ranks 23rd in I-AA with 205.9 rushing yards per game and had a school-record 69 carries and 35 first downs against Austin Peay...The Dolphins are just 102 yards shy of the single-season record for total offense (3,435) set in 1998...Sophomore LB Brandon Torre leads the PFL with 1.6 tackles for loss per game (8.0).....Senior WR Travis Lewis is just 5 yards shy of becoming the 4th Dolphin to eclipse 1,000 career receiving yards and just 3 receptions from passing Rico Tillman for 3rd all-time with 65 career catches...QB Mike Sturgill has rushed for 181 yards in the last 3 games...RB Emmett Hunter leads I-AA with 205 rushing attempts.