Playing Final CAA Road Game: The James Madison football squad will wrap up a two-game road swing with today's contest at Villanova. The Dukes opened the pair with a decisive 31-7 victory at Maine, Nov. 3.
The Coaches: James Madison Head Coach Mickey Matthews (West Texas State, '76) is in his 14th season at JMU and as a head coach overall with a 103-63 record.
Villanova Head Coach Andy Talley (Southern Connecticut, '67) is in his 28th year as head coach of the Wildcats with a 196-119-1 mark and 33rd overall as a head coach with a 224-137-2 record.
History With Villanova: This is the 21st meeting in the history of the two schools, with JMU holding a slim 11-9 advantage, but just 5-5 in Villanova. Head Coach Mickey Matthews is 8-6 against the Wildcats, as this is one of the few teams he has faced in each year of his JMU career, including twice during 2008 (one regular season and one in the playoffs) The Dukes have won four of the last six meetings between the two teams, including going 1-1 on the road. In the last meeting, JMU dominated the contest, winning 34-10 in Harrisonburg in 2011.
Villanova -- JMU
(Home 6-4, Away 5-5)
Date Location W/L Score
11/13/93 Away W 42- 3
10/15/94 Home W 31-23
9/23/95 Away W (ot) 28-27
11/16/96 Home L 23-40
10/4/97 Away L 17-49
9/19/98 Home L 30-34
10/2/99 Away W 23-20
10/7/00 Home W 57-23
10/6/01 Away L (2ot) 44-45
9/28/02 Home L 26-30
10/4/03 Away L 14-38
9/18/04 Away W 17- 0
11/12/05 Home W 28-13
11/11/06 Away L 20-21
9/29/07 Home W 35 - 7
10/25/08 Away W 23-19
12/6/08 Home W 31-27
10/17/09 Home L 0-27
10/23/10 Away L 7-14
10/15/11 Home W 34-10
Dukes Under Matthews in November: James Madison has had extensive success under Head Coach Mickey Matthews in the month of November. Overall, the Dukes are 30-18 overall in the fall month, including going 13-2 since 2008. In just regular season games, the mark is an impressive 27-15 in those 13-plus years, 20-5 overall since 2004 and 16-4 at Bridgeforth Stadium. The last time the Dukes lost a regular season game at home in November was Nov. 13, 2004, a 27-24 defeat at the hands of William & Mary and the last loss for JMU before reeling off five straight victories to win the 2004 National Championship.
Overall Reg. Season Home RS
1999 1-3 1-2 1-0
2000 1-2 1-2 1-0
2001 1-3 1-3 0-2
2002 2-1 2-1 1-0
2003 2-2 2-2 2-1
2004 3-1 2-1 1-1
2005 3-0 3-0 2-0
2006 2-2 2-1 1-0
2007 2-2 2-1 1-0
2008 4-0 3-0 2-0
2009 3-0 3-0 2-0
2010 2-1 2-1 1-0
2011 3-1 2-1 1-0
2012 1-0 1-0 0-0
Total 30-18 27-15 16-4
National Rankings: JMU came into the 2012 season with high expectations from both the coaches and the media, according to their respective polls. The Dukes were ranked eighth in the FCS Coaches Preseason Poll, while being in the No. 5 slot in The Sports Network Poll, which is voted on by sports information, media members, broadcasters and other dignitaries. Following the 10th overall week of play, Madison is now No. 9 in both the FCS Coaches Poll and The Sports Network poll.
The Dukes also earned significant recognition in several national preseason publications, with four of the five putting JMU in the top five. Phil Steele's Annual picked JMU second in its preseason rankings, while USA Today had Madison fourth. Athlon College Football and College Sporting News both had James Madison in the fifth spot, while Lindy's College Football picked the squad 13th nationally.
Last Year's Meeting - Dukes Control Game In Win Over Wildcats: In front of a Family Weekend crowd of 25,047, James Madison scored 28 unanswered points in the second half to secure a 34-10 victory over Villanova in a Colonial Athletic Association football game Oct. 15 at Bridgeforth Stadium/Zane Showker Field.
JMU sophomore tailback Jordan Anderson's rush into the end zone gave JMU its first lead. That was followed by sophomore tailback Dae'Quan Scott's touchdown run on a swing pass from freshman quarterback Jace Edwards, the first of his career. Edwards then connected on his longest career pass, an 80-yard touchdown strike to senior wide receiver Kerby Long. Anderson capped the offensive burst with his third touchdown of the game on an 8-yard rush.
James Madison finished the game with 23 first downs and 456 yards of total offense on a balanced 253 rushing yards and 203 passing yards. Villanova tallied 107 yards of rushing and 127 total passing yards.
Edwards threw 9-for-12 for a career-high 203 yards. Scott led the team with 109 rushing yards with Anderson contributing 85 yards and his three scores. Long recorded 103 receiving yards for JMU, 80 of which came on his fourth quarter touchdown reception. (Full recap on page 20.)
Last Time Out- A Solid All-Around Win at Maine:Behind a stingy defense and redshirt junior Dae'Quan Scott's third straight 100-yard rushing game, No. 10 James Madison put together a complete game in a 31-7 Colonial Athletic Association victory over host Maine, Nov. 3.
The Black Bears only managed 104 total yards and committed three turnovers, including 32 yards on 25 plays in the first half and two interceptions, only crossing into JMU territory twice in the entire game, both times to the Madison 48. On the other hand, JMU had 476 yards of total offense, including 314 rushing yards, held the ball for almost 15 more minutes than the Black Bears and converted 11-of-20 third-down opportunities.
Scott put together 121 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries for his fourth 100-yard game of the year and 12th of his career, moving into 11th on the all-time rushing list for JMU with 2,206 yards. Coming off the bench, redshirt junior quarterback Justin Thorpe took over and had 111 yards rushing and a pair of scores on 16 carries, the second time this year the Dukes have had two 100-yard rushers in a game. Thorpe was also 9-for-12 for 108 yards and one touchdown through the air, hitting redshirt senior tight end Brian Barlow for four completions, 79 yards and one touchdown. Redshirt junior linebacker Stephon Robertson led the defense with seven tackles and one interception. (Full recap on page 21.)
Ranking High In FCS Football: JMU finds itself among the leaders in the nation in various statistical categories in the opening portion of the season. Offensively, the Dukes' average of 226.11 rushing yards ranks 13th among FCS teams and the 418.22 yards of total offense ranks 30th. Defensively, the 17.56 points per game given up is tops in the CAA and ranks 12th nationally while the total defense yardage of 305.33 is tops in the league and 12th overall. Additionally, Madison's average of 37.73 net punting yards is first in the league and 16th among FCS teams.
Individually, redshirt-junior running back Dae'Quan Scott is second in the CAA and 25th nationally in rushing per game at 99.29 yards per game while leading the league and ranking24th nationally in all-purpose runner yardage at 139.00 yards per game.He is also second in the CAA and tied for 10th in FCS with 9.43 points per game. Redshirt-junior linebacker Stephon Robertson has moved up to fourth in the CAA and tied for 50th nationally in tackles at 9.11 per game. Redshirt-junior kicker Cameron Starke is third in the league and tied for 27th in FCS football with 1.11 field goals per game, while ranking ninth in the CAA and tied for 65th in scoring at 6.78 points per game.
Matthews Reaches the Century Mark: JMU Head Coach Mickey Matthews recently accomplished a historic milestone in his coaching career. In his 14th season at the helm of the Dukes, Matthews earned his 100th career victory with a 13-10 win over then-No. 12 Towson, Oct. 6. He is currently 25th on the FCS career active victories list with 103 victories, just behind New Hampshire's Sean McDonnell with 104 wins.
Thorpe Named CAA Offensive Player of the Week: Redshirt junior quarterback Justin Thorpe was named CAA Offensive Player of the Week, Nov. 5, for his play at Maine the previous Saturday. It was his first weekly honor of 2012 and third of his career (including a pair of Rookie of the Week honors in 2009) as well as the fifth for JMU this year.
Thorpe came up clutch off the bench for a Dukes squad that helped enhance its chances at a coveted playoff spot with a 31-7 road win over Maine. The junior signal caller finished with 16 carries for 111 yards and a pair of scores to complement a contest in which he went an efficient 9-for-12 for 108 yards through the air with a third touchdown, no interceptions and no sacks. Thorpe led JMU to an overall dominant day on the offensive end, as the team tallied 476 yards of total offense, an 11-for-20 third-down conversion rate and a nearly 15-minute advantage in time of possession.
Scott Chewing Up Ground:James Madison running back Dae'Quan Scott has been eating up yardage this season. In his seven contests, Scott leads the team with 695 yards on 125 carries (5.6 yards per carry) and eight touchdowns. His average of 99.29 yards per game ranks second in the CAA and 25th nationally. He has also has 22 receptions for 197 yards (9.0 yards per catch) and three scores. His 9.43 points per game is second in the league and tied for 10th nationally. After missing the West Virginia and Rhode Island contests, Scott returned to the Towson game and had 22 carries for 85 yards and two catches for 12 yards to help the Dukes to the win over the No. 12 Tigers. Most recently, he posted his fourth 100-yard rushing game of the year, third in a row and 12th of his career when he had 23 carries for 121 yards and one touchdown against Maine, Nov. 3. In the Maine game, Scott continued to move up the JMU career rushing charts to 11th with 2,206 yards with Ron Stith (1973-76) in 10th at 2,308 yards. He also ranks 10th at JMU in career scoring with 174 points, two points behind Maurice Fenner (2003-06) in ninth and 12 points back of Rodney Landers (2005-08) and Curtis Keaton (1998-99) at 186 points. He also is ninth in career all-purpose yards at 3,032 yards, trailing Curtis Keaton (1998-99) in eighth at 3,120 yards.
Robertson Getting In On the Play: Redshirt-junior linebacker Stephon Robertson has shown a nose for the football throughout his collegiate career. A Sports Network Third-Team Preseason All-American and Preseason All-CAA linebacker in 2012, Robertson has led the Dukes in tackles in six of the nine games, including a career-high 15 in the win over No. 12 Towson. He is averaging 9.11 tackles per game (82 total, 34 solos), which is fourth in the CAA and the defense he leads ranks ahead of the top two tacklers in the league. He had his first pass interception of the year and second of his career at Maine. He has contributed five pass breakups on the season, along with 6.5 tackles for loss. He has recorded double-digit tackles in five games this season, including four of the last five - all CAA games.
For his career, Robertson has started all 32 games he has played and has posted 285 career tackles.
Jakarie Not Afraid to "Jak" Opponents Up: Senior safety Jakarie Jackson has shown his ability to make an impact defensively during his time at JMU. On Sept. 15, Jackson put together a career-high 14 tackles against West Virginia in what Head Coach Mickey Matthews said was his best collegiate game. Most recently, he had a game-high 12 tackles in the Homecoming victory over Georgia State, Oct. 27. With his 12 tackles against GSU, Jackson surpassed the career 200-tackle mark, as he is currently at 206. This season, he ranks fourth on the team with 51 tackles (34 solos) in his seven games played along with 2.0 tackles for loss and four passes defended.
Spreading the Love (And the Ball) Around: The Dukes' quarterbacks been utilizing a variety of receivers this year. So far this season, 14 different Dukes have had receptions, with 12 of them having multiple receptions and nine of them with 10 or more in the first nine games. Redshirt-senior tight end Brian Barlow and sophomore wide receiver DeAndre' Smith are the leading targets with 25 and 24 receptions, respectively. Barlow has a team-high 369 yards and two scores, while Smith has 271 yards and a pair of scores. Redshirt-junior running back Dae'Quan Scott is third at 22 receptions for 197 yards and three scores.
Smith Coming Into His Own As a Wide Receiver: Sophomore DeAndre' Smith is continuing to show his growth with Madison, tallying his best game of his career at Richmond, Oct. 20. Smith had six receptions for career highs of 122 yards and two touchdowns. For the season, Smith is second for the Dukes with 24 receptions for 271 yards and a pair of scores.
