JU’s track to another Pioneer Football League Championship suffered a slight set back on a last minute road loss at Drake. With 21 seconds left in the 4th quarter, Drake punched in for a 31-24 lead.
Saturday’s loss snapped the Dolphins 16 game PFL win streak. JU (6-3,5-1) is now 0-9 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.
JU overcame a 17-10 halftime deficit to pull ahead 24-17 on a Josh Philpart touchdown catch from Josh McGregor. Drake came back to tie the game at 24 with 3:49 to play.
A short kickoff by Drake left a short field for McGregor and the offense who took over close to midfield. All they needed to do was put one last drive together and muster any points they could. This would have killed the clock and sealed the game.
McGregor was picked off, giving Drake the ball at their own 42 yard line. McGregor was intercepted four times on the day, three coming in the 1st half but this most pivotal pick coming late in the 4th quarter.
Drake then drove down the field and with 21 seconds to play scored the game winning touchdown.
“It was a great back and forth game and you have to give Drake credit,” JU coach Kerwin Bell said. “They played a whale of a game. Were still in it (league title chase).”
JU is now in a 3-team race for the PFL title. One of the teams in the chase is San Diego who JU travels to face in two weeks. The team now controls their destiny and needs a good showing the last two weeks of the season.
Before traveling to San Diego next week the Dolphins return home for Senior Day this Saturday to take on Butler, Nov. 12th at noon.
If the Dolphins have any hope of winning another conference title and potentially receiving a post season bid they not only need to win out, they need some help from other teams as well. This sets up for what should be an exciting finish to another season.