Bryant shines but defense does it as Jacksonville stops Stetson

Ulysses Bryant (Skip Tapp - Widespread Photography)
Ulysses Bryant (Skip Tapp - Widespread Photography)

DELAND, Fla. – The Jacksonville University defense stepped up to put the clamps on Stetson as the Dolphins picked up their sixth on Saturday.

The Dolphin defense held Stetson scoreless in the first half and was able to make up for an uncharacteristic spate of turnovers by the offense which got going in the second quarter. And although Jacksonville put up 536 yards in offense, the 30 points wasn't acceptable to coach Kerwin Bell.

"It's frustrating, that's not how we play offense,'' Bell said after his team went to 6-1 on the season and 5-0 in the PFL.

Included in the total were 109 rushing and 119 yards receiving by running back Ulysses Bryant, who rushed for more than 100 yards for the fifth time this season. He scored once on a 2-yard run.

Running back Frantz Caudio had a 7-yard touchdown run and place kicker Brandon Behr had three field goals. The offensive effort was hampered by four interceptions from Dolphin quarterback Kade Bell, who was 26 of 40 for 332 yards.

The defense, which led the nation in interceptions at the start of the day, intercepted two more passes giving Jacksonville 16 for the season which ties the school record. The Dolphins held Stetson to 187 total yards (98 rushing and 89 passing).

"Give all the credit to the defense,'' Bell said. "They kept us in another one, but it's another win.''

One of those was a pick-6 by safety Dallas Jackson who intercepted Stetson quarterback Ryan Tentler pass and returned it 39 yards for a touchdown and a 10-0 lead. Linebacker DJ Howard had the other.

The sole Stetson score came on a one-play, 22-yard drive on a pass from Tentler to Mike Yonker after a JU turnover.

Game Notes

  • JU defense intercepted two passes, one by Dallas Jackson (Palmetto, Fla.) and one by DJ Howard (Daytona Beach, Fla.), giving the unit 16 on the season tying the school record for interceptions in a season with 16. Heading into the game, JU was tied for first nationally with Northern Colorado in the category
  • Brandon Behr's three field goals tie a single game school record accomplished four other times. He is the first to have three field goals in a game since Donovan Curry vs San Diego on Oct. 25, 2008
  • The win over Stetson gave coach Kerwin Bell his 42nd Pioneer Football League win at JU, second best all-time in the league. Mike Kelly of Dayton (15 years) is atop the list with a 55-16 record (.775).  Bell is (42-18, .700).
  • Punter Ryan Giaratano (Coral Springs, Fla.) had punts of 56 and 54 yards.