Starke Is Solid With the Foot But Splits The Uprights Even Better at Home: Redshirt-junior kicker Cameron Starke has shown his ability to hit clutch kicks for the Dukes, having connected on two final-play, game-winning field goals last year. Overall in his career, he is now 25-of-33 (.758) on field goals and 65-of-66 (.985) on extra points. However at Bridgeforth Stadium, he has hit nine of his 13 field goal attempts, including a career-long 49-yarder earlier this season against Towson and is 39-of-40 (.975) on PATs. His only missed kicks ever in Bridgeforth was a point after attempt against Villanova last year, a 48-yard field goal attempt in swirling winds against William & Mary, Oct. 13 and three from beyond 40 yards in a swirling wind against Georgia State, Oct. 27.
Skahn Making His Punts Count: Redshirt-senior David Skahn has been making sure his punting attempts have counted for the Dukes this season. Skahn has 38 punts this season for an average of 38.7 yards per punt with 13 inside the 20, one touchback and a career-long of 65. What is even more impressive is that just a single punt this year has been returned for three yards, making his net punting average 37.73, which ranks first in the CAA and 16th in FCS football currently.
Thorpe Successful Under Center Leading the Dukes: Redshirt-junior quarterback Justin Thorpe has been a very solid starter for Madison when he has been in the game. Overall, he has a 16-7 record as a starting quarterback as well as being 16-5 against Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) opponents. Even more impressive is that Thorpe had led JMU to wins in last 14 regular season FCS starts prior to the loss at Richmond Oct. 20 and 15 of his last 17 FCS games overall.
Thorpe Receives Sixth Year From NCAA: Quarterback Justin Thorpe has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA, announced recently. He will now be listed as a redshirt junior for JMU for the remainder of the season. Thorpe had a season-ending injury as a true freshman in 2008 and then was injured also in the first half of the 2010 season opener against Morehead State, which ended that season. In cases where there have been two season ending injuries early in the year, application can be made for a sixth year, though not always granted.
JMU Against Ranked Teams: In its FCS history, Madison has a 54-68-1 record against ranked opponents. Since taking over in 1999, Head Coach Mickey Matthews has coached in a majority of those games, posting a 36-32 record against ranked teams.
JMU had three straight wins during the 2011 season over top-25 teams on consecutive weekends for the first time since the 2004 season, when the Dukes won four straight road games to win the National Championship. It also was the first time in school history during the regular season that JMU had posted three straight wins in consecutive weeks over ranked opponents. However, Madison fell just short last season against the last four ranked foes, the first on Oct. 8 when it dropped a heartbreaking 25-24 loss to #19 Maine, followed by Oct. 29 defeat at #15 Old Dominion, 23-20 and a 28-10 loss at #9 New Hampshire, Nov. 5. The last came in the second round of the NCAA Division I Championship, losing 26-14 at No. 4 and eventual national champion North Dakota State.
This year, the only ranked team Madison has faced was Towson, when the Dukes earned a 13-10 home victory over the No. 12 Tigers, Oct. 6.
Harvey Has a Breakthrough Against William & Mary: Redshirt junior wide receiver Arlandis Harvey made his presence felt in the double-overtime victory over William & Mary, Oct. 13. Against the Tribe, Harvey had career bests of six receptions, 113 receiving yards and his first collegiate touchdown. The 113 yards were the first 100-yard game by a receiver this season and the first since Kerby Long had 103 versus Villanova last October. With the 113 yards versus the Tribe, he surpassed his entire previous career total of yardage of 96 yards on 12 receptions.
Birdsong Made History at Quarterback: True freshman Michael Birdsong made his first collegiate start in the Georgia State game, leading the Dukes to a victory. Birdsong was 11-for-23 for 119 yards and one touchdown through the air while carrying the ball six times for 43 yards.
The start made him the first true freshman to start at the JMU signal caller slot since Head Coach Mickey Matthews' fourth season as head man of the Dukes in 2002. That year, Jayson Cooke started the season finale at Northeastern on Nov. 23, 2002, a game won by the Huskies 41-10. Other true freshman starters during Matthews' tenure have been current wide receivers coach Clayton Matthews (9/22/11) and Mike Connelly (10/23/99).
