Football Looks To Bounce Back Against FIU On Thursday Night

Oct. 29, 2003

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TV: Sunshine Network/ Comcast Cable Channel 57 (Eric Reid, play-by-play; Brady Ackerman, color; Whit Watson, sidelines)

Radio: "The Winner", AM 1570 WNNR (Cole Pepper, play-by-play; Will Weatherford, color) The Dolphin Pregame Show begins at 6:30 p.m.

Last Game: JU dropped a hearbreaker to No. 4 Morehead State, 20-16, in PFL South Division action. Florida International recorded its first win of the season, 34-23, over Holy Cross on Homecoming.

Series Record: Florida International leads 1-0

Last Meeting: Florida International defeated JU, 39-6; Oct. 31, 2002 in Miami.

Up Next: The Dolphins play at Southeastern Louisiana in the 2nd of 3 scholarship games to end the season. FIU heads to the Bayou to play Louisiana-Lafayette.


  • Dating back to the 2001 season, 5 JU's last 7 wins have been against scholarship programs, including 2 straight over I-AA scholarship teams (Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina). JU is also looking for its fifth win overall, which has happened only once - when the Dolphins finished 6-5 in 2001. JU is 0-1 all-time on live TV and 0-3 all-time in night games. The Dolphins are 1-2 against teams from the state of Florida, having lost at Florida Atlantic and Florida International, while beating Edward Waters.

  • The Dolphins are scheduled fo play Florida International again in 2004 on Thursday, Oct. 28.

  • Today's game is the 1st of 3 straight games against scholarship programs for the Dolphins to close out the season: Florida International (I-AA), Southeastern Louisiana (I-AA ) and Webber International (NAIA). JU also played 3 scholarship teams to open the season, finishing 2-1. The Dolphins have 7 wins all-time against scholarship opponents.


    Hunter Runs Into The Record Books ... With his record fifth consecutive 100-yard rushing effort last Saturday, senior RB Emmett Hunter broke the JU single-season rushing record with 1,158 yards, while shattering the single-season record for rushing attempts with 235. Hunter rushed for 146 yards on 30 carries to eclipse Brent Alexander's previous mark of 1,089 yards, which was accomplished in 11 games. Hunter also broke the JU record for rushing attempts with 520 in just his third season and became just the second player in school history (Alexander) to rush for more than 2,000 yards. With three games to play, he has 2,040 career rushing yards, just 50 shy of Alexander's career mark of 2,090 yards and needs 4 TD's in the last 3 games to equal Alexander's record of 12 rushing TD's from 2001. Hunter currently ranks 2nd in the Pioneer Football League and 4th in Division I-AA with 144.8 yards per game.

    Torre On A Tear ... Redshirt Sophomore LB Brandon Torre has been on a tear since missing the first two games of the season with a knee injury. Torre has 41 tackles in the last 6 games (7.3/game), including a PFL-best 12 tackles for loss and a team-best 4.0 sacks. He recorded a career-best 14 tackles against No. 4 Morehead State, including 4.0 stops behind the line of scrimmage. Torre has also broken up 4 passes and forced 2 fumbles since returning to the lineup.

    Extra Points ... JU ranks 20th in I-AA with 210.8 rushing yards per game...JU needs just 163 yards of total offense to break the school single-season record of 3,435 from 1998... Senior WR Travis Lewis became just the 4th Dolphin to eclipse 1,000 career receiving yards and needs just 2 receptions to pass Rico Tillman for 3rd all-time with 65 career catches...QB Mike Sturgill has thrown a school-record 14 TD passes this season and has 25 career TD passes in less than 2 full seasons...RB Emmett Hunter leads I-AA with 235 rushing attempts...After forcing 4 turnovers against Morehead State, JU ranks 19th in I-AA with a +1.0 turnover margin.