James Madison 34, North Dakota 21 (FCS Playoffs Quarterfinals)

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HARRISONBURG, Va. – Behind a strong day both in the passing game and rushing attack, James Madison pulled away in the second half for a 34-21 victory against North Dakota on Saturday night in the FCS quarterfinals at Bridgeforth Stadium.

UND (6-2) trimmed the lead down to three late in the second quarter, but it was as close as the Fighting Hawks would get in their inaugural appearance in the quarterfinals.

The third-seeded Dukes improved to 7-0 on the year and advance to next week’s national semifinal against No. 2 seed Sam Houston in Huntsville, Texas. The Fighting Hawks saw their season end with a 5-2 overall mark.

The Dukes piled up 468 yards of total offense, with 251 through the air and another 217 on the ground.

JMU’s Cole Johnson was 14-of-17 for a season-best 251 yards and two touchdowns, as he connected twice with receiver Antwane Wells Jr., who had yet another career outing in the postseason.

Wells Jr. finished with career highs of seven receptions for 143 yards to register his first career two-score game. His receiving yards was the fourth-most by a JMU player in postseason history.

UND RB Otis Weah continued to find the end zone for the Hawks, scoring his 10th-career rushing touchdown to go alongside his 96 yards on 13 carries. The redshirt sophomore has now scored in every game that he has received a carry in his career.

Stadium: Bridgeforth Stadium
Location: Harrisonburg, Va.
Attendance: 5854
Duration: 2:55

UND: Tommy Schuster (213 PASS); Otis Weah (96 RUSH); Garett Maag (87 REC);

JMU Cole Johnson (251 PASS); P. Agyei-Obese (128 RUSH); Antwane Wells (143 REC);

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James Madison 31, VMI 24 (FCS Playoffs 1st Round)

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HARRISONBURG, Va. – No. 3 seed James Madison rushed for over 300 yards, building a three-score lead, before holding off a feisty VMI squad, 31-24, in the opening round of the NCAA Division I Football Championship Saturday afternoon at Bridgeforth Stadium.

Down 31-17 with 2:18 left in the game, the Keydets made a furious attempt to rally and completed a 12-play 75-yard drive in 2:09 to cut the deficit to 31-24, but the final onside kick attempt fell into JMU’s hands as the Dukes held on for the victory.

RB Jawon Hamilton rushed for a career-high 171 yards and a touchdown, highlighted by a JMU and FCS-record 99-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. His 171 rushing yards was the fifth-most by a JMU player in the postseason. RB Percy Agyei-Obese joined him over the century mark, tallying 110 yards and a score.

It was the first time this season JMU produced a pair of 100-yard rushers and the first time since the 2019 regular-season finale when the same pair achieved the feat at Rhode Island.

VMI junior WR Jakob Herres finished the game with 13 grabs for 171 yards, marking his fifth straight 100-yard receiving game and 12th of his career. He also had a touchdown reception early in the fourth quarter, which was the 21st touchdown reception of his VMI career to move him past Mark Stock’s all-time program record of 20 from 1984-88.

VMI redshirt freshman QB Seth Morgan ended the contest going 30-for-50 for 286 yards and two touchdown passes, marking his fourth straight game with over 200 yards through the air since taking over the reins of the offense.

Stadium: Bridgeforth

Location: Harrisonburg, Va.

 

Attendance: 6011
Duration: 3:14

VMI: Seth Morgan (286 PASS); Chance Knox (65 RUSH); Jakob Herres (171 REC);

JMU: Cole Johnson (204 PASS); Jawon Hamilton (171 RUSH); Antwane Wells Jr. (132 REC);

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James Madison 36, Robert Morris 16

HARRISONBURG, Va. – Second-ranked James Madison reeled off 27 unanswered points and clamped down defensively, holding Robert Morris scoreless in the second half, en route to a 36-16 non-conference football victory on Saturday afternoon at Bridgeforth Stadium.

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Stadium: Bridgeforth Stadium

Location: Harrisonburg, Va.

 

Attendance: 250

RMU

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MARTIN, George (165 PASS); JACKSON, Alijah (49 RUSH); HICKS, D’Andre (67 REC);

JMU: Cole Johnson (198 PASS); Jawon Hamilton (74 RUSH); Kris Thornton (65 REC);

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James Madison 52, Morehead State 0

HARRISONBURG, Va. – Fourth-ranked James Madison football ran all over Zane Showker Field, accumulating more than 350 rushing yards and six scores on the ground, en route to a 52-0 season-opening victory against Morehead State on Saturday afternoon at Bridgeforth Stadium.

The Dukes moved to 1-0, playing in the program’s first-ever, regular-season spring game, while the Eagles fell to 0-1. JMU moved to 8-2 all-time against MSU, having now won five straight in the series.

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Stadium: Bridgeforth Stadium

Location: Harrisonburg, Va.

 

Attendance: 250

 

Duration: 2:52

MOR: CLAYTON, DeAndre (71 PASS); AGUERO, Issiah (14 RUSH); GUILFOIL, Matt (26 REC);

JMU: Cole Johnson (147 PASS); Percy Agyei-Obese (116 RUSH); Kris Thornton (90 REC);

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