Matthews Coming Off the Bye Week: Head Coach Mickey Matthews has proven that he knows how to manage the Dukes through a bye week in his tenure. He is currently 10-4 in games after a bye, with two of those losses coming in the 2001 season, a 17-16 heartbreaking loss to Richmond in 2007 and last season's 23-20 defeat at Old Dominion.
Thorpe Through the Air: Redshirt-junior quarterback Justin Thorpe got it going through the airwaves in the win at Rhode Island, Sept. 22. Thorpe had career highs of 26 completions, 40 attempts and 340 yards while adding two touchdowns and two interceptions to the effort. His 340 yards was the 12th 300-yard passing game in school history and ranks fifth all time. The last 300-yard passing game for the Dukes was on Sept. 29, 2007, as Rodney Landers threw for exactly 300 yards against Villanova. The last time Madison had 300 yards passing overall was on Sept. 19, 2009, when the squad posted 341 versus VMI.
For the season, Thorpe is 103-for-162 (63.6 percent) for 1,251 yards, eight touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also is second on the team in rushing with 108 carries for 541 yards and six scores. Most recently, he came off the bench and had 16 carries for 111 yards and two touchdowns to lead Madison to a road victory at Maine, Nov. 3.
Precursor to Something Greater This Year?: All college football fans want to look for something that gives them an indication of possible success for their teams. Interestingly for Dukes' fans, that may be the opening week's win over Saint Francis and playing West Virginia as their precursors for this year. Last year, the Red Flash traveled for its second game of the season to a nationally-ranked opponent -- North Dakota State -- and dropped a 56-3 decision to the Bison, who went on to last year's FCS National Championship. The 2004 season was the only time that JMU has taken on West Virginia, as the Dukes won the next six games and eventually went on to a 13-2 record and the I-AA National Championship. So the JMU Nation hopes the same end result occurs for its squad this season.
Oh Captain, My Captains: James Madison's Justin Thorpe, Brian Barlow, Earl Watford, Jakarie Jackson, Stephon Robertson and Tyler Snow have been selected by their teammates as captains for the 2012 football season. Thorpe and Barlow are captains for the second straight season, while this is the first time for the remaining four.
Playoffs Expanding Again in 2013: Last year, JMU took advantage of the playoff expansion to 20 teams by grabbing one of the last slots in the 2011 FCS Playoffs and advancing to the second round after defeating Eastern Kentucky. Next year, the playoffs increase in participation again, as 24 teams will be selected for the field, 11 via auto bids as the Pioneer League's champion will now be automatically invited to the postseason. The top eight teams will be seeded, receive first-round byes and host second-round games. The 16 other teams will bid to host first-round games.
Last Year's Bridgeforth Crowds Set Records: There is no question that Sept. 10, 2011's crowd for the home opener against Central Connecticut State was the largest in Bridgeforth Stadium history at that time. With an attendance of 25,102, the total surpassed the previous high of 17,163 when JMU posted a dramatic 35-32 come-from-behind win over Appalachian State on Sept. 20, 2008. In fact, all five games last season surpassed the previous high, with the tops coming in the Homecoming victory over Richmond at 25,742. Last year, the Dukes ranked second in the nation in average attendance at 25,002 fans per game, while the 125,010 set a new school record for regular season attendance total, ranking as seventh most nationally.
Currently, JMU is ranked tops among CAA scholls and third among FCS schools in average attendance this year at 22,730 fans per game.
Doing Work In Overtime: The Dukes had their fourth overtime game in as many seasons in the double-overtime victory over William & Mary, Oct. 13. JMU is now 6-6 all-time in overtime games, with Head Coach Mickey Matthews now holding a 3-4 mark in the extra period contests. The win over the Tribe also snapped a three-game skid for JMU in games going overtime.
