SATURDAY, OCTOBER 07, 2006
Football ends road trip with 38-3 loss to Davidson
Oct. 7, 2006
DAVIDSON, N.C. - The JU football team didn't find many positives in North Carolina as the Dolphins dropped a 38-3 contest to Davidson and snapped a two-game road winning streak, Saturday afternoon at a rainy and cold Richardson Stadium.
JU (2-3, 2-1) had its lowest scoring output in Pioneer Football League play since 2003 and finished with three turnovers. Davidson (2-3, 1-1) scored 17 points off of JU miscues and snapped a two-game losing streak against the Dolphins. The Wildcats managed 305 yards of total offense (compared to 227 yards by the Dolphins) but started four of their drives in JU territory. The Dolphins started all but of their drives (their own 31-yard line) inside their own 30-yard line.
"There's not much to say about our performance," said JU head coach Steve Gilbert. "Davidson came out here ready to play and we could never get any kind of rhythm or momentum going. The only thing we can do is learn from this experience and be ready to compete next week for Homecoming."
Senior running back Jerry Brant rushed for 80 yards on 17 carries to lower his magic number to six to pass Jon Underhill for third on the JU all-time rushing list. Junior quarterback Chris Horton completed 14-of-29 passes for 123 yards and an interception while also being sacked four times. Junior receiver Michael Jenner caught five passes for 55 yards. Defensively, senior nose guard Ryan Young led the squad with eight tackles.
Davidson quarterback Ryan Alexander completed 22-of-33 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Wildcat offense. Jonathan Hubbard rushed for 96 yards on 24 carries and two touchdowns while Ryan Hubbard caught six passes for 51 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, Matt Easton and Blake Mitchell each finished with seven tackles.
Leading 24-3 at the half, the Wildcats increased the lead to 31-3 at the 10:18 mark of the third quarter when Hubbard scored from two yards.
Davidson increased the lead to 38-3 with 4:10 remaining in the contest when Alexander connected with fullback Mike Chatman for five yards on play-action.
In the first half, Davidson jumped out to an early 7-0 lead at the 10:19 mark of the first quarter when Alexander hit Beaux Jones on a 12-yard crossing route. The Wildcats ended up with good field position at the JU 17-yard line when Horton and freshman wide receiver Sam Bell misplayed an option attempt to the right side.
JU cut the lead to 7-3 with 4:03 remaining in the first quarter when freshman Donovan Curry connected on a 31-yard field goal.
The Wildcats took advantage of another Dolphin miscue when Brad Smith connected on a 38-yard field goal at the 14:50 mark of the second quarter. Davidson tackled freshman punter Joe Recktenwald at the Dolphin 20-yard line after a bad snap on a punt attempt. Recktenwald couldn't scoop the snap and dodged two defenders before being tackled for a loss.
Davidson increased the lead to 17-3 with 10:56 remaining in the second quarter after Alexander connected with wide receiver Ryan Hubbard for a seven-yard touchdown.
The Wildcats made it 24-3 with 4:40 remaining in the first half when Jonathan Hubbard rushed for a 10-yard touchdown.
JU returns to the friendly confines of D.B. Milne Field as the Dolphins host Dayton for Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 12:30 p.m.