HARRISONBURG, Va., Dec. 7, 2008 – James Madison’s national semifinal playoff football game with Montana has been scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday (Dec. 12), the NCAA announced Sunday.
The nationally televised game (ESPN2) will be played at JMU’s Bridgeforth Stadium/Zane Showker Field with the winner advancing to the Dec. 19 NCAA Football Championship Subdivision title game in Chattanooga, Tenn.
This weekend’s other FCS playoff semifinal game will be Richmond at Northern Iowa at 4 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 13). That game will be televised nationally by ESPN.
JMU will take a 12-1 record and a team-record-tying 12-game winning streak into play this weekend. The Dukes are coming off a 31-27 home victory over Villanova Saturday (Dec. 6) in the playoffs’ second round. JMU is champion of the Colonial Athletic Association and defeated Wofford 38-35 in its playoff opener.
Montana is 13-1 and won 24-13 over Weber State Saturday (Dec. 6) for its ninth straight victory. The Grizzlies tied Weber State for this season’s Big Sky Conference championship, and they began the playoffs by beating Southland Conference representative Texas State 31-13 in the opening round.
JMU and Montana have met only once -- in the 2004 national title game where JMU posted a 31-21 victory in Chattanooga, Tenn. The 2004 season is the only other time JMU has reached the national semifinals while Montana will be making its ninth appearance in the playoffs’ round of four. The Grizzlies are 5-3 in semifinal games, and they won the 1995 and 2001 national championships.
Northern Iowa advanced to the playoffs’ semifinals Saturday with a 36-34 home win over New Hampshire, and Richmond won 33-13 at Appalachian State for its second straight playoff victory.
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