JU's Title Hopes Fall Short With Last Second Loss to Butler


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It came down to the last dwindling seconds of the game as the Jacksonville University football team was in Indianapolis, Ind. for a Pioneer Football league matchup with the Butler Bulldogs.
With two seconds remaining, Butler (8-2, 7-0) quarterback Matt Lancaster plunged into the end zone behind his offensive line for the game-winning touchdown. The score gave Butler a 19-16 win over the Dolphins (6-3, 4-2).
The game-winning score by Lancaster came at the conclusion of a 14-play drive that massed 95 yards and lasted two minutes and fifty-three seconds.
The drive was aided by a couple of pass interference penalties that helped the Bulldogs continue their downfield surge.
“We had it the whole time,” JU head coach Kerwin Bell said. “We have the best defense in the conference. That has kept us alive all year. We just made some silly mistakes; some of those flags were. That’s what you get on the road.”
The loss just about killed any hope the Dolphins had at a PFL title this year and now they’re playing for their record, pride and each other.
JU was led into battle by quarterback Trevius Folston, who in his first start completed 19-of-27 passes for 144 yards and Keith Dawson who ran for 99 yards returning by injury.
Folston had JU out in front 13-7 at the half thanks to two field goals from Dylan Lynch and a rushing score by Johnnie Hicks. Lynch connected on kicks of 22 and 41 yards in the first half and added a 23-yard kick in the second half.
The Dolphins, who usually use the second half to pull away from their opponents were held to three points, ultimately leading to the loss.
“They tightened it down on us and we didn’t make the plays we made in the first half,” Bell said. “We tried a couple of big time plays. I knew we needed one more touchdown and we just didn’t hit them.”
The loss marked Butler’s first ever victory over the Dolphins and it came at a crucial point for both programs. The win kept Butler in title contention and closed the door on the Dolphins.
The Dolphins return home for the remainder of the season as they close the season with Campbell and Drake. Saturday, the Dolphins will take on Campbell on Military Appreciation day with Veteran’s Day right around the corner. The game is scheduled to start at noon.