JU Dolphins Destroy MSU

George Wahl II

Photo by Grace Singer

The Dolphins came out on fire on a hot Saturday afternoon, torching Morehead State University in a 50-14 win. Once again the team was lead by senior quarterback Josh McGregor and a stellar defensive attack.

On just their third play of the game, McGregor found his target to give JU the immediate lead. Just as it had been the past few weeks, their opponent struck back and it appeared they were in for another tough battle.

The defense had other plans. They held Morehead St., the number one passing team in the FCS this year, to only one touchdown after that initial score. Defensive back Leonard Smith set the direction of the team with seven tackles. Mike Mayoral, a defensive tackle, had three sacks and an interception. DB Lacy McDougald also joined the party with an interception of his own. That number one passing attack had no chance against this defense as they were held in check all day.

“We went back and forth at the beginning but the heat started getting to them a little, I think,” said JU Head Coach Kerwin Bell.

This big victory came on yet another milestone day for McGregor. On top of getting his one hundredth career TD last week, he reached the 10,000 yard career passing mark this past Saturday to add to his excellent career numbers against Morehead.

After going 19 for 30 for 346 yards and five touchdowns, McGregor has now passed for 10,050 yards and 105 TDs in his career. That’s not too bad for a guy fifth on the depth chart upon arriving at JU.

“I have been surrounded by very good receivers and a very good offensive line since I’ve been here,” McGregor said.

One of those receivers is Larry Thompson who led the team with four catches for 107 yards. This brings his number of consecutive-games-with-a-catch streak up to 27. RB Keith Dawson led the rushing attack with 13 carries for 104 yards. Dawson ripped off a 48 yard TD run in the second half to assure a Dolphin victory.

JU now holds a 12 game home winning streak, which is the largest active streak in the FCS. The Dolphins also hold another streak, this one with more prominence. They have tied the record for consecutive wins in the Pioneer Football League at 15. JU is now tied with the University of San Diego 2005-2007 squad. They were coached by San Francisco, Forty-Niners Head Coach Jim Harbaugh.

Morehead State (2-5, 1-3) ran into the Dolphins at an unfortunate time. JU put together their most complete game of the season this past Saturday and it showed on the scoreboard. After a slow, hesitant start, JU has now climbed to a 5-2 record and an undefeated mark of 4-0 in conference.

This weekend, Davidson comes to town for JU’s homecoming game. The crowd will be pumped up for this one as it serves as an enthralling prequel for the last, hardest stretch of PFL play. Davidson is coming off a tough loss 28-0 against Dayton so they will come up tough to try and spoil homecoming here at JU. McGregor, this offense and this defense are all coming full speed at the right time. This gives promise of an exciting finish.