A 21-point third quarter for James Madison proved to be just enough as the Dukes held off Richmond 38-31 Saturday on a misty day in Harrisonburg.
Michael Birdsong threw for two touchdowns and ran for another before the host Dukes, ranked 17th in the Football Championship Subdivision by The Sports Network, withstood a late rally by the Spiders.
Richmond receiver Ben Edwards, a York High graduate, tied a Bridgeforth Stadium record with 13 receptions, while Reggie Diggs added eight catches for 136 yards. Edwards shares the record with former Massachusetts wideout Victor Cruz, who now plays for the New York Giants.
Birdsong was 16-for-23 for 262 yards and an interception. Brandon Ravenel had 83 receiving yards and Quintin Hunter ran for a 9-yard touchdown as JMU (5-2, 2-1 CAA) improved to 5-0 at home.
Michael Strauss completed 41-of-64 passes -- both of which were UR records and Bridgeforth Stadium records -- for 423 yards and a pair of scores for the Spiders (2-4, 0-2).
JMU's Dejor Simmons of Virginia Beach opened the second half by returning the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, the first kick-return TD by JMU since Scotty McGee's in 2008. On the Dukes’ next possession, Birdsong's 71-yard catch-and-run to Ravenel set up Hunter's 9-yard rush for a touchdown.
Later in the third quarter, Deane Cheatham caught a 16-yard pass from Birdsong to give the Dukes a 28-9 lead going into the final period.
Army 50, Eastern Michigan 25
Terry Baggett rushed for an academy-record 304 yards and four touchdowns as the Black Knights rolled in West Point, N.Y.
Trenton Turrentine, Larry Dixon and Matt Giachinta each added a rushing score as Army (3-4) piled up 513 yards on the ground. Baggett needed just 18 rushes to blow past Michael Wallace's previous record of 269 yards.
Tyler Benz completed 17-of-26 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns for Eastern Michigan (1-5).
Tulane 36, ECU 33, 3 OTs
Cairo Santos booted a 42-yard field goal in the third overtime as the Green Wave edged East Carolina in New Orleans.
Backup Devin Powell went 23-for-39 for 224 yards and threw both of his touchdown passes to Ryan Grant in overtime for Tulane (5-2, 3-0 Conference USA), which kept pace with Rice atop the C-USA West Division.
Shane Carden completed 41-of-55 passes for 480 yards and a touchdown and Vintavious Cooper piled up 87 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground to go along with 84 receiving yards for ECU (4-2, 2-1).
Justin Hardy added career highs of 17 catches and 230 yards, but Warren Harvey missed a 34-yard field goal in the third overtime, leaving the door open for Santos.
Del. State 14, NSU 7
Delaware State quarterback Cory Murphy scored the winning touchdown on a 1-yard sneak with 5:25 remaining, and the Hornets forced Norfolk State (2-4) into five turnovers in Dover, Del.
The sneak capped an 18-play, 61-yard drive for the Hornets (2-4, 2-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference), who rallied from a 7-0 halftime deficit. DSU converted three third downs on the winning possession, including a third-and-12 and a third-and-17. The Hornets also converted two fourth-down tries on the drive on runs by Lamar Shaw.
NSU’s Tyler Clark hit Derrick Demps on an 11-yard touchdown pass to give NSU a 7-0 advantage with 3:11 left before halftime.
Clark was 13-of-22 for 104 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. His backup, Nico Flores, went 5-of-8 for 61 yards, with one interception.
The Spartans' Rolandan Finch had 13 carries for 46 yards, and he also caught a team-best six passes. Tight end Joseph Hawkins caught five passes for a game-high 68 yards.
Charleston Southern 25, VMI 17
Daniel Croghan III threw for 245 yards and two touchdowns as the visiting Buccaneers held off the Keydets.
Larry Jones III and Kevin Glears led Charleston Southern (7-0, 1-0 Big South) with a touchdown catch each. Christian Reyes added a score on the ground, and the Buccaneers' defense forced two turnovers.
Eric Kordenbrock was 21-of-38 for 263 yards and two touchdowns for Virginia Military Institute (1-5, 0-1).
Delaware 33, Albany 30
Sean Baner kicked a 42-yard field goal as time expired as the host Blue Hens overcame a late deficit to topple the Great Danes in a Colonial Athletic Association matchup in Newark.
Rob Jones recorded his second touchdown of the day by reeling in a 20-yard scoring strike from Trent Hurley with 1:42 remaining in the fourth quarter, and a 2-point pass forged a 30-30 tie. Andrew Pierce rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns for Delaware (5-2, 2-1), which rebounded from a 62-28 throttling by Maine last week.
Omar Osbourne rushed for 142 yards and three touchdowns and Will Fiacchi threw for 212 yards for Albany (1-6, 0-3), which dropped its fifth game in a row.
Division II (CIAA)
Heritage High graduate Terrence Malone ran for a 4-yard touchdown as Virginia Union (1-4) gained its first victory by defeating Lincoln 28-21 in Pennsylvania. ...
Winston-Salem State (4-1), ranked 16th in Division II, won 44-17 over J.C. Smith (3-1). ...
Jordan Anderson, a transfer from James Madison, rushed for 214 yards and five touchdowns on 34 carries as Virginia State improved to 5-1 with a 51-28 victory at Elizabeth City State (0-5). ...
Chowan (3-2) climbed over .500 by winning 31-21 at Bowie State (2-3). Woodside High graduate Robert Holland had seven catches for 100 yards for the Hawks, including a 3-yard TD but not including a grab for a 2-point conversion.
Sidney Henry returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown, sending host Hampden-Sydney (4-1) on its way to a 28-7 win over Bridgewater (3-2).
Nash Nance was 14-of-24 for 192 yards and ran for 78 yards and a TD on 15 carries for the Tigers. H-SC's Holton Walker made eight catches for 112 yards and a touchdown. ...
Marshall Hollerith’s 2-yard touchdown run with 3:55 remaining gave Washington and Lee (3-2) a 21-17 win at Emory and Henry (3-2).
The Generals’ Luke Terna ran for 169 yards on 16 carries, including a 73-yard TD. E&H’s Kyle Boden was 24-of-31 for 278 yards, a touchdown and an interception. ...
Host Guilford hammered Shenandoah 56-28. ...
Wesley (5-1), ranked No. 11 in Division III, blanked Virginia University of Lynchburg 40-0 in Dover, Del. ...
A week after upsetting Christopher Newport, Methodist (4-2) won 41-33 at Averett (1-5). ...
USA South contender Huntingdon (4-1) outlasted host Greensboro 48-40, dropping the Pride to 1-5.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun