MONDAY, OCTOBER 01, 2012
Enticing pass game matchup with MSU
With their 16th consecutive home win in hand, the JU football team heads out for a two-game road trip this week. Saturday, the Dolphins (4-1, 2-0 in the Pioneer Football League) will do a one-day out and back trip to Morehead State University to visit the Eagles (1-3, 1-1).
The Eagles are coming off a bye week which gave them extra time to work on their passing game which averages 305 yards per game. It will match up against JU’s pass defense, ranked first in the NCAA giving up only 116 yards per game.
MSU quarterback Zach Lewis, who set the school record with the 56th touchdown pass of his career in the team’s last game against Drake, is completing passes at a 66.2 percent clip. His favorite target is Donte Sawyer who has 27 catches for 269 yards and three touchdowns.
The JU offense will be headed by quarterback Kade Bell who seems to be finding his stride and has completed 69.2 percent of his passes the last two games (36 of 52) and the redshirt sophomore had his highest yardage game of the year last week against Marist with 210 passing yards.
“Morehead State is a very good football team and has had a couple of close losses including a three-point loss to a difficult Drake team and a seven-point loss at Eastern Kentucky,’’ JU coach Kerwin Bell said. “We know they can score in a hurry because that’s what they have done to us in the past.’’
The Dolphins beat Marist 26-14 Saturday and have a four-game win streak. They have won the last six against Morehead and lead the series 7-4. The last JU loss in the series was in October, 2005, when Morehead won 31-12 in Jacksonville.
Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. and the game will be carried on 92.5FM radio with Terry Norvelle and Josh McGregor on the call. The pregame show begins at 12:30 p.m.