Charleston Southern routs Jacksonville for first win of season
September 18, 2004
By CSU Sports Information
Coach Mills led his team to the largest road victory in school history
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – After a disappointing season in 2003, and a heartbreaking loss to Presbyterian last week, CSU took out their frustration on the Dolphins of Jacksonville University.
The Buccaneer’s provided strong performances in all facets of the game as they went on to win 38-3 to even their record at 1-1 for the season. The story of this game was breaking records.
The 35-point victory was the largest road win for the Buccaneers in school history, and matched the worse home loss for Jacksonville.
The scoring began when redshirt-freshman kicker Nick Ellis matched a school record by hitting a 47-yard field goal giving the Buccaneers a 3-0 lead less than two minutes into the game.
CSU went on to score on all three possessions in the first quarter of play, taking a 17-0 lead when Kenny Harper scored on a one-yard touchdown run, followed by a screen pass to receiver Eddie Gadson, who took the ball 20 yards to the end zone.
After a defensive battle in the second quarter, CSU struck again in the third, when QB Collin Drafts found Gadson again for a 35-yard touchdown play.
Jacksonville finally got on the board with left in the third quarter, when kicker Ryan Feely hit a 31-yard field goal.
Robert Adams struck again in the fourth when he had a couple of strong runs to score on a one-yard run, and a 16-yard run.
“We really had a good game in all three phases of the game,” said Head Coach Jay Mills. “We took care of the things we needed to in this game.”
Freshman defensive back C.J. Hirschman, had the opportunity to return to his hometown of Jacksonville, and didn’t waste it, recording two interceptions in the game.
The Buccaneers snapped a nine-game losing streak, with their last win coming almost exactly a year ago on Sept. 20, 2003 against West VirginiaState. CSU will take the field again next week for the home-opener against the University of Charleston (W.V.), with kickoff scheduled for . p.m.
Charleston Southern sophomore Bobby Ison has been named this week’s CSU Student-Athlete of the Week following his performance for the Buccaneers against Radford, Savannah State and USC Upstate this past weekend. Read more...