SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 08, 2003
Dolphins Fall To Southeastern Louisiana, 43-23, In Bayou Shootout
Nov. 8, 2003
HAMMOND, La. - The Jacksonville offense put up 444 yards of total offense, including a school-record 389 yards passing, but the Dolphins managed just 55 yards on the ground and couldn't contain the high-powered attack of Southeastern Louisiana as the Lions threw for 412 yards in a 43-23 win over JU in front of 9,758 fans at Strawberry Stadium. It was the second straight loss for the Dolphins against a Division I-AA scholarship program and the fifth game against a scholarship team this season. JU falls to 4-6 overall, while Southeastern Louisiana improves to 4-7.
The Lions limited JU to a season-low 55 yards rushing on 22 carries, including just 15 yards on 15 carries from senior running back Emmett Hunter (Largo, Fla.), who entered the game fourth in I-AA in rushing with 140.7 yards per game. The Dolphins completed 29 of a school-record 59 passes for 389 yards and three touchdowns. Ten different receivers caught passes for JU in the game, including a career-best eight catches for 114 yards and a score by sophomore wide receiver Richard Gayle (North Port, Fla.).
JU trailed 9-3 following a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by SLU's Scott Goldberg at the 4:52 mark of the first quarter. The Dolphins tied the game when back-up quarterback Kevin Haggerty (Parkland, Fla.) hit Gayle for an 18-yard touchdown strike to cap a 10-play, 99-yard drive with 14:01 to play in the half. Haggerty finished the game 11-of-20 for a career-best 149 yards. JU then took its only lead of the game when starting quarterback Mike Sturgill (Vero Beach, Fla.) hit senior wideout Travis Lewis (Crescent City, Fla.) for an 80-yard scoring pass to give the Dolphins a 16-9 lead at the 11:08 mark of the second quarter.
Southeastern Louisiana responded by scoring on its final four possessions of the half to take a 33-16 lead at the break. Ray Perkins scored on a 2-yard run to run to give the Lions a 17-16 advantage, followed by a 28-yard field goal from Jim Hall. Martin Hankins then hit Choni Francis on a 23-yard strike and SLU tacked on a final score with 30 seconds to play in the half when Hankins his Jeffrey Howard with a 22-yard touchdown pass.
The Dolphins marched 70 yards on seven plays on their first possession of the second half and Sturgill found sophomore wideout Julio Santiago (Jacksonville/Bolles) from 3-yards out to cut the deficit to 33-23. However, the Lions answered with an 11-play, 68-yard drive to push the lead back to 40-23.
Hankins, who already holds the NCAA Division I-AA single-season record for passing yards by a freshman quarterback (3,166), completed 42-of-57 passes for a school-record 412 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Southeastern Louisiana rally. SLU wide receiver Felton Huggins had 10 receptions for 114 yards and a score, while Perkins ran for 96 yards on 17 carries. Freshman cornerback Bryan Flowers (Delray Beach, Fla.) led the JU defense with a career-best 14 tackles, while sophomore strong safety Matthew Kampfe (West Linn, Ore.) had 11 stops for the Dolphins.
JU closes out the 2003 season against Webber International next Sat., Nov. 15, at 12:30 p.m. at DB. Milne Field.