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Morehead St. falls at Jacksonville, 50-14

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville senior Josh McGregor will go down statistically as one of the most-accomplished quarterbacks in NCAA Football Championship Subdivision history -- and Morehead State will be happy to see him graduate.

McGregor completed 19-of-30 passes for 346 yards and five touchdowns on Saturday afternoon at D.B. Milne Field to help the Dolphins post a 50-14 victory over the Eagles.

McGregor, who leads all active FCS signal callers in career completions (690), passing yards (10,050) and touchdown passes (105), has now accumulated 1,369 yards and 22 end-zone tosses on 63-of-100 through the air in four career games against Morehead State.

Jacksonville improves to 5-2 overall and 4-0 in the PFL with their fifth consecutive win and school-record 11th straight home victory, while Morehead State slips to 2-5 overall and 1-3 in conference action. JU also improves to 7-4 in the all-time series by knocking off MSU for a sixth straight time.

The Dolphins, who have won two of the PFL’s last three championships (2008 & 2010), racked up 560 yards in the contest, including 419 through the air. JU also converted 7-of-13 third-down scenarios to keep scoring drives alive.

McGregor put Jacksonville on the scoreboard less than two minutes into the contest with a 45-yard strike to junior wide receiver Quintin Davis. He then found senior wide receiver Joshua Philpart on a 32-yard scoring toss to cap the first stanza and put the Dolphins up for good.

McGregor added a pair of TD passes in the second quarter -- one to Davis from two yards out and another to sophomore wide receiver Dorian Guy from 38 yards away.

Sophomore kicker Bladen Gudz added a 36-yard field goal late in the second quarter to give Jacksonville a 30-7 advantage heading into the locker room.

Both of Morehead State’s touchdowns came via the rushing attack. Junior wide receiver Kevin Thomas scored from two yards away in the first quarter and senior fullback Desmond Cox then danced to the end zone from four yards out in the final period.

In between the MSU scores, Jacksonville ripped off 43 unanswered points on six touchdowns, four extra points and the Gudz three-pointer.

Junior quarterback Zach Lewis connected on 10-of-23 attempts for 193 yards, which pushed him over 2,000 passing yards for the second straight year. He registered 2,898 as a sophomore in 2010.

Cox led the Eagles with 77 rushing yards on 19 carries, while Thomas was MSU’s top receiver with 49 yards on four receptions.

Senior linebacker Tony Bachman, who ranks second in the PFL in tackles, led Morehead State’s defense with nine stops. Senior defensive end Jerome Raymond added four tackles for loss.

The Eagles, who entered the affair first among all NCAA FCS squads in passing yards (383.5) and second in total yards per tilt (508.8), finished with just 205 and 316 in those respective categories.

Jacksonville senior Larry Thompson led all receivers in the contest with 107 yards on four snags, while Philpart added four receptions for 80 yards. Both McGregor targets had one TD.

Morehead State returns to action next Saturday, Oct. 22, when it hosts Dayton at 1 p.m. ET in the annual Homecoming game. The contest will be broadcast on the Eagle Sports Network, which includes WIVY-96.3 FM, WLGC-1550 AM and WMST-1150 AM.

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