Football leads early but falls to Gardner-Webb, 49-14

Sept. 2, 2006

Final Stats

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Junior quarterback Chris Horton completed 14-of-26 passes for 226 yards and a touchdown and the Dolphin defense forced five turnovers, but Gardner- Webb defeated the JU football team, 49-14, Saturday afternoon at D.B. Milne Field.

JU (0-1) jumped out to a 14-7 lead in the second quarter, but GWU (1-0) scored 35 unanswered points in the second half to erase a 14-14 halftime score.

"We did a good job of jumping on them early but they showed why they average 40 points per game," said JU head coach Steve Gilbert. "I thought our defense did a great job of creating five turnovers and we were able to do some things offensively. We just need to regroup next week and get prepared to face another scholarship program (SE Louisiana)."

Horton also led the Dolphin ground game with 67 yards on six carries, including a team-high 20-yard scamper. Sophomore receiver Geavon Tribble led the receiving corps with a career-high six catches for 89 yards. Defensively, freshman linebacker Allen Fennell led the squad with seven tackles while also forcing a fumble. Senior corner Bryan Flowers recorded an interception while freshman strong safety Jason Wood and freshman defensive lineman William McDonald broke up a pass.

Campbell led the GWU offense through the air by completing 14-of-23 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns. Flagler led the receiving corps with five catches for 59 yards and a touchdown while Jackson rushed for a game-high 108 yards on seven carries, including a touchdown. Defensively, Cooke led the squad with a game-high 13 tackles and two pass break ups.

GWU got on the board first, 7-0, at the 8:40 mark of the first quarter when Campbell found Alston for 16 yards. After Flowers intercepted a Campbell pass down the right sideline, JU evened the contest, 7-7, on the first play when Horton hit junior receiver Nate Conner for 53 yards.

The Dolphins increased the lead to 14-7 at the 13:11 mark of the second quarter when senior running back Jerry Brant plunged in from one-yard out on fourth and goal. The score was set up by a 52 yard strike from Horton to Tribble at the one-yard line.

The Bulldogs evened the contest, 14-14, when Alston returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown. Prior to the punt return, the Dolphin defense had forced two fumbles inside their own five-yard line in GWU's previous two drives.

In the second half, GWU took control of the contest when Campbell hooked up with Flager a 22-yard touchdown with 9:52 left in the third quarter. Peoples added a one-yard touchdown run with 24 second left in the quarter. In the fourth, Jackson scored on a 36-yard run (13:10), Cooke returned an interception for a touchdown (11:55) and Peyton connected with Doolittle for nine yards (10:05).

After a week off, the Dolphins will return to action at SE Louisiana on Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. Barry Milligan will have the call on ESPN 1460 (WZNZ) with the pregame show beginning at 6:30 p.m..