Dolphins' Home Opener Spoiled By Miss. College

September 23, 1999

Jacksonville, Fla. - The Dolphins dropped their home opener 16-13 to Mississippi College. JU kicker David Stickler had a chance to send the game into overtime with a 50 yard field goal attempt, but the kick sailed wide left as time expired. JU is now 1-2 on the season.

JU again had good offensive numbers but struggled to get the ball in the end zone. QB Gary Cooper completed 14 of 35 passes for 316 yards and 2 touchdowns with 1 interception. He had a long pass of 58 yards to WR Brett Palmi in the waning seconds that set up the final field goal attempt. Palmi led all JU receivers with 113 yards on three catches. WR Rico Tillman contributed 4 catches for 103 yards. It marked the first game of the year in which JU had two receivers pass the 100 yard mark. Palmi and Tillman caught TD passes of 49 and 43 yards respectively.

For the second consecutive week, Jon Underhill led the JU rushing attack. Against the Choctaws, Underhill rushed for 71 yards on 19 carries. Greg Portee added 57 yards on just 8 carries for a 7.1 yards per carry average. Overall, the Dolphins outgained Mississippi College 417 yards to 277.

Defensively, Antoine Alexander had a season high 9 tackles, 1 tackle for loss and 3 passes broken up. Julio Izquierdo also had 9 tackles, a season high for him, as well. LB Tommy Swindell contributed 6 tackles, 1 tackle for loss and a forced fumble. Dan Irby and Eric Wells had interceptions for the Dolphins while Irby, Pete Satur, and Ryan Hockett all had sacks.