Dolphins Welcome Valpo to D.B. Milne Saturday

Dolphins Welcome Valpo to D.B. Milne Saturday

Baptist Health and the Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute are proud sponsors of Saturday's game versus Valparaiso.

Jacksonville (5-3, 3-2 PFL) vs. Valparaiso (4-4, 3-2 PFL)

Saturday, Nov. 4 | 12:00 p.m. | D.B. Milne Field
ESPN3 | Scott Manze & David Lamm
Game Notes

Series History

Splitting wins both home and away, Jacksonville leads the all-time series versus Valpo, 6-3.

Last year's matchup saw Jacksonville overcome a 28-3 first quarter deficit, before falling 42-39. The Dolphins amassed 551 yards of total offense, including 329 on the ground.


Jacksonville spoiled Campbell's Homecoming Weekend, by way of a 54-48, triple overtime decision in Buie's Creek.

The Dolphins trailed by 14 in the early goings of the third quarter, and made several game-changing plays to knot things at 34-all at the end of regulation.

  • Facing fourth down with eight yards to go, Rylan Wells rushed for nine yards on a fake punt; the drive led to a touchdown by Pernell Rattray (Campbell 31, Jacksonville 24)
  • Josh Jemison forced a fumble at the end of the third quarter to set-up the Dolphins' final touchdown in regulation (Jacksonville 31, Campbell 31)
  • Caysaun Wakeley strip-sacked Daniel Smith and Crandall Maines recovered to give Jacksonville the ball on the Campbell 27; Javier Arce-Ramirez' 24-yard field goal earned the Dolphins their first lead, 34-31, with 2:29 left in regulation
  • Lamar Washington, Prince Gray and Irvin Riley recorded touchdowns in overtime before Emon Smith and Harrison Rodormer sacked Smith on fourth down to conclude the game
  • Three Dolphin backs ran for at least 95 yards with Keenan Simpson leading the way on 108 yards, 17 carries; Pernell Rattray and Irvin Riley added 95 yards each
  • Wells moved to fifth all-time in program history in rushing touchdowns (19); he finished the game 5-for-15 in the air with 110 yards, a touchdown and two interception while adding 73 yards rushing

Etched in Program History

With 19 credited to his name, Rylan Wells ties Emmet Hunter (2001-03) and J.J. Laster (2008-11) for fifth most rushing touchdowns in program history. Ruddell Small (2007-10) leads the pod with 43.

Wells is also two shy of reaching top-five in passing touchdowns. Gary Cooper (1998-01) is currently fifth with 31.

FCS Rankings

  • Emon Smith and Griffin Garland tie for 41st in the nation in interceptions (3)
  • Rylan Wells ranks 31st in the nation in points (104)
  • Wells ties for 20th in rushing touchdowns (7)

Jacksonville ranks …

  • Fourth in the FCS in rushing offense (296 YPG)
  • 12th in team passing efficiency (157.29)
  • 15th in scoring offense (35.4 PPG)
  • 18th in passes intercepted (11)
  • 21st in total offense (438.3 YPG)
  • 24th in first downs (178)
  • Tied for 42nd in red zone offense (.821)

Up Next

Jacksonville will celebrate 12 soon-to-be-graduates next Saturday versus Stetson. Senior Day is set to kick-off at 1 p.m.