ORONO, Maine, Nov. 20, 2010 - James Madison's defense kept Maine out of the end zone for all but the game's initial series, including on a play from the three-yard line to end the contest, to lead the Dukes to a 14-10 victory Saturday in the season-finale for both football teams.
Maine pulled to within 14-10 early during the final quarter and ran 16 plays during the closing possession before JMU stopped a Black Bear receiver as time expired.
The victory was JMU's second straight and raised the Dukes' overall record to 6-5 and their Colonial Athletic Association mark to 3-5. It also gave JMU its seventh-consecutive winning season and its eighth-straight year with a .500 or better record.
Maine finished the year 4-7 overall and 3-5 in the CAA.
The Bears, with quarterback Warren Smith completing eight passes, reached the JMU's 15-yard line with less than a minute to play after starting the series from their 32. Smith then scrambled for nine yards to the JMU 6 on third and 10 and hit running back Pushaun Brown with a pass to the 3-yard line for a first down with 17.3 seconds left.
JMU sophomore linebacker Chad Byers (Charlottesville, Va./Blue Ridge School) stopped Smith on a keeper at the three with 12.4 seconds left on the following play, and Maine took its final timeout. Smith then hit wide receiver Jeff Falvey with a pass in the right flat, but JMU junior safety Jonathon Williams (Ridgeway, Va./Magna Vista) and junior cornerback Taveion Cuffee (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial/Fork Union) stopped the receiver for no gain.
Maine drove 73 yards in 11 plays on the game's first series to take a 7-0 lead. A 19-yard carry to the JMU 46 by Brown on a faked punt on a fourth-and-two situation kept the series alive for the Bears. They took advantage of a pass interference penalty to the JMU 31 on the following play and later got a 10-yard pass from Smith to Desmond Randall and a 10-yard run from Brown before Smith scored from four yards on a quarterback keeper with 8:55 left in the first quarter.
JMU had only one first down in its first four series until pulling into a 7-7 tie late during the first half. The Dukes drove 46 yard in eight plays after a short Maine punt and scored on senior tailback Jamal Sullivan's (Ruther Glen, Va./Caroline) three-yard run with 0:55 left in the half.
Redshirt-freshman quarterback/wide receiver Dae'Quan Scott (Staunton, Va./Robert E. Lee) hit redshirt-freshman wide receiver Renard Robinson (Baltimore, Md./Mt. St. Joseph's) on a 34-yard pass to the Maine 13 on second down, and the Dukes then used six straight running plays to reach the end zone. Senior quarterback Drew Dudzik (Clifton, Va./Centreville) kept the drive alive with a two-yard carry to the Maine 2-yard line on fourth and one, and Sullivan scored on second down.
Scott's completion and Robinson's reception were career firsts for both.
Scott gave JMU a 14-7 lead with a 43-yard scoring run five plays into the second half. He broke a tackle on the right side at the line of scrimmage on a quarterback keeper and scored with 12:15 left in the third quarter. Redshirt freshman tailback Jordan Anderson's (Chantilly, Va./Westfield) 28-yard kickoff return to the JMU 40 gave the Dukes good field position, and a nine-yard pass from Dudzik to sophomore tight end Brian Barlow (Stephens City, Va./Sherando) to the Maine 48 on third down and five kept the series going.
Maine threatened to score on its first possession of the final half, but the Bears missed on a 41-yard field goal attempt after moving from their 33 to as far as the JMU 19-yard line.
Maine pulled to within 14-10 with 10:09 to play when Brain Harvey kicked a 23-yard field goal. The Bears started the series at their 48 after Jerron McMillian's interception of a Scott pass, and a 10-yard scramble by Smith and personal foul penalty against JMU on the first play put them into scoring position
Scott ran for 61 yards and Sullivan for 60 for JMU, and Duzik hit on 5-of-6 passes for 30 yards. Sullivan raised his career rushing yards total to 1,556, finishing No. 16 on JMU's all-time rushing list.
The Dukes had 204 yards of total offense (140 rushing, 64 passing) and Maine posted 281 yards (163 rushing, 118 passing). Smith hit on 23-of-38 passes for 108 yards for the Bears.
Junior linebacker Pat Williams (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial) had 11 tackles, including a sack and 3.5 for loss, Jonathon Williams eight tackles and sophomore Chase Williams (Gaitherburg, Md./Northwest) seven stops for the Dukes along with a blocked field goal attempt.