RICHMOND, Va. - Richmond sophomore kicker Wil Kamin kicked the game-winning 20-yard field goal in overtime as #20 Richmond defeated #22/#23 James Madison 13-10 in a Colonial Athletic Association matchup at Robins Stadium, Nov. 6. The Dukes dropped their fourth-straight game to fall to 4-5 overall, 1-5 in league play and 5-5 all-time in overtime games, while the Spiders improved to 5-4 and 3-3 in conference play.
JMU jumped out to a 7-0 lead after rushing the ball 80 yards on six plays in 3:04. Redshirt-senior tailback Jamal Sullivan (Ruther Glen, Va./Caroline) rushed for 72 of the 80 yards on the drive, capping it off with a 12-yard touchdown scamper inside the pylon. Redshirt-junior kicker Dixon Wright (Crossnore, N.C./Avery County) connected on the point after to give the Dukes their first lead with 2:47 remaining in the first quarter.
The Spiders tied the contest just before the midway point of the second quarter after capitalizing on a Dudzik interception. After UR's Eric McBride picked off Dudzik, quarterback John Laub connected on the next play with Trey Grey for a 41-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 7-7.
The Dukes punted on the following drive, but Richmond's Justin Rogers muffed the punt and redshirt-sophomore long snapper Chris Beaver (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville) recovered the fumble. Five plays later, Wright kicked a 21-yard field goal to give JMU a 10-7 advantage with 3:14 remaining in the first half.
Richmond was driving in JMU territory, but Laub was sacked by redshirt-junior safety Vidal Nelson (Virginia Beach, Va./Kellam) and the ball popped loose back across midfield. Redshirt-freshman tackle Josh Wells (Mechanicsville, Va./Hanover) recovered the ball at the Richmond 44-yard line and the Dukes took a 10-7 lead into the locker room.
The Spiders opened the second half with a 15-play drive that took them to the JMU 1-yard line, but the Dukes' defense held them to just three points on a Wil Kamin 18-yard field goal with 6:01 remaining in the third quarter.
Sullivan took the ensuing kickoff 55 yards to the Richmond 37-yard line, but a fumbled handoff from Dudzik to Sullivan ended the drive as Richmond recovered to keep the score knotted at 10-all.
After the Spiders and Dukes each stalled, Taveion Cuffee intercepted Laub, but the Spiders' defense held. On the following drive for UR, Laub was again intercepted, this time by sophomore safety Jakarie Jackson, to keep the game tied 10 and force overtime.
In the first overtime period, the Spiders defense held JMU without a score to keep the game tied. Richmond took over for its possession and running back Tyler Kirchoff ran the ball on four-straight plays for 22 yards to take UR down to the 3-yard line to set up Kamin's game-winner.
Richmond outgained JMU 272-223, including holding the Dukes to just 74 yards of offense in the second half and 57 yards passing for the game. Again, penalties played a role for Madison on several important plays, finishing at nine penalties for 57 yards while Richmond only had five calls for 31 yards.
Sullivan posted his first career 100-yard rushing game, finishing with 25 carries for 137 yards and one touchdown, just the second 100-yard rushing game of the year for JMU. Dudzik was just 6-for-15 for 57 yards and two interceptions. Nelson finished with a team-best 13 tackles with one sack for 22 yards and forced one fumble.
Kirchoff finished the game with 15 carries for 72 yards, while Laub was 15-for-29 for 176 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Eric McBride led the UR defense with 18 tackles with 1.0 tackle for loss and one interception.
JMU returns home to Bridgeforth Stadium to take on William & Mary, Sat., Nov. 13 at 1:30 p.m. The Dukes will honor their 2010 seniors in a pre-game ceremony.