Dolphins Win in Thrilling Fashion

JU Faces Quakers and the Elements to Win Second Straight Game

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The Dolphins had a tough task when they took the field Saturday Sept. 23. Not only were they going against one of the premiere teams in the IVY League, but the weather didn’t want to cooperate, making for a very wet and soggy day on the gridiron. Although the task was tall and the Dolphins found themselves down, they never considered themselves out of the contest and found a way to beat Pennsylvania 34-31.

The Dolphins started slow in the first half and found themselves trying to fight back from mistakes that had been made.

Bobby Hart fielded the opening kickoff eight yards deep in the end zone and decided to return it gaining only 10 yards on the play and leaving the offense deep in its own territory. The pursuing drive amounted to negative yards and the Dolphins were faced to punt.

This gave the Quakers great field position and they wasted no time finding the end zone, almost exclusively on the ground game. Quakers quarterback, Alek Torgerson, trotted into the end zone after the previous running plays set up the touchdown.

The Dolphins continued to struggle producing the run game and were forced to punt with their second position, but a brilliant fake punt play call continued the drive for JU and the Dolphins were able to convert a 22-yard field goal for their first points of the game.

The Dolphins found the end zone once in the second half when redshirt junior Kade Bell connected with senior Andrew Robostelli and picked up a second field goal just before halftime, shrinking the Quakers’ lead to 17-13.

JU came out of the break firing on all cylinders, as they forced the Quakers to punt on their first drive of the second half. The Dolphins then quickly scored a touchdown, making the score 19-17. The running game seemed to bounce back in the second half, as sophomore Ulysses Bryant helped the Dolphins march down the field.

Bryant led the rushing attack with 127 yards and he added four catches for 33 yards and a touchdown.

It seemed as though the Dolphins would continue the scoring onslaught, but they allowed the Quakers to stay in the game by making mistakes that the Quakers capitalized on. The Quakers had a 31-19 lead in the second half, but the resiliency of the Dolphins proved to be strong and the Dolphins mounted a comeback.

The winning touchdown came with just 39 seconds left in the game as Bell connected with senior wide receiver D’Andre Randle for a 29-yard touchdown pass. Making the final score 34-31.

Bell led the Dolphins in passing completing 20 of 39 pass attempts for 239 yards and four touchdowns. He did have an interception as well.

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