SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2008
Record-setting passing day leads JU to blowout of Morehead State
Freshman quarterback Josh McGregor threw a school-record six touchdowns and the JU defense held Morehead State to less than 200 yards of total offense as the Dolphins got a big Pioneer Football League win, 40-9, at Jacobs Field.
McGregor’s six touchdowns shattered the previous school record of four, en route to 319 passing yards on 16-of-27 passing.
“We’ve been preaching the past two weeks about finishing the game and we did that today,” said head coach Kerwin Bell. “We took control early and never let them get back into the game. We also didn’t turn the ball over, which is what championship caliber teams do.”
McGregor entered the day with nine passing touchdowns and with his record-setting performance, he has now moved into a tie for second on the school’s single-season list with 15.
Helping the effort, McGregor also rushed for 43 yards on eight carries.
“This was a lot of fun today,” McGregor said. “The defense played well and got us the ball back. I just went out there, got the ball to our guys who made some great plays.”
The Dolphins (4-3, 2-1 PFL) held the Eagles (3-4, 1-2 PFL) to just 176 yards of total offense, with only 30 yards on the ground.
Defensive lineman Shaun Lewis led the defense with eight tackles, including two sacks and three tackles for a loss. He led the Dolphins defense as they racked up four sacks and nine tackles.
Geavon Tribble had another big game on the Eagles, catching four passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns – his first two scores of the season. It is the third straight time he has gone over 100 receiving yards against Morehead State, scoring seven touchdowns in the three games.
Jacksonville got on the board early, scoring on two of its first three drives. Tribble opened the scoring with his first touchdown of the season when he caught a 20-yard pass from McGregor. The lead was extended to 13-0 when Cameron Abdallah caught a 21-yards pass midway through the first quarter.
MSU got its first score on a 22-yard field goal by Mason Webb with 7:51 left in the first half.
The Dolphins came right back with a four-play, 58-yard drive capepd off by Rodney Sumter getting his first touchdown of the season on a 11-yard pass from McGregor.
With a 19-3 lead at the half, the Dolphins pushed the lead 26-3 when Sumter caught his second touchdown on a 24-yard pass from McGregor with 7:51 left in the third quarter.
The Eagles attempted a comeback as Cory Jackson caught a 15-yard pass from Evan Sawyer to make it 26-9 with 9:54 left in the game.
But the Dolphins were not going to see a repeat of their fourth quarter collapses earlier this season. Chris Kuck scored on a 59-yard pass from McGregor and Tribble caught his second scoring pass to seal the game on a 37-yard toss from McGregor.
The win sets up a showdown with San Diego at D.B. Milne Field next Saturday at 1 p.m., as the Dolphins look to make a statement in the PFL race.
“Our guys know what is at stake next week and we’re turning our focus towards San Diego right now,” Bell said. “If we can play like this, we can play with anyone in the PFL.”