Home Is Where the Heart (And the Victories) Are: The Dukes are tough to beat at Bridgeforth Stadium under Head Coach Mickey Matthews. In his 13-plus years at the helm, Matthews has led his squad to a solid 63-19 (.768) record in Harrisonburg. What makes that more impressive is that eight of the losses occurred during a two-year span (2001-02) when the Dukes had a combined overall record of 7-16 (JMU was 2-9 in 2001 and 5-7 in 2002). This year, JMU is 5-0 at home, its 10th-straight .500 or better season at home.
Additionally, Madison has only lost two non-conference games at home, and only one regular-season, out-of-league home tilt, under Matthews in 26 contests. The two losses were in the 2002 home opener against Hampton and the 2008 National Semifinal against Montana.
Matthews' JMU Home Mark
Year Overall Conf.
1999 5-0 4-0
2000 6-0 4-0
2001 1-4 0-4
2002 3-4 2-3
2003 5-1 3-1
2004 5-1 3-1
2005 5-1 3-1
2006 5-0 4-0
2007 5-1 3-1
2008 8-1 4-0
2009 3-2 2-2
2010 3-3 1-3
2011 4-1 3-1
2012 5-0 3-0
Totals 63-19 39-17
Matthews The Winningest: Mickey Matthews (1999-Pres.) became the all-time leader in victories among JMU football coaches Sept. 27, 2008 in a 24-10 victory at Maine. The win gave the then-10th-year Dukes coach a 68-45 JMU record. It is now at 102-63 overall, which currently ranks 22nd among all active coaches in terms of winning percentage and 25th in victories.
Challace McMillin (1972-84), JMU's first football coach, had a 67-56-1 record during 13 JMU seasons and held the program's previous coaching victories record. McMillin has retired as a JMU kinesiology teaching staff member, but he continues to work with JMU athletic teams in a sports psychology role.
JMU'S COACHING RECORDS
Coach (Years) W-L Pct. NCAA
Mickey Matthews (1999-Pres.) 103-63 .618 6
Challace McMillin (1972-84) 67-56-1 .544 0
Joe Purzycki (1985-90) 34-30-2 .530 1
Rip Scherer (1991-94) 29-19 .604 2
Alex Wood (1995-98) 23-22 .511 1
* Challace McMillin's listed coaching record at JMU does not include the program's inaugural football season of 1972 when the team's schedule did not include the minimum number of games to constitute an NCAA-recognized varsity football season. JMU's 1972 team played five games against a mixture of college varsity, junior varsity and prep-school teams.
Dukes in the Show: JMU is well represented in the NFL on the 2012 rosters entering the season. The Dukes have two former players that were on opening day rosters for the 2012 season. Linebacker Akeem Jordan has spent his first five years in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles and is starting this season at weakside linebacker. Starting his third season in the NFL is former defensive end turned linebacker Arthur Moats (Buffalo Bills), who is currently the starter at outside linebacker. Former tight end Mike Caussin (Buffalo Bills) is on the physically unable to perform list currently after being signed last year off Jacksonville's practice squad. Most recently, former defensive end D.J. Bryant was signed to the practice squad of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 18.
All-Time Versus the CAA: For the last eight-plus seasons, James Madison has been among the top CAA teams. During that time span, the Dukes have put together a 50-20 conference mark and trail New Hampshire by half a game. Overall JMU is 76-32 in that span, surpassed only by New Hampshire's 81-31 mark. Additionally, Madison is the only school in this group to have at least a .500 overall record in each year since 2003.
CAA Records 2004-Pres. Conf. Overall
New Hampshire 51-20 81-31
James Madison 50-20 76-32
Richmond 40-29 68-40
Villanova 38-31 63-45
Delaware 37-32 65-42
Maine 34-35 49-51
William & Mary 34-36 55-48
Towson 21-48 39-58
Rhode Island 15-53 27-68
NOTE: During this time period until the 2010 season, CAA teams each season played five other teams in their division and three of the six teams in the other division for an eight-game league slate. With the dropping of football by two CAA schools prior to 2010, the league eliminated the divisions and are one unified standings. After the 2011 season, Massachusetts moved up to the FBS level.
