SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 06, 2004
Football Falls To Southeastern Louisiana, 51-3
Nov. 6, 2004
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - JU freshman quarterback Anthony Salgado (Sarasota, Fla.) completed 14-of-35 passes for 188 yards in his first career start filling in for the injured Mike Sturgill (Vero Beach, Fla.), but it wasn't enough for the outmanned Dolphins as Southeastern Louisiana downed JU, 51-3, Saturday afternoon at D.B. Milne Field. The Dolphins (3-6, 2-1 PFL), who played without Sturgill for the first time in three seasons, faced their fourth scholarship opponent of the year. SLU is in its second season at the Division I-AA scholarship level.
Junior wideout Eldin Ferguson (Riviera Beach, Fla.) caught four passes for a career-high 121 yards to lead the Dolphins, who had eight different receivers with receptions. Junior LB Brandon Torre (Tallahassee, Fla.) led the JU defense with a career-high 16 tackles, while senior linebacker Tim Hasse (Bradenton, Fla.) added 14 stops to move into third-place on the JU all-time tackles list with 213 career stops. Hasse passed Justin Yowell, who had 210 career tackles from 1998-2001. Junior free safety Bernard Opaku (Alexandria, Va.) also made 14 stops and forced a fumble in his first career start.
Southeastern Louisiana (6-3) sophomore quarterback Martin Hankins completed an NCAA Division I-AA record 50 passes in 61 attempts for 484 yards and four scores as the Lions piled up 695 yards of total offense, the most ever against JU. SLU passed for 551 yards and five touchdowns overall on the day and established a new NCAA Division I-AA mark with 59 completions in 72 attempts. Hutch Gonzales led 14 different Lions in receptions with a game-high 11 catches for 86 yards and a touchdown. The Southeastern Louisiana defense was also strong limiting JU to just 33 yards rushing.
The Lions led 6-0 after the first quarter on a pair of Jim Hall field goals. SLU scored a pair of second-quarter touchdowns for a 20-0 halftime lead. Hall added a 29-yard field goal to open the second half and then Southeastern Louisiana scored three consecutive touchdowns. Felton Huggins caught a 4-yard touchdown pass at the 8:49 mark of the third to cap a 6-play, 59-yard drive. The Lions made it 27-0 on a 27-yard touchdown strike from Hankins to Huggins five minutes later and then Hankins hit Jeffrey Howard on a 5-yard scoring pass to make it 44-0 at the end of three quarters.
Junior Ryan Feely (Odessa, Fla.) matched his career best with a 38-yard field goal to get the Dolphins on the board in the fourth. Feely also averaged 45.3 yards on nine punts. The Lions added a late score when backup quarterback Trey Willie hit Jerren Pierce from 11 yards out with 3:04 to play.
The Dolphins conclude the 2004 regular season at I-AA Coastal Carolina (8-1, 3-0 Big South) on Saturday Nov. 13, at 12:30 p.m.