Dolphins take bite out of Bulldogs

Kade Bell (Photo by Skip Tapp Widespread Photography)
Kade Bell (Photo by Skip Tapp Widespread Photography)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Jacksonville University football team, led by quarterback Kade Bell's career-high five touchdown passes,  rolled up 611 yards in total offense and used a stout defense to pin a 35-7 loss on Butler in a Pioneer Football League game here Saturday.

Bell, from Fleming Island, Fla., completed 25 of 40 passes for 401 yards and one interception as JU (3-1, 2-0) launched scoring early and didn't let up to strengthen their lead  in the PFL. Butler dropped to 2-2, 0-1. His day included a 90-yard touchdown pass to running back Ulysses Bryant, the second longest in school history and tied for first for the longest td pass this season in FCS.

Bryant wound up with 96 yards receiving and had his third consecutive 100-yard plus game on the ground with 134 yards rushing. The win broke a two-game losing streak to the Bulldogs.

"We left a lot of points out there, that's for sure, and some of that's my doing,'' JU coach Kerwin Bell said. "I've got to call a better game than that. Our defense played a superb game, we kept everything in front of us.''

The Dolphins came out throwing the ball long early and surged to a 21-0 halftime lead.

JU's first touchdown came with 8:37 to play in the first quarter when Bell hit sophomore wide receiver Damien Strange (Williston, Fla.) with a 20-yard touchdown.

Three minutes later, Bell and wide receiver Andrew Robustelli connected on a 44-yard scoring strike and a 14-0 lead at the end of one.

Bell continued his first half parade with a third touchdown pass to wide receiver Andy Jones with 12:44 to go in the first half. That play was for 9 yards and ended a seven-play, 80-yard drive that took only 2:29.

Bell hit Robustelli again in the third quarter before finishing off the Bulldogs with the Bryant pass.

Meanwhile, the JU defense put on a clinic in team defense with junior linebacker DJ Howard (Daytona Beach, Fla.) recording 10 tackles and defensive back Dallas Jackson nine.

"What's exciting as coaches is we're can be so much better,'' Kerwin Bell said. "And, we're going to get there.''

The Dolphins are at home Saturday to take on Drake in a PFL game for homecoming.

Game Notes

  • The career-high five touchdown passes for Kade Bell also tied him for the third highest single game total by a FCS player this season (the team record is seven by Josh McGregor against Morehead State in 2010).
  • It is the second career 400-yard passing game for Kade Bell.
  • The 90-yard reception by Ulysses Bryant is the second longest in school history (Andrew Robustelli, 93 yards at Marist, 11/2/13)
  • Byant's reception is tied for the longest reception by an FCS player this season (Dezmin Lewis Central Arkansas, 9/20/14)
  • Three straight 100-yard rushing games for Bryant is the longest streak by a JU player since Rudell Small in 2010.
  • Wide receiver Andy Jones had a career high eight receptions.
  • For Howard, the 10 tackles are a career-high.