Jacksonville University’s football team stayed within range of Drake on Saturday but eventually lost its sixth game in a row.
Jacksonville University kept it close at Drake on Saturday, but the result was more of the same: a sixth consecutive loss this season and a seventh in a row in the Pioneer League.
The Dolphins trailed 14-7 at halftime and 21-14 late in the third period, and Bulldogs quarterback Ian Corwin scored on an 11-yard touchdown with 3:57 left to seal a 28-14 victory at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.
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JU (2-8, 0-6) has lost to Drake five times in a row and made it more of a ballgame than last year in Jacksonville, a 41-9 loss. The Dolphins also outgained Drake 383-376 in total offense and had a 379-207 edge in rushing.
But balance and Corwin was the difference for Drake (5-4, 5-1). He threw for two touchdowns and was 13 of 19 for 169 yards. Drew Lauer ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns.
The Dolphins’ A.J. Davis answered Lauer’s 1-yard TD to open the scoring with a 53-yard run later in the first period. Drake took the halftime lead on Corwin’s 3-yard TD pass to Devin Cates.
Corwin three a 37-yard scoring pass to Shane Feller late in the third quarter for a 21-7 lead but JU responded when Jordan Younge-Humphrey went in from 32 yards out with 41 second left in the period.
However, JU had to punt and lost the ball on downs at the Drake 38 on its last two possessions and Lauer scored his clinching touchdown to cap a 67-yard drive.
JU quarterback Calvin Turner Jr., gained 150 yards to turn in his second 1,000-yard season. He now has 1,080 but was kept out of the end zone. Turner has 11 touchdowns on the ground this season.
Drake limited Turner to 2 completions in 12 passes, for 44 yards.
Davis had 67 yards rushing on five carries and Garnet Nicolas added 46 yards on 11 attempts.
The Dolphins play at Marist next Saturday and wrap up their season on Nov. 23 at home against San Diego.