James Madison 20, Elon 17

HARRISONBURG, Va. – James Madison overcame a 14-point halftime deficit, scoring the final 17 points of the game, to rally past Elon, 20-17, in the Colonial Athletic Association football opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon at Rhodes Stadium.

The #1 Dukes improved to 3-0 (1-0 CAA) while the Phoenix dropped to 1-2 (0-1 CAA). JMU also moved to 8-1 in the all-time series with Elon.

After falling behind 17-3 at halftime, the Dukes never allowed Elon to score again, limiting the hosts to just 36 second-half yards with a pair of first downs. Trailing 17-6 into the fourth quarter, the Dukes put together back-to-back touchdown drives with a huge special-teams play in between.

Game Recap (James Madison) | Game Recap (Elon) | Box Score
Stadium: Rhodes Stadium
Location: Elon, N.C.
Attendance: 1147
Duration: 2:50

JMU: Cole Johnson (107 PASS); Percy Agyei-Obese (132 RUSH); Kris Thornton (53 REC);

ELON: JR Martin (129 PASS); Jaylan Thomas (49 RUSH); Bryson Daughtry (36 REC);


Elon 26, Davidson 23

ELON, N.C. – A touchdown pass from Joey Baughman to Donovan Williams with 32 seconds left helped the No. 21 Elon University football team to a 26-23 victory over Davidson in the Phoenix’s 2021 spring season opener on Saturday, Feb. 20, at Rhodes Stadium.

“It was a great win for our football team,” said head coach Tony Trisciani. “I’m proud of the guys for how resilient they were and how they believed in each other and how we fought for four quarters. We overcame a lot of adversity, never gave up and we fought to the end and got the win.”

Baughman threw 18-of-22 for 173 yards and scored two total touchdowns in his first career start. Jaylan Thomas rushed for a game-high 129 yards and a score while Cole Coleman led the Phoenix defense with 17 total tackles.

Full Recap (Elon) | Full Recap (Davidson) | Box Score

Stadium: Rhodes Stadium
Location: Elon, N.C.
Attendance: 980

Duration: 2:45

DAV: PHELPS, Tyler (156 PASS); WILLIAMS, Coy (113 RUSH); STAPLES, Jalen (41 REC);

ELON Joey Baughman (173 PASS); Jaylan Thomas (129 RUSH); Donovan Williams (50 REC);