JMU vs. CAA
Teams (* Former league teams, Includes when not CAA members) JMU Last
Opponent Overall Met
Boston University* 5-1-0 1997
Connecticut* 4-1-0 1999
Delaware 8-12-0 2010
Georgia State 1-0-0 2012
Hofstra* 6-3-0 2009
Maine 11-5-0 2012
Massachusetts* 7-8-1 2011
New Hampshire 7-7-0 2011
Northeastern* 12-8-0 2007
Old Dominion 0-1-0 2011
Rhode Island 8-3-0 2012
Richmond 13-17-0 2012
Towson 18-5-1 2012
Villanova 11-9-0 2011
William & Mary 20-15-0 2012
Totals 131-95-2 (.578)
James Madison Football On TV: James Madison is no stranger to being televised and it holds true this year, as the Dukes are on the tube six times, with a pair of nationally-televised contests as part of the CAA's package. JMU was first on television on Sept. 15 from FedEx Field as the West Virginia game was televised on Root Sports Pittsburgh. Following that, Madison made its first of two appearances on NBC Sports Network when it defeated defending CAA champion Towson on Oct. 6, followed by a win on Comcast Sports Network against William & Mary game on Oct. 13. The Oct. 20 loss at Richmond was televised on Comcast as was the 31-7 Nov. 3 victory at Maine. The regular-season finale against Old Dominion Nov. 17 is on NBC Sports Network. Currently the Dukes are 3-2 on television this season.
Dukes After A Loss Under Matthews: In its 13-plus seasons under current Head Coach Mickey Matthews, James Madison has a 30-25 record in games after a loss (other than season finale losses). However, that record takes a better turn starting in the 2004 season, as the Dukes are an improved 17-10 in those games after a loss. Also, JMU has only had four multiple-game losing streaks since 2004, with the longest a four-game skid each in 2009 and 2010.
This season, JMU rebounded from its loss to West Virginia with a 32-7 victory at Rhode Island in the CAA opener for the Dukes. Then following the loss at Richmond, Madison got back to winning ways with a 28-21 victory over Georgia State.
Robertson Earns National Weekly Honor: Redshirt junior linebacker Stephon Robertson has been named National FCS Defensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness. Robertson had a career-high 15 tackles, including 0.5 tackles for loss, in the dramatic win over then-No. 12 Towson. He had three solo tackles as well as two tackles and one pass breakup that ended Towson drives.
JMU Football History: The 2012 season is JMU's 41st season of football, its 39th varsity football season, its 34th season with football scholarship players and its 33rd season competing at what is now the NCAA's Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level, formerly Division I-AA.
JMU began football in 1972, moved to a recognized varsity schedule in 1974, first awarded scholarships for the 1979 season and moved to Division I-AA in 1980. JMU moved from Division III to Division II in 1979 and to then-Division I-AA for the 1980 season.
JMU's top seasons in addition to winning the 2004 NCAA Division I-AA championship (13-2) have been in 2008 when the Dukes reached the FCS semifinals as the playoffs' top-seeded team and compiled a 12-2 record, 2007 (8-4, NCAA playoffs), 2006 (9-3, NCAA playoffs), 1999 (8-4, NCAA playoffs), 1995 (8-4, NCAA playoffs), 1994 (10-3, NCAA playoffs, second round), 1991 (9-4, NCAA playoffs, second round), 1987 (9-3, NCAA playoffs), 1982 (8-3), 1978 (8-2, No. 9, Division III), and 1975 (9-0-1, College Division).
JMU UNDER MATTHEWS
Year Overall Conf.
1999 8-4 7-1 NCAA
2000 6-5 4-4
2001 2-9 0-9
2002 5-7 3-6
2003 6-6 4-5
2004 13-2 7-1 NCAA Title
2005 7-4 5-3
2006 9-3 7-1 NCAA
2007 8-4 6-2 NCAA
2008 12-2 8-0 NCAA
2009 6-5 4-4
2010 6-5 3-5
2011 8-5 5-3 NCAA
2012 7-2 5-1
Totals 103-63 68-45
Preseason All-America Honors: James Madison's Earl Watford, Stephon Robertson and Dae'Quan Scott were named Preseason All-Americans by The Sports Network, the organization announced. Watford was a first-team selection at offensive guard, while Robertson and Scott were on the third team at linebacker and all-purpose, respectively.
Preseason All-CAA Awards: Redshirt-senior offensive lineman Earl Watford, redshirt-senior h-back/tight end Brian Barlow, redshirt-junior linebacker Stephon Robertson and redshirt-junior return specialist/running back Dae'Quan Scott were selected to the CAA's 25-man preseason squad.
Former Duke Haley Enshrined in College Football Hall of Fame: Former James Madison football All-American Charles Haley was enshrined in the College Football Hall Of Fame, July 15-16, 2011 in South Bend, Ind. He was the first ever player from a CAA school and sixth person overall (five previous were coaches) to be elected to the Hall.
Haley was a four year starter at JMU from 1982-85. He was a two-time All-American and a three-time Defensive MVP at Madison. As a senior at JMU, Haley was voted a 1985 Associated Press First-Team I-AA All-American and both the Richmond Touchdown Club and Roanoke Times & World News' State Defensive Player of the Year. He leads JMU's all-time tackles list with 506, including three seasons of more than 100 tackles, and his 22 tackles at Shippensburg during the 1983 season still ranks as the eighth-highest single-game total in JMU history. He also added three interceptions and 17 quarterback sacks to his total.
In 1986, after his senior season Haley was selected in the fourth round of the NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, as he was the No. 96 pick overall, the highest ever in school history. The first ever JMU player to be drafted into the NFL, Haley went on to become the only player in the league's history to win five Super Bowls, two with the 49ers and three with the Dallas Cowboys. He was also selected to five Pro Bowls during his career, as well as being a two-time First-Team All-Pro and 1990 NFC Defensive Player of the Year. He finished his professional career with 100.5 sacks, including a career-high 16 in 1990. He had eight fumble recoveries and scored one touchdown in the NFL. He retired in 1999 before becoming an assistant coach for the Detroit Lions.
Former JMU Standouts: In addition to the former Dukes currently active with professional football organizations, JMU's leading all-time performers include several other players who have enjoyed success in the NFL - placekicker Scott Norwood (1978-81), wide receiver Gary Clark (1980-83), defensive end Charles Haley (1982-85), linebacker Dion Foxx (1990-93), wide receiver Macey Brooks (1993-96), running back Curtis Keaton (1998-99), tight end Ed Perry (1993-96) and return specialist Delvin Joyce (1997-2000).
Norwood received All-Pro honors as a placekicker with the Buffalo Bills. Clark was All-Pro with the Washington Redskins and a member of two Super Bowl title teams and later played with the Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins. He was selected in the first round of the first United States Football League draft in 1984.
Haley was the first player to be a member of five Super Bowl title teams while playing with the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys. He was the first Duke to be a first-team Division I-AA All-America and the first Duke chosen in the NFL draft (San Francisco, 1986, fourth round). He is JMU's career tackles leader.
Foxx played with the Miami Dolphins. Brooks was with the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears.
Keaton was with the Cincinnati Bengals and New Orleans Saints after being the 1999 Atlantic 10 offensive player of the year when he ran for 1,719 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Perry was a tight end and long snapper with the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs after being Miami's sixth-round 1997 draft pick and first-team All-Yankee Football Conference during each of his final three collegiate seasons.
Joyce was a return specialist for the New York Giants and New York Jets. He ended his career at JMU as the only player in Division I-AA history with 1,000 yards in each of the career statistical categories of rushing, receiving, punt returns and kickoff returns and as the all-time Division I-AA leader in punt return yards and combined kick return yards. He holds many of JMU's career kick return marks and is the program's all-time leader in all-purpose yards with 5,659.
Two other former Dukes saw extensive time during the 2007 preseason with NFL teams, including tailback Alvin Banks (2003-06) with the New York Jets and offensive lineman Corey Davis (2003-06) with the Buffalo Bills. Justin Rascati, JMU's starting quarterback from 2004-06, briefly was with the Chicago Bears.