Sunday, September 13, 2009


A week after Colonial Athletic Association members vanquished ACC opponents, the James Madison University Dukes were tasked with defeating another ACC school. This time it was Maryland, fresh off a thrashing by #10 Cal.

To the Dukes credit, they almost pulled off another CAA upset.

Tied 34-34 in overtime, JMU’s Dixon Wright missed a 41-yard field goal attempt, setting up the game winning 26-yarder by the Terps’ Nick Ferrara.

Final score: Maryland 38, JMU 34.

Coming off a 52-13 loss to California, the Terrapins (1-1) hoped to rebound with a convincing win over J. Mad U., a previous Football Championship Subdivision (DI-AA) National Champion and current top 10 team. Problem was the Dukes were 0-9 against the big boys since 1990.
The streak almost ended for the Harrisonburg boys when Maryland received another poor performance from its young defense and an inconsistent showing from an offense that committed two turnovers.

James Madison's Drew Dudzik ran for 112 yards and a touchdown, and threw for two scores.

Were it not for a variety of penalties against James Madison -- 11 for 105 yards -- the Dukes (0-1) might have won.

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