HARRISONBURG, Va., Sept. 4, 2010 - Junior wide receiver Kerby Long (Arlington, Va./Yorktown) had a career-high 112 receiving yards and two touchdowns to lead James Madison to a 48-7 victory over visiting Morehead State, Sept. 4. Winning their 11th home opener in 12 tries under Head Coach Mickey Matthews, the Dukes moved to 1-0 on the season while the Eagles fell to 0-1.
JMU took control of the game on its first two possessions, pushing the ball into the end zone each time. JMU took the opening possession and went 63 yards on nine plays to find the end zone on a senior quarterback Drew Dudzik's (Clifton, Va./Centreville) one-yard scamper. Long was key on that drive with an acrobatic, one-handed grab for 47 yards to the MSU 3. The Dukes then forced an Eagle fumble that was recovered by junior Mike Allen (Powhatan, Va./Blessed Sacrament Huguenot) and returned to the Morehead 37. Five plays later, Dudzik again found the end zone, this time from eight yards out, to make it a 14-0 Dukes' advantage just over midway through the first quarter.
The next three possessions each resulted in turnovers, with JMU capitalizing on the last Eagle miscue. Madison moved down to the MSU 9, where the drive stalled. There, redshirt freshman Ben Hopewell (Waynesboro, Va./Wilson Memorial) connected on his first collegiate field goal attempt, splitting the uprights from 26 yards and making it 17-0 for the home team early in the second period.
JMU continued to add to its margin the remainder of the quarter, starting with another Hopewell field goal from 28 yards out. The Dukes added two more touchdowns, one on a 2-yard run by senior Jamal Sullivan (Ruther Glen, Va./Caroline) and the other on a 46-yard pass from Dudzik to Long to make it a 34-0 halftime advantage.
The Dukes scored on their first drive of the second half, as Long and Dudzik hooked up again, this time for a 19-yard strike and a 41-0 lead. The final JMU score occurred two drives later, as sophomore Lee Reynolds (Baltimore, Md/Baltimore Poly Tech) scored his first collegiate touchdown, on a 1-yard run, to make it 48-0.
MSU did crack the scoreboard late in the game, taking advantage off a JMU turnover. Getting the ball on the Dukes' 26 after a fumble, the Eagles took four plays to get it in the end zone, as Blake Stanley took it in from four yards out to make the final 48-7.
JMU outgained the visitors 483-152, including outrushing them 294-67. The Dukes had 24 first downs to the Eagles' six and were a plus-one on turnovers. Madison was just 5-of-13 on third-down conversions but 2-of-3 on fourth-down attempts.
For the Dukes, redshirt-senior Griff Yancey (Glen Allen, Va./Hermitage) and redshirt-freshman Jordan Anderson (Chantilly, Va./Westfield) led the rushing attack with 66 yards each, while Sullivan finished with 65 and one score. Dudzik was 8-of-15 through the air for 189 yards, two scores and one interception. Morehead was led by Stanley's 46 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries, while Zach Lewis was 12-for-24 for 85 yards and two interceptions.
Madison will head on the road next week to Blacksburg, Va., to take on FBS #6 Virginia Tech. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. The game can be seen live on the internet at ESPN